This breaks my heart but doesn't surprise me. In his latest blog post, Kasey Keller is predicting a "lockout."
Yes, that does mean what you think it means.
As players we have been told of a probable lockout date of Feb. 1st. What’s most disappointing to me is, this isn’t a negotiation for a bunch of players wanting 8 million a year instead of 7 million a year. The main points revolve around us being given the same rights under FIFA as the rest of the players around the world. As an MLS player you have to sign away your FIFA rights before you are allowed to sign your contract. We would like a moderate rise in the salary cap, but the major points for the players are: guaranteed contracts, free agency, and the right to negotiate with other MLS teams. These are some of the basic rights the players in all the other leagues around the world have that we have to sign away. With the huge strides MLS has made since the last CBA this seems very reasonable.
This would suck, for so many reasons.
I'll probably take a closer look at the issues later. For now, I just want to be depressed.
(As I said earlier, my thoughts on the CBA negotiations are here.)