MLS, Players Approve Return-to-Play Plan, Ratify New CBA Through 2025 Season

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2020

MONTREAL, QC - FEBRUARY 29:  The official MLS ball ahead of the game between the Montreal Impact and New England Revolution at Olympic Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Impact defeated New England Revolution 2-1.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The MLS Players Association announced Wednesday it has ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that will run through the 2025 season. 

"Today's vote also finalizes a plan to resume the 2020 season and provides players with certainty for the months ahead," the union said. "It allows our members to move forward and continue to compete in the game they love."

ESPN's Herculez Gomez reported MLS had set a deadline of 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday for the MLSPA to finalize an agreement, or a lockout would begin.

According to ESPN's Jeff Carlisle, the MLSPA agreed to forfeit more than $100 million in the form of economic concessions. Players will receive pay cuts of 7.5 percent. In addition, bonus money is capped at $5 million.

Taylor Twellman of ESPN reported Tuesday that MLS and the players' union had "a major breakthrough" in negotiations. Carlisle reported team owners relented on the terms of a force majeure clause in the CBA that would've been contingent on match attendances.

If triggered, a force majeure would allow either side to nullify the CBA. MLS had initially wanted to make it an option "if five teams suffer an attendance drop of 25 percent or more from the previous year," per Carlisle.

The specifics regarding MLS' return remain unclear.

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

The Washington Post's Steven Goff reported May 11 that all 26 teams would move to Orlando and stage a tournament in which teams would play at least five games. Per The Athletic's Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio, teams would return to their home cities upon the conclusion of the event, and the regular season would resume.


Bleacher Report's David Gardner interviews athletes and other sports figures for the podcast How to Survive Without Sports.

 

Related

    Liverpool Officially Begin Thiago Talks

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Liverpool Officially Begin Thiago Talks

    Getfootballnewsgermany
    via Getfootballnewsgermany

    Every Top Team’s Best Transfer 💰

    Van Dijk or Salah? Kroos or Modric? B/R names the best deals of the past decade

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Every Top Team’s Best Transfer 💰

    Sam Tighe
    via Bleacher Report

    Football’s 10 Best Paid Players

    Messi > Ronaldo at the top of the list

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Football’s 10 Best Paid Players

    Sam Mcevoy
    via Mail Online

    B/R’s New ‘Take Action’ Collection

    From court to concrete. We win together. Support The Social Change Fund with our new collection 🛒

    World Football logo
    World Football

    B/R’s New ‘Take Action’ Collection

    B/R EMBRACE
    via B/R EMBRACE