USL Championship governors vote to resume 2020 season

The USL Championship has set a provisional restart date of July 11 after its Board of Governors voted on Thursday in favor of returning to play for the 2020 season.

With 35 clubs of different backgrounds -- 22 independent and 13 operated by or affiliated to MLS clubs -- and different levels of support -- 10 independent teams averaged more than 10,000 fans a game in 2019 but six others averaged less than 4,000 a game -- it was not a certainty that a majority of the clubs would vote to resume the season halted after Week 1.

No details were made available on the competition format, scheduling and broadcast plans. The USL signed an expanded rights deal with ESPN last year, covering three seasons, beginning with the 10th season of the current USL Championship in 2020.

During the shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, the USL has been meeting with the USL Players Association on formulating player health and wellness protocols. The USL voluntarily recognized the USLPA in November 2018 but an agreement on a collective bargaining agreement remains elusive.

The USLPA's position is that the standard player contracts players signed for 2020 are enforceable throughout their entire term whether or not play resumes, but no agreement on any adjustments has been reached.

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