The contours of the collective bargaining agreement MLS reached with the MLS Players Union have been known for a while, such things as the salary cap and minimum salaries over the life of the
agreement (2015-19). But the MLSPU's publication of the ratified agreement provides lots more detail. MLS CBA: Feb. 2015-Jan. 2020
The most notable bits of information are allocation
money distributed to teams each year and team bonuses paid out. ALLOCATION MONEY.
General allocation money -- which has been around
MLS for years but never disclosed -- is money teams use to buy down salary budget charges to get them under the Designated Player threshold or collectively under their salary cap.
Expansion teams receive $1,100,000, while teams missing the playoffs receive $250,000 and those taking part in the Concacaf Champions League receive $200,000.
The maximum allowable amount
of a transfer fee a team receives that it can use as allocation money is $650,000. BONUSES.
MLS awards teams bonuses, ranging from
$275,000 for winning MLS to $20,000 for making the playoffs. It also awards win bonuses for each game: $7,500.
All the amounts stay the same through the term of the agreement except the
bonus for winning the Supporters' Shield. It will increase from $55,000 in 2015-16 to $130,000 in 2017-19. (A Supporters' Shield champion that wins 20 games will take home more money than the MLS Cup