I just spoke with a prominent MLS player agent on the ballroom floor regarding the labor negotiations. Here’s what he had to say:
- There have been two recent meetings between Garber and the union chiefs. One took place last Friday 1/8 and another took place yesterday (Wednesday) in Manhattan. He didn’t know anything about what took place in those meetings.
- There is a real concern amongst the players that the Union is not keeping the rank-and-file informed.
- Says that the “two big things” the players are pressing on are guaranteed contracts and free agency.
- He said, “the players are nervous, they know they might not get another paycheck in a few weeks.”
What does this mean? Well, it certainly didn’t make the union out to be a unified block of opposition to the owners. The agent was happy to talk, but says the union doesn’t let any info out. Does the union rank-and-file want to strike? That’s a major question that remains in play. Clearly some vets, like Keller and Twellman appear ready for it. But there are many more, many less-paid guys than them. Where they stand is a mystery.