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:
MLS Statement on April 17, 2020 pic.twitter.com/8uS1STz0gX— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) April 17, 2020