MLSPA revealed over the weekend that if an MLS club wins Superliga, its players will receive only $150,000 of the made-for-TV competition's million-dollar prize, which amounts to $5,300 per player, while Mexican players would split the entire prize if their club wins. Garber told the MLSPA yesterday that its pants were on fire:
"According to the president of Pachuca, their players did not get $1 million dollars; they got $300,000. There's bad information to begin with. So it would be in everybody's best interest if the facts were promoted instead of rumors."
Garber then added that MLS bonuses for non-league competitions are purely voluntary -- how gracious of them -- and that the league agreed to those terms with the union. He also admitted that MLS blocked D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo from offering their players a 50% cut of the Superliga prize. When Houston players filed a grievance, Garber showed them the collective bargaining agreement and told them to take it up with the union that negotiated it.
A response like that is sure to bite Garber in the butt later. The current CBA expires after the 2009 season. We might see some real fireworks over the next one.