Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
How to resolve MLS labor strife
Pitch Invasion, March 18th, 2010 5:01AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Peter Wilt, the former Chicago Fire president and general manager, proposes solutions to the MLS labor strife and outlines the details of the dispute that threatens to lead to a players strike. Wilt says there are reportedly three main issues that the players are seeking concessions on: free agency, guaranteed contracts and receiving 10 percent of international transfer fees.

Free agency would lead to increased compensation for current “middle to upper class” MLS players who really don’t have good European options.  With free agency, instead of spending money on retaining or attracting the best talent, the league would be spending money retaining players who really don’t have better options. But free agency also has the potential to squeeze out the league's middle class players because bidding would result in higher salaries for the best players, leaving less money for the rest. Wilt's proposal calls for free agency after seven years in MLS.

Regarding guaranteed contracts, currently, standard contracts are one year, plus three one-year league options with no minimum number of guaranteed contracts per team.  Wilt proposes the same for length of contracts and options, but the creation of a minimum of four guaranteed contracts per team, growing to six over the course of the collective bargaining agreement.

On international transfers, MLS and the MLS team retain 100% of the international transfer fee with the league keeping 2/3 and the teams keeping 1/3.  In the rest of the world the player or his representative receives 10%. Wilt suggest that although this is an important issue to the agents and a few of the high-end players, the players acquiesce on this issue in exchange for cracking the door on free agency.

On other issues, Wilt proposes an increase in annual salary raises from the current 5% for most players to 7% increases for the 2nd and 3rd year, and 10% for fourth. He does not advocate team autonomy to negotiate contracts, but suggests a steady increase in roster sizes over the years that would eventually reach 32. He also suggests an increase in minimum salaries for senior roster members and for developmental players.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Pellegrini: David Silva Out Three-Four Weeks    
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini on Thursday confirmed that playmaker David Silva will miss three-to-four weeks ...
Reus Distances Himself from Bayern Ahead of Der Klassiker    
Germany and Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus on Thursday issued a statement distancing himself from a ...
Neymar to Play in 2016 Olympics     
Neymar will be joining the Brazil squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, coach ...
Gerrard Hints at Possible Liverpool Exit     
It's almost unthinkable for Liverpool fans: Could Steven Gerrard really leave the only club he has ...
Report: FA Racking Up Social Media Fines    
Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand on Wednesday became the latest Premier League player to be ...
Real's Navas Seeks Legal Action for Costa Rican Spying    
The Associated Press is reporting Thursday that Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas will take legal action ...
Mandzukic: Guardiola 'Didn't Treat Me with Respect'    
In an interview with Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, Mario Mandzukic says he is enjoying playing for ...
Roma's Destro to Consider Future     
Mattia Destro on Wednesday cast doubt around his future after scoring the opening goal in AS ...
Allegri: 'Lack of Maturity' Costs Juve     
Despite hitting the woodwork several times and having much the better play throughout, Juventus lost 1-0 ...
Report: Former President Hoeness Warns Bayern     
German daily Bild reports that former Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness, who is currently in prison ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives