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February 2, 2022
Major League Soccer’s Money Problems
NEW YORKER    05/02/2014
Though Major League Soccer’s grip on player movement and salaries is frustrating to athletes, it is key to maintaining financial stability. There are limits to what the players can achieve, and what league management can afford to give without jeopardizing the future of M.L.S. “They can negotiate more freedom to change teams, a longer training period before the season starts, and better hotels,” said Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Smith College. “There are always things that you can negotiate over. But the notion that you’re going to be able to turn a hundred-thousand-dollar salary into a six-hundred-thousand-dollar salary isn’t one of them.”
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