Thursday, February 25, 2010


So, the word on the street is that the players are going on strike in the next few minutes.

If this is indeed the case, it is my belief that the players will regret this. They will not win. They must concede more than they are willing to, regardless of the fact that many fans happen to agree with them on nearly every point of contention. But MLS is not the NBA nor MLB. It is single-entity for a reason: to give the owners all of the power.

Memo to the players: you cannot force the league's hand. Compromise. Take my advice: Hire a mediator. You cannot win this war. In fact, you will lose badly and be utterly humiliated if you strike now.

Whatever the league is offering, take it. Going on strike will cause serious repercussions for not only the union, but also the sport as a whole here in the States. Not enough people care if this league thrives.

If you must strike, then do so with the mind that this is soccer in the United States, not football, baseball, or basketball in the United States. The American public has seen more leagues fail than prosper. And if you strike, be mindful of the fact that your efforts, however justified, will be long forgotten should MLS topple as a result.


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