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Major League Soccer Players Get Pay Bump, Media Sharing in Pact

Feb. 6, 2020, 4:00 PM

Major League Soccer, the U.S. professional league that’s rapidly gaining clout in the sports world, will give its players higher salaries and a share of its next media-rights deal in a new collective bargaining agreement.

Each MLS club’s player-spending budget will rise to $11.6 million by 2024 from $8.5 million in 2019, the league said on Thursday. The pact also calls for a higher minimum annual salary for senior roster players and increased retirement benefits.

The Seattle Sounders play Toronto FC during the MLS Cup Final on Nov. 10.
Photographer: Christopher Mast/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Players will get a share of the revenue from the league’s media-rights deals for 2023 and 2024, after the existing partnerships expire at ...