Ahead of the scheduled expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement on Friday, Major League Soccer and the Major League Soccer Players Association announced Thursday that the agreement would be extended one more week and expire on February 7.
Here is a joint statement from MLS and the MLSPA:
”Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA) today announced that they have agreed to extend the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) through February 7, 2020. The two groups have engaged in productive discussions and will continue to negotiate a new CBA.”
Seeing that both sides are saying that productive talks have been taken place so far is very encouraging. Both are working towards not having any sort of work stoppage that would prevent the start of the league’s 25th season on February 29.
The players reportedly are looking to get an increase in earnings, while also seeking to simplify or even remove allocation money mechanisms, have access to more charter flights and secure more freedom to move throughout the league.
As you might expect, this is going to be an on-going story to follow over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully things are ironed out smoothly for both sides and we still get the start of the regular season on time, as expected.