MLS players take off: charter flights, sharing media rights

Major League Soccer players expect to take off in their new collective bargaining agreement.

After years of complaints from players about commercial flights that involved middle seats, connections and delays, the league and its players’ union greatly expanded the use of charter flights as part of a five-year labor contract announced Thursday.

“Our primary reason for going for charters was to just improve the game, to be able to get players home at the end of a night after a game so that you don’t lose a day, you can have a recovery day,” Minnesota winger Ethan Finlay said.

The agreement includes a provision in which players will share in increased media revenue in 2023 and 2024, after the expiration of
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