The MLS CBA expired last Thursday. The Players, as of now at least, are continuing with normal preseason activities as if the season will start when it's supposed to.
I wrote a piece for PremiershipTalk.com about this over the weekend, which you can see here. The gist of the article is that there's a lot of uncertainty about what happens now; the league hasn't operated without a CBA since 2004, and there were some key issues that would have been settled in the new CBA.
I have a feeling something big will happen soon; they can't operate without a CBA forever...that's terrible for the Players because it means they don't have the rights that a CBA would have given them. Ives Galarcep cautioned that a strike is still possible. Until then, the League has won the power battle over the Players.
Overall, this is a bad situation MLS finds itself in. Even if the League holds the growth of the sport as its top priority, it generally likes to go about it much more conservatively than I would like it to. I don't like the centralized structure. I want free agency, along with a CBA-dictated salary cap.
I also want to use my Revolution season tickets in 2010. A strike would pose a threat to this. In fact, during the duration of the strike I definitely could not attend Revolution games. But I could still go to the Gillette parking lot at 4pm on would-be game days and drink beer and grill burgers. So my reaction to a strike, if it happens, will be a balancing act between these things, and maybe others.
Hopefully something good happens soon. In the meantime, take a look at the link in Taylor Twellman's awesome tweet, "Me and My Bitches in latest issue of Boston Magazine". I didn't know he was that kind of guy.