The 2015 MLS season will be starting on time after all, but players won't be as happy as fans are with that news.
A new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Owners and Player's Union was finally agreed to last night, despite the fact that a fair number of the MLS players representing their clubs turned down the deal.
Reps from seven teams including Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake, New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact among others flat out rejected the offer on the table, with players furious that others so easily capitulated.
"Players are disappointed and upset with the union reps and Bob Foose," one player said according to SI, referring to the MLS Players Union executive director. "Not only did this deal destroy the future of the American player, it barely helps the current group of players."
The new agreement extends five years, creating free agency for players 28 and older with eight years of MLS experience. Salary increases will be based on how much each player makes. The new deal also increases the minimum annual salary to $60,000 and raises the salary cap.
The new season kicks off on Friday with the reigning champions LA Galaxy taking on the Chicago Fire at StubHub Center.
Over to the NBA now, where Russell Westbrook is on fire. The Thunder point guard recorded his fourth straight triple double last night. The last player to do that was Michael Jordan. Westbrook managed the feat just days after surgery, which forced him to play with a mask on.
Staying in the NBA, Ray Allen has revealed that he is not going to play this season. The 39-year old was expected to join a title contender after the All-Star break, but will now wait till the off-season to decided if he wants to make a return.
And finally to the NFL, where Peyton Manning has agreed to take a pay cut to stay with the Denver Broncos. Manning will earn 4 million dollars less in 2015, which should help the team in free agency this off-season
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