The league wants pay reductions of 8.5 percent, according to ESPN, and an escape clause in the CBA if at least five teams suffer an attendance decrease of 25 percent from the previous year. MLSPA agreed to a clause, called force majeure, that didn’t include that stipulation, according to ESPN and The Athletic.
On Thursday, in a step toward continuing the season, the league approved the start of the voluntary small-group training sessions under guidelines. The first such session was scheduled for Monday. As many as six players can participate in each session.
The small groups must maintain social distance and follow prescribed protocols established by the league. The protocols are similar to those put forth when individual training sessions began on May 6. Many Atlanta United players have been training individually at the team’s facility.