The Fact MLS Is Ahead Of MLB Is Another Problem

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We are about two weeks from Father’s Day and we still have no resolution whether Major League Baseball and the Owners can come to an agreement and get this season underway.  Baseball fans across the country are growing increasingly frustrated with both the players and the owners, and as each day passes it truly feels like we will have a summer without America’s Favorite Pastime. 

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred         Photo courtesy of amnewyork.com


The NBA and the NHL have plans in place to get their sports underway and the MLS has returned to full team training after their league-wide moratorium has been lifted.  How incredibly frustrating is it that MLS is on the field training and getting ready to resume their season while MLB is still arguing over millions of dollars?

The New England Revolution are back in full training in Foxboro since getting the go-ahead to return.  This is important because the state of Massachusetts was one of the last states to get businesses back under its new phasing plan from Governor Charlie Baker.  The fact that the Revs are the first team back in full practice in Massachusetts is important as well because it will serve as a good barometer for the Bruins and Celtics if they are going to bring players in as their respective leagues allow. 

The MLS, NBA and NHL will be using a hub city to play their games and wrap up their seasons.  The Revs and 25 other MLS teams will head to Orlando to play a tournament very similar to the World Cup to determine the 2020 champion.  The MLS will begin to head down to the sunshine state after Father’s Day and teams will begin training for another month before the tournament will begin. 

First off, I am not taking anything away from the MLS.  The league has grown and soccer continues to grow across the United States.  The fact that a sport that is never considered one of the top-four major professional sports leagues in the country was able to get their game back on the field and the MLB players are still playing PS4 which is incredibly frustrating.  To me it has always felt like MLB was going to head to future shutdown and now it feels like they're using COVID-19 as the reason they can’t agree when in all actuality its about cold hard cash. 

The Revs are easing back into their sports complex while the league is putting in routines for health and safety for its players and coaches.  The commissioner of the MLS, Dan Garber, told reporters on a video conference, “Since the beginning of the suspension of our season, we’ve been focused on trying to develop a return to play for our teams.”  They now have that with the tournament that will be played in Orlando next month. 
In order for the league to get to this point, Garber took a 25% pay reduction as well as reduced the salaries of league and club staff members.  By doing this he saved the MLS hundreds of millions of dollars.  The coronavirus pandemic was going to cost the league at least a $1-billion revenue loss.

The players also made concessions; they took a 7.5% salary cut, of which 5% will be annualized.  Wow, look at that, the commissioner and players made concessions to get something done in order to get their sport back on the field.  Even NFL commissioner Roger Goodell went to the compensation committee and volunteered to reduce his salary to $0.  People are making concessions for their sports, while MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is unfit to lead his league, and if they do not play he should be fired. 

The MLB Collective bargaining agreement will end on December 1, 2021.  As owners and players squabble about the financials, the baseball world could be heading to another shutdown.  The MLS and its players’ union agreed to a six-year labor contract through 2025.  While baseball is unable to get out of its own way, leagues like the NBA, NHL and now the MLS will use the summer spotlight to promote their sports to a country who is desperate for professional sports. 

If you are from New England and you aren’t familiar with names like Carles Gil, Gustavo Bou, Adam Buska, Henry Kessler and Alexander Büttner you should start to get familiar with them because the names of Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Nathan Eovaldi and Andrew Benintendi probably won’t be coming across our tv screens this season.





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