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MLS labor update

With collective bargaining agreement talks interrupted by weather issues this week, MLS and the players' union have agreed to continue negotiations through Feb. 25, league officials said Thursday evening.

The current contract expired Jan. 31, but in an effort to reach a deal and avoid interrupting preseason preparations, the sides had extended the deadline to Friday.

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2010; 6:41 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Snow hates soccer.

Posted by: Reignking | February 11, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

They needed to have the talks in DC. Just how geeked up everyone in town is for the Caps would give them a little perspective if there is a lockout or strike. No one would miss them and if and when the league comes back from a stoppage, no one will care.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | February 11, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Incidentally, Jay, they WERE supposed to have talks in DC this week, but the snow stopped them from happening. Thus, the extension.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | February 11, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Steve, here's your headline:

"Labor Paynes Kevin"

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 11, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

People that use exclamation points after signing their names = d-bags. Thx.

Posted by: horace1 | February 11, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

We have all agreed that this will never end.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 11, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I would miss United, and if they come back I will care, so speak for yourself dude.

I love United through the good and bad unlike some other bandwagon fans in DC.

Posted by: Norteno4life | February 12, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

The question is if MLS replaced the players with scabs would the Dallas and New England "fans" notice?

Posted by: Southeasterner | February 12, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

I'd miss United as well. They are literally the only thing in DC I like enough to keep me happy with living in the area. Seriously.
If the NFL got locked out I wouldn't lose too much sleep, as I watch them all on tv anyway. If I couldn't make my pilgrimages to RFK I'd get pretty depressed.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 12, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

We have all agreed that this will never end.

Posted by: UnitedDemon |

The snow or the talks?

Posted by: Reignking | February 12, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Nice, Seattle! I always find it interesting that stories like this are ignored, but I find them in Spanish newspapers.

http://www.examiner.com/x-4525-Seattle-Gun-Rights-Examiner~y2010m2d11-Charges-backlash-follow-bus-tunnel-beating-what-can-citizens-actually-do

The so-called “security guards” didn’t intervene, and just stood by essentially as spectators. Allegedly, prior to the attack the 15-year-old victim had sought help from two Seattle police officers, and was essentially ignored, according to published reports. That girl also allegedly pepper sprayed one of the men about 30 minutes prior to the attack.

Posted by: Reignking | February 12, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Incidentally, continuing a discussion from the earlier thread - I watched WaPo Live last night off my DVR, and I thought that Goff's segment was fine. It wasn't any major new information that Insider Loyalists wouldn't already know, but it was nice to see it on TV and reaching a broader audience.

I still get the impression that Ivan Carter's enthusiasm for soccer and United (with which he still slips in a "the" sometimes) is contractually obligated. At the very least it seems less authentic than Russ Thaler's, who clearly loves the team and the sport. Then again, Ivan did cite his EPL fantasy team, so maybe he's coming around on things.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | February 12, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

People that use exclamation points after signing their names = d-bags. Thx.

Posted by: horace1 | February 11, 2010 9:35 PM

Gee horace1, learn a new word in the back of health class this week and had to rush to the interweb to test drive it?

Weak.

At least I made a point: MLS labor stoppage, no matter which side causes it, will sound the deathknell for top division soccer in America, and as a byproduct, the collapse of the USSF.

Thx,

Jay!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jayrockers | February 12, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

First!

Posted by: Reignking | February 12, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Wait I thought DC is the only place with absentee cops and authorities?

It's funny flashing back on all the crack, violence, crooked politics smack talk dished out by some of those Flounders fans all the while the only news coming out of Washington state has to do with mobile meth lab explosions, serial and mass murderers on a rampage, or another ball dropping incident involving the real cops being too busy handing out jay walking tickets at Westlake while people are getting beat down in the bus/train tunnel.

Guess we all have our problems eh?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 12, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Notts County experiment is over. I don't know what SGE was thinking.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/feb/11/sven-goran-erikkson-notts-county

Posted by: Reignking | February 12, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

The players want guaranteed contracts, which they won't get, and some measure of free agency within MLS, subject to cap space, of course, when their contract expires, which they should be given if MLS is not as bull-headed as it is on other matters.

The present waiver system, by which a team "waives" a player it doesn't want anymore, wouldn't pass the "Rule of Reason" test as under anti-trust law. When an MLS team "waives" a player, that player is still tied to the team that has waived him in that any new team that would desire that player's services must work out a trade or deal of some kind in order to get him. Similarly, when a player's contract has expired, and he is "out of contract," he may be free to sign with a team in another league, but his movement within MLS is still restricted by the same rules that apply to a waived player.

The theory that supports this policy is derived directly from the single-entity structure that is MLS's. It has been legally blessed at the trial court level by the ruling in the first players' lawsuit against MLS several years ago. Whether or not it could pass the test of reasonableness as under federal law is a fair question.

It would not be a unwise for MLS to consider relaxing these provisions in some reasonable way as a means of bargaining with the union for a labor agreement. Perhaps, the waiver rule could be that any waived player is totally free to be assigned to any MLS team that wants him and can comply with the salary cap without any compensation needed for the waiving team.

For players out of contract, their movement within MLS could be subject to a minimum number of years in the league, or only after a player has worked through 2 contracts, something like that, as well as compliance with the salary cap.

The players would be grateful for the opportunity not only to have some amount of economic leverage but would mostly want to go to a team where they could see the field more. The league could get a deal if they relaxed the player movement rules within MLS.


Posted by: lgm6986 | February 12, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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