MIAMI, Fla. (February 6, 2020) —
With twenty-four days to go before Inter Miami’s first-ever regular season match, fans now have one less thing to worry about.
Today, MLS and the MLSPA, the union that represents the players, announced that they have agreed in principle to a new collective bargaining agreement. The CBA, as it is commonly known, sets forth the agreement between the league and the players, and controls key issues such as free agency, minimum salaries, player benefits and more.
The new agreement will be for a five-year term, running from Feb. 1, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2024.
Inter Miami players, along with those on the other 26 MLS clubs, will greatly benefit from this new deal. In a process that in past negotiations ran right up to the season openers, the two sides never seemed to hit any major roadblocks in agreeing to, among other things, expanded free agency. A number of items the players union had sought have also been moved in a direction that benefits players. Both sides in this labour negotiation are calling the new deal a victory.
The key issues that have been agreed to can be found here: