Report: MLS, players nearing deal to avoid lockout
6/2/2020 2:40:42 PM EST
Negotiations over economic concessions between Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Association had a "major breakthrough" on Tuesday, ESPN's Taylor Twellman reported.
Players were facing a deadline of high noon on Tuesday to avoid being locked out by MLS owners. ESPN reported, however, that a formal deal is expected to be delivered to the players association later in the day.
Should an agreement be completed and ratified, the two sides will avoid a lockout that had been threatened by the league last Sunday. The MLS saw its season halted on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Per ESPN's Jeff Carlisle, the league backed down from having a force majeure clause tied to attendance and opted for a proposal from the players association.
ESPN cited sources as saying that the two sides are attempting to find middle ground on the issues of salary cuts and revenue sharing of broadcast rights.
All MLS 26 teams are scheduled to be in Orlando by June 24 for the tournament if these sticking points can be resolved.
Players with medical exemptions, or family medical exemptions such as a pregnant spouse, are able to opt out of the event per the terms of the initial return-to-play agreement.
--Field Level Media