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MLS players ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement

The start of the new season could be pushed back but at least we’re getting a new season.

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The MLS Players Association ratified the newly reworked Collective Bargaining Agreement on Monday, clearing the way for the 2021 season to begin in April as planned. The players’ bargaining committee had agreed tentatively on Friday with the league on the new deal but the larger player pool signed off on it to help make the news official.

The MLSPA released a statement that thanked other North American players’ unions as well as various supporters’ groups for backing their efforts.

MLS is still hoping to open preseason camps on February 22 though there is a chance that could get delayed by a week. The same could be said for the April 3 start to the regular season.

For those keeping score at home this marks the third time in a year that the players have agreed to a new CBA. Last February, the league and players agreed to some big changes that they then re-discussed again in June.

This new CBA extends now into 2027. Players were also able to avoid paycuts in the short-term and secure some larger raises in the final two years of this new deal.

What do you make of the players getting a new CBA (again) here? Happy that the regular season will go on as planned?