With less than 36 hours until the current collective bargaining agreement was set to expire, Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Association have announced that it has been extended to next Friday, Feb. 7.
In a press release, the MLSPA noted that the two sides “have engaged in productive discussions and will continue to negotiate a new CBA.”
ESPN soccer reporter Jeff Carlisle tweeted that sources close to the discussions have told him that, “Things are getting solved, but there is more work to be done.”
The current CBA, ratified in 2015, was set to expire at midnight Saturday.
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
We obviously aren’t near the meetings in Washington, D.C., and we have no inside info outside what we’re receiving from the MLSPA — which, to be honest, isn’t much. But that’s the way these types of negotiations go.
The fact they are extending the CBA to next Friday is giving me hope that they are closer to achieving a deal as well as labor peace in American soccer for the next five years. No one wants a work stoppage, especially with the start of the season now less than a month away.
There is, of course, a lot of money at stake here. How much will the players get when it comes to the new national television contract ahead of 2023, when there are still two years left on the next CBA? Salaries have steadily gone up since 2015; just how much will they rise between now and 2025?
It should be noted that the current CBA is now set to expire three days before the first Revolution preseason game in Carson, Calif.