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    Unhappy Players vote to strike

    MLS players have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike if a collective bargaining agreement with the league is not reached in time for the season openers in two weeks, the Insider has learned.

    In a written vote, more than 350 players supported a strike and only two opposed it, a source close to the situation said.
    Heard this on the news on the way home.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soc...to_strike.html

    This can't be good. I think the players striking has a bit more weight than a lockout. If the players strike and the league folds, some/half/most of them will find work in small leagues else where. Bad news over all for NA soccer though.

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    And the line in the sand has been drawn...

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    Cmon league, give the players the CBA. This could destroy the league if you don't

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whoopee View Post
    And the line in the sand has been drawn...

    Ricky... you cross that line and you're going to jail.

    Good! I wanna go back to fuckin' jail, at least it's warm and there's good dope!

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    fuck, well I guess this was bound to happen based on the news we had been hearing but it still sucks

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    I'm going to assume there will be a strike, then if the season starts on time it'll be a happy surprise.

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    I hope that they come to an agreement . it don't look good though. Yes this could ruin the league.

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    Well, it's still all posturing at this point, but if the season doesn't start and stays shut for any meaningful amount of time, bye bye MLS.

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    FUCK...

    This CBA BS is a major buzzkill on a lot of things.

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    all unions do this before a strike date... I've been involved in many of these... they do a "show of force" vote that's supposed to show management that the workers are united. It gives the bargaining team more power at the table. it also authorizes the union leadership to say on the 25th, "ok, we're striking.. bye" without having to go back to the players and ask them for permission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 111_DrummerBoy View Post
    Heard this on the news on the way home.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soc...to_strike.html

    This can't be good. I think the players striking has a bit more weight than a lockout. If the players strike and the league folds, some/half/most of them will find work in small leagues else where. Bad news over all for NA soccer though.
    Well then, Toronto FC can join new north american soccer league (NASL)

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    I think that this is a reality now, I hope that it doesn't last long.
    At least we have Champions League and World cup to keep us entertained.

    shit

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    I'm glad that they waited until I sent an EMT for the boston tickets before confirming... looks like I might be out $150...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Gunner View Post
    I'm glad that they waited until I sent an EMT for the boston tickets before confirming... looks like I might be out $150...
    if tickets haven't been purchased yet then we should get it back.

    rr

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    Voting in favour of a strike is just part of the process.

    Don't worry. Absolute worst case scenario is opening night and the weekend of the 27th don't happen, come the week of the 29th everyone shits their pants and there's a resolution by Easter weekend.

    I really don't believe it will come to that. I'll bet you there's an 11th hour deal on Wednesday night the 24th. Look at the kick in the nuts baseball took in '94, and thats the American past time. The owners, MLS and the players all know a prolonged strike sinks the league, and thats not going to happen.

    Everyone have a beer, relax, let them stare each other down, because I promise you someone will blink before the end of the month at the very latest.

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    I'm going to Boston even if there's a strike.

    http://www.nba.com/celtics/promotion...-schedule.html

    ^ and maybe I'll go check out a Celtics game and their post game party.

    hahahahahha... sigh.
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    which 2 members voted against the strike? Now that would be fun to see who.

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    Why can't FIFA step in and fix this bs that is the MLS, every other player in the world has freedom, why in gods name would you ever sign to play in North America with the contracts are handled, if you are a mid range player playing in the NASL is a much better deal, at least your contarct is with the team and not the league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AL-MO View Post
    FUCK...

    This CBA BS is a major buzzkill on a lot of things.
    You said it.

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    A strike of any significant length = bye, bye MLS

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    You think 20,000 people will show up for a season long supporters cup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuvinho View Post
    which 2 members voted against the strike? Now that would be fun to see who.
    Beckham? Landycakes?

    Inquiring minds want to know!

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    Meh, United play until May. The World Cup is June to July and then United is back in July and are likely coming to NA which means a road trip!. I'm not losing sleep over it. If the players and the league want to fuck themselves over then go right ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voodooman View Post
    Cmon league, give the players the CBA. This could destroy the league if you don't
    The League will be done...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Beckham? Landycakes?

    Inquiring minds want to know!
    They were probably both paying the other players to vote yes so they could extend their respective loan spells.

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    ok so when I come back from SC. I'll could be getting my money back and sending it to the tiger cats.

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    I'm going home from work in about 25 mins and I'm going to go run over the first group of old people I find. THIS SUCKS!!!!! I guess I'll just get my fill of Canada by looking out my window at work and coming up for Blue Jays games.
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    I still can't imagine that the League would be stupid enough to kill the league over this issue.

    Quite frankly, the next time I hear them talk about the "dangers of getting rid of the salary cap" I'm going to go through the roof - especially since they're playing a game right now that could tank the entire league over issues that quite frankly is a disgrace to this league. Apparently the MLS execs are not too concerned about the health and survival of the MLS.

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    Crash and burn MLS, crash and burn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super View Post
    I still can't imagine that the League would be stupid enough to kill the league over this issue.

    Quite frankly, the next time I hear them talk about the "dangers of getting rid of the salary cap" I'm going to go through the roof - especially since they're playing a game right now that could tank the entire league over issues that quite frankly is a disgrace to this league. Apparently the MLS execs are not too concerned about the health and survival of the MLS.

    It's good to get this done now. It seems that there were some people who invested in the league because it had fixed costs and they would never be involved in bidding wars. But new members have joined the league who see more potential, but know they have to spend more to make more.

    Some investors are 'glass half-empty' types and some are 'glass half-full' types.

    It might be better in the long run for MLS to fold and for the glass half-full types to start a new league with proper rules. Maybe the MLS structure the way it was, was necessary to prime the investment pump into soccer, so to speak, but it's time to move past that.

    Which teams would he league lose?

 

 

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