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Report: MLS approaches players about substantial pay cut

Meanwhile, MLS announces no games until at least June 8

Chicago Fire FC v New England Revolution Photo by Timothy Bouwer/ISI Photos/Getty Images

On the same day that MLS officially announced the 2020 season won’t restart until at least June 8, the league said it has approached players about taking a pay cut.

A report by ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle and Noah Davis indicates players may be asked to take as much as a 50 percent pay cut, depending on how long play is suspended. However, players making less than $100,000 per year wouldn’t see their salaries cut, and players making over that amount wouldn’t see their annual salaries fall below $100,000, under the proposal.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber said this week that widespread COVID-19 testing is necessary before games can begin again, and even then, they’ll likely be played behind closed doors.

Here’s the entire statement from MLS: