Real Salt Lake prepares for first MLS lockout in league history

Justen Glad, Nedum Onuoha, Pablo Ruiz
Posted at 4:46 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 18:50:11-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Real Salt Lake fans may have face a long wait to see their team back on the pitch as fears of a lockout loom.

According to multiple reports, Major League Soccer is preparing teams and staff about a possible lockout if the collective bargaining agreement between MLS and the MLS Players Association isn't agreed upon when it expires on Jan. 29.

If a lockout does happen, ESPN reports that it would be the first lockout in league history.

The memo, which was sent out by MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott, stated that a work stoppage could occur if the CBA is terminated, The Athletic reported.

According to ESPN, both sides have been in negotiations since Dec. 29. The league stated that last year they lost nearly $1 billion in 2020, $725 million due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In February, the two sides reached an agreement in principle, but neither side formally ratified the deal, ESPN reported.

The league is scheduled to open six weeks of preseason training on Feb. 22, with a scheduled opening date of April 3.