SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Major League Soccer will continue in 2021 despite weeks of uncertainty about ongoing negotiations between the league and the Players Association on the collective agreement.
Last week the two parties reached an agreement on the CBA. However, the Players Association urged the broader gaming group to vote on the new CBA agreement.
Today the Players Association announced that “MLS players have ratified changes to the collective agreement” and are “ready to play”.
In the 2020 season, the league lost around $ 1 billion in revenue due to the global coronavirus pandemic that forced the world to close its doors and stay home. The 2021 season will hopefully let a handful of spectators into the stadiums if and when it is safe to do so. However, the future of MLS in 2021 seems much better than it was around that time last year.
Negotiations between the two parties began on December 29, when the league introduced a force majeure clause after the 2020 season that caused the league financial damage as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Negotiations around the CBA’s schedule were a direct result of the league’s financial position after the 2020 season ended.
The preseason starts on February 22nd and the season starts on April 3rd.