Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stupid Questions Part 7: On Free Agency

Not going to add to the pile, except to (very earnestly) ask this: when people talk about players wanting "free agency" in the new CBA, do they mean the straight Wikipedia version: "a player whose contract with a team has expired and who is thus eligible to sign with another club or franchise"?  Or "something else", whatever that might be?  And does anyone have an idea if MLS offered them something similar, but not quite "free agency"? 


Peter C said...

I'll try my best. You can call it stupid answer #7 if you like.

No, the Wikipedia version is not on the table, as any team would include an MLS team.
The league will not permit 'direct' negotiation with an MLS team as that strikes at the heart of single entity. It could be argued that if a player could talk directly with MLS clubs, then the league is not single entity and the league will not get close to permitting that.

In my reading, it has been intimated that some bastardized version of free agency, one that I'm sure has passed muster with the league's legal beagles, has been offered. But I've seen no specifics as to what that might be.

That's as far as I'm willing to take it without speculating on any number of schemes I've seen thrown out into the soccersphere.

Elliott said...


I would call it a "compromised" version. And let's not forget the CBA will only be for four to five years, so it's not like this is the end of the world. The players can get a wedge or two and then crack open the system at the next go-around.

My problem is the veteran players sound a bit testy (jealous) about DP player slots, but those DP slots are, in my opinion, the gateway to breeding competition among owners and eventually loosening purse strings.

Still, a good compromise would be to "free" players that are cut by a team. These would be distinct from players that hop abroad for a Scandinavian paycheck.