Category Archives: Lockout

News: MLS and Referees Reach Agreement

The MLS referees union, Professional Soccer Referees Association, has reached a five-year collective bargaining agreement with MLS. The agreement ends the two week old lockout of regular referees by the MLS refereeing body, Professional Soccer Organization (PRO). Terms have not been disclosed. The union voted to ratify the agreement, which was reached with the help of Federal mediators, on Wednesday

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MLS Referees Near Return?

Could we be seeing World Cup referee Mark Geiger (above) in action for MLS soon? According to an ESPN report, it’s a very strong possibility. The referees’ union, Professional Soccer Referee Association (PSRA) and MLS’ Professional Refereeing Organization (PRO), have been tied up in a labor dispute that has seen the regular refs locked out for the first two weeks

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Update: MLS Replacement Referee List from PSRA

Last week I mentioned that the MLS referee union, Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA), had recently published a ‘burn book‘¬†of all the replacement referees, with photographs and vaguely disparaging ‘bios.’ I’m happy to note they’ve removed this from their site. Now, PSRA is currently in Federal mediation with PRO, the MLS refereeing body. It’s more than likely that they were

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MLS Referees: March 15 and 16

We’re in our second week of the MLS referee lockout, and if there’s been any movement, it’s been very quiet. So, we’re looking at the second week of replacement referees. There were a few complaints last week but no major gaffes. We’ll see how it goes this week. As for the matches, Seattle and Toronto should be interesting, considering all

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PSRA Calls out MLS Replacement Refs

I’m not sure how I feel about this. To this point, I’ve been thoroughly on the side of the MLS refs, who unionized last year and formed Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA). They’ve been at loggerheads with MLS’s refereeing arm, Professional Referees Organization (PRO), for months finally culminating in PRO locking the referees out two days before the season opener

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