MLS, Players Union Agree To Mediation

On Friday afternoon, Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union announced that they will meet next week in Washington D.C. to resume labor negociations.

And they’ve accepted an offer of mediation from George H. Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

What’s this mean?

Since I didn’t read the words “binding arbitration” anywhere, it basically means that someone else will get to hear the league wax poetic about keeping its costs in line while the union speaks wistfully about things like freedom and fairness.

Or Mr. Cohen could read the sides sniping away at each other in the newspaper.

MLS president Don Garber is confident that the season will go ahead as scheduled, and accepting mediation is at least a token step in the right direction.

One thing worries me, though.

The union will NEVER have more leverage in these discussions than they have right now.

The World Cup, and the casual interest it may bring to the league, is the pink elephant in whatever room these meetings will be held in.

That new $200 million stadium in New York is another bonus for the players, since no owner in MLS wants a sparkling new stadium in the nation’s largest media market standing empty. 

Of course the owners are willing to play this season under the terms of the old collective bargaining agreement and sure they’ll promise not to lock out the players.

The ball, to steal a metaphor from tennis, is in the players’ court.

Will they lob it back, adopt a live-and-let-live approach and start kicking balls in anger as scheduled later this month – new CBA or not?

Or will they go for the wicked forehand winner, take the hard line and try to hit the owners in the wallet in a World Cup season?

It’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks.

25+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, Liga MX, MLS & World Cup
  • Includes ESPN, FOX, Univision, TUDN and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
  • Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
  • Watch Argentine league, Brasileirāo and Copa Libertadores
  • Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, Copa del Rey & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo.
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & more
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Get All 3 And Save 30%
  • $13.99/mo. for ESPN+, Disney+ & Hulu
  • Includes Bundesliga, LaLiga, NHL & the home to UFC
  • Features Marvel, Star Wars + shows & movies for your entire family

19 Comments

  1. Michael March 5, 2010
    • David March 5, 2010
  2. Mark March 6, 2010
  3. Cohen March 6, 2010
  4. Mark March 6, 2010
    • Gazza March 6, 2010
      • Charles March 6, 2010
        • CoconutMonkey March 7, 2010
  5. Roger March 7, 2010
    • Roger March 7, 2010
  6. CTBlues March 7, 2010
    • Roger March 7, 2010
      • CoconutMonkey March 7, 2010
        • CTBlues March 7, 2010
          • CoconutMonkey March 8, 2010
  7. Roger March 7, 2010
  8. Mark March 7, 2010
    • CoconutMonkey March 8, 2010
  9. Mark March 8, 2010

Leave a Reply

Translate »