Post #1
Wednesday May 15, 2013 5:07pm

Joined Jul 2012
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MLS CBA will be upon us shortly. Here are the talking points that I think should be stressed:

1. The minmum salary for players should be upped to $50,000 a year.

2. The salary cap should be moved up to $4 or $5 million.

3. Players rights needs to be restructured. MLS clubs lose a players rights after that said player is not with that specific MLS club for 2 years.

4. The MLS DP rule needs to be restructured: Add 3 more DP slots, but those slots have to be used strictly for American players or Canadian players with Canadian MLS clubs. 3 foreign and 3 domestic DP slots. This rewards talented American and Canadian players that either wish to stay with MLS during their careers or returning American/Canadian players that deserve DP status in MLS. This will also help MLS retain some talented American and Canadians by paying those players what a foreign club would pay.

5. Allocation process needs to be restructured: Returning USMNT players/National team Canadians from abroad to MLS should be allocated differently. Those players should be able to pick up to 5 different clubs they would like to play for, and then those 5 clubs that were selected do a lottery in order to land said player.

This next CBA will be a very important one. Putting the next CBA in place will have ramifications for the next 4 to 5 years, and future CBA talks.

Post #2
Wednesday May 15, 2013 5:33pm

Joined Sep 2012
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I would also like the rule of any expansion team entering into MLS can pick their own jersey sponsor.

Adidas owns MLS rights until 2018 and the Adidas jersey sponsorship should only include the original teams of when the contract was signed.

Post #3
Wednesday May 15, 2013 6:42pm

Joined Aug 2012
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3 more DP's plus a salary cap raise to 5 mil seems a bit much, wouldn't you say? I say add 1 more DP (used primarily for an American or Canadian player) and then raise the cap to 3.5-4 mil.

Currently the cap is just south of 3 mil, (2.8 mil) which goes up by 5% every year until 2015. Now I believe they can renegotiate in 2014, but adding 2mil across 19 teams is somewhere in the ball park of $38 million of additional revenue the league will have to find somewhere. Add on top of that the added DP salaries of 3 players per team the league would have to pay, I just don't see it happening yet.

Now maybe not every team takes full advantage of that, because I could see richer teams like LA and seattle doing well with that, but then you really risk taking away the parity in the league. Bottom line is that the MLS would need to find some more significant revenue streams for them to up the salary cap by $2mil and adding three more DP's. TV MONEY WOULD BE NICE, but considering some of the number ratings a significant hike in TV money isn't quite upon us yet!

Post #4
Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:53pm

Joined Jul 2012
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A lot of the MLS owners have stated their desire to significantly up the salary cap. I am not saying it will be moved up to 4 million or 5 million, but in CBA talks you don't try to just negotiate bare minimums on anything.

As always these are talking points, not all will be renegotiated to eveyone's liking.

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