Teams must now use charter flights in accordance with the new agreement. The new CBA now says clubs will be required to use charter flights for at least eight stages of travel during the 2020 regular season, and will grow to 16 legs for the 2024 season. On Thursday, Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Association agreed to a new five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Overall, this seems to be a win for the players, as they have greatly increased their benefits. Highlights include the distribution of media revenues between the media from 2023, additional charter flights (16 to 2024 with all playoff and international matches added above) and greater flexibility in spending. The biggest highlight of the new agreement is that more Major League Soccer players are now eligible for the free agency under a new collective bargaining agreement. The new five-year CBA will begin at the beginning of the 2020 season and continue until January 2025. Under the historic agreement, the rights of free agencies will increase dramatically, while the proportion of eligible players will more than double. Player salary and compensation will continue to grow, bringing the average salary of more than $500,000 and the higher minimum wage of more than $100,000 at the end of the agreement. In addition, owners will continue to invest in players on and off the field. For the first time in the league`s history, the CBA contains mandatory charter legs for team travel that develop gradually over the duration of the agreement. After a successful jersey launch last night at the New York Parade for the launch of the 25th anniversary of Major League Soccer (MLS), MLS and the MLS Players Union (MLSPA) announced that both parties have (in principle) secured a new five-year collective bargaining agreement that runs until January 31, 2025 and covers five full seasons from 2020 to 2024. But it is significant that the respective moods on each side were at opposite ends of the spectrum.
A source with knowledge of the situation characterized the agreement as “really creative,” as players kept the majority of their salaries in exchange for long-term sacrifices, such as the modified revenue distribution plan. If you`re AN MLS, it`s easy to be generous when you get back over $100 million. It is difficult to see how long these feelings will be. It could be argued that the agreement is a flaw for MLS given the tactics it has adopted and that players will seek a refund in the upcoming negotiations. But the wounds heal, the memories fade and the players continue. So we talked earlier in the off-season about the potential for some kind of work stoppage, since the collective agreement between the league and the players` association expires at the end of January. For more information on the current CBA agreement: 2020 MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement: “We have had constructive and positive discussions with MLSPA management and the players` bargaining committee during the negotiations of the past few months, and I would like to thank them for their cooperation in concluding an agreement that will serve as the basis for a new era of partnership with our players.” The much-vaunted bonuses for 2020 are limited to $5 million.