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Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by AndyMead, Nov 11, 2004.
But no mention of single table.
Great week for MLS.
Big news indeed. It's a major step forward.
Yeah, but a pure league would have free agency.
All-in-all great news for the league and its players. Thanx for posting it.
On a serious note, it looks like they may have traded that for increases in licensing, etc., which is more significant given the adidas deal, which shouuld get gear into more stores.
...and no American football lines on the "pitch."
Premiership and Coke Championship "pitches" have rugby lines on them on occasion, what's the difference? Maybe the football lines are just a sign of our increasing "sophistication."
Happy to hear it. The raising of the league minimum salary should help keep some of the top young talent from heading overseas. Hopefully preventing situations where players who are drafted leave to try and make it with a DII English team instead of giving it a go here.
where was that smart aleck comment in the last few days about this never getting done?
Oops. Sorry, I forgot the .
For the background story on the "impurity of MLS soccer," read this thread.
On second thought, don't bother.
Back on topic, this announcement sure came out of the blue. Was anyone aware that the two parties were this close to announcing an agreement?
Monday's announcement: Quakes to stay in SJ for 2005
Yesterday's announcement: Adidas and the reserve league
Today's annoucement: CBA between MLS and the Players' Union.
I can't wait to see what tomorrow's big announcement will be.
is that the actual logo?
MLS, Players' Union Reach Tentative Deal
Wait, I mean...
Damn, it took BT less than 40 minutes to rewrite that press release.
yes. Wilt had suggested it was close.
today the MVP will be named
is free agency really necessary in MLS? hopefully it's changing, but do players ask themselves, "will that AEG team pay me more than this AEG team". a little overboard, but still, there's always the Swedish second division as an alternative. I don't see MLS not accomadating older players' wishes on location any less than other US pro sports does
They should have just gone with MLS at the top and a big P.U. in the middle.
1. Free agency isn't necessarily who will pay more - especially with the tight salary caps - but about a players ability to control where he plays once his contract runs out. MLS has basically reinstituted MLB's old reserve clause.
2. The fact is - if the MLSPU traded Free Agency for things like health benefits, a 401k, and increased salaries for development and minimum salary players, then it was likely a good decision. This being the first collective bargaining agreement, having that agreement affect and help virtually every player is key. Free agency would only affect a relatively small, and likely well-paid, set of players.
the lawsuit seems ancient history as most of the players involved are gone
any word about how much the developmental pay will go up? if 4-6 new developemental spots are added, that'll be more of an issue. seems like they have medical benefits covered. With a little off the books help on housing and meals, dev pay isn't that bad of a short-term option as it might seem (at ages 21-23).
MLS is in competition with Europe and other professions. I don't mind losing out to Europe in some cases, but it'll improve the league to keep more of the top talent playing soccer
First wire hit online I got was at 2:02 p.m.
What you see is all that has been released. Until the players have ratified the deal, I'm not sure how many of the details will come out.
The press release was emailed at 1:41pm, and the time on the MLSnet.com item is 1:39pm.
Trusdell doesn't mess around.
NHL doesn't allow free player movement until age 31 IIRC. NFL has "franchise players". NBA allows the team holding player rights to almost always offer more. MLB is a big mess that I think will self implode within 10 years (just my opinion, most probably disagree).
I think we agree free agency would be nice. But I'm not a huge fan considering it works against giving all markets a competitive fair playing field. If pro athletes get paid to play sports and don't get to pick their place to live until age 30, I don't feel that sorry for them. But this is all a little off topic.