MLS Talk Podcast: Jeffrey Standen, on Collective Bargaining


In the first of three podcasts Major League Soccer Talk will be devoting to collective bargaining and labor negotiations, I was joined by Jeffrey Standen.

Jeffrey is an instructor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where he teaches (amongst other things) Sports Law. He joined me on Tuesday to walk us through the important concepts in labor disputes: the importance of single-entity, how it distinguishes the MLS labor dispute from other sports labor disputes, as well as traditional breaking points for labor during these negotiations.

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15 Responses to MLS Talk Podcast: Jeffrey Standen, on Collective Bargaining

  1. albiceleste_10_maradroga says:

    ONG are law professors BORING. Please please please don’t have any more law lecturers on the MLSTalk podcast. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Richard Farley says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Albiceleste. Definitely will keep that in mind. If anybody else has thoughts – either way – please let me and The Gaffer know. We always want to hear what works.

      And what doesn’t.

  2. BayVol says:

    I enjoyed the podcast, and yes it was bland and dull coming from the professor. That being said, I think he made some good points and was informative. I believe the key would be to try and find an expert who has more personality which you can play off of in the interview. This would make it a much more enjoyable listening experience.

    Thank you for the effort in putting this series together.

    • Richard Farley says:

      Thanks for the feedback, BayVol. In the future, as the host, I can help the situation, too. This feedback helps.

  3. Charles says:

    Interesting when addressing American Needle v. NFL case, he only looked at it from the perspective of the NFL winning the case.
    That would be great from the two leagues perspective, but what if they lose ?
    Did he not address that because he thought the NFL would win…or because life would just go on the same if they lost….neither seem to be logical to me.

  4. Charles says:

    Oh yeah, thanks.

  5. CoconutMonkey says:

    I thought it was really interesting. Nice to hear some professional insight from a knowledgeable NEUTRAL party. And kudos to you, Richard. Those were some good questions. I would have loved to hear how Mr. Standen foresees this whole deal playing out, though.

    @everyone who was bored
    Read the description before you listen. It’s a discussion about labor disputes, collective bargaining, and the importance of single-entity for crying out loud. That’s like taking a Cost Accounting course and expecting to play Monopoly all day.

  6. Angel says:

    Is the podcast still available via iTunes? The last episode available is the 1/14/10 Haiti podcast.

  7. The Gaffer says:

    We’re working on getting that added to the iTunes feed. Sorry for the delay. It should be up there this afternoon or at the latest this evening.

    The Gaffer

  8. Rex says:

    Podcast was awesome. Finally someone to explain these things. I didnt think it was very boring at all, but very interesting.

  9. David Fishwick says:

    Got ’em…hope you don’t mind but I’ll post it here:

  10. The Gaffer says:

    Excellent work Richard. I finally got a chance to listen to the episode. Definitely highly recommended for MLS fans who want to get an expert opinion on the topic. And Richard, your questions were fantastic and really pushed the guest to answer those hard, complicated and important topics.

    The Gaffer

  11. Wade H. says:

    Just listened to the 10/26/2010 podcast & the talk about the lack of popularity of MLS in the U.S. I think something like the EPL Preview & EPL Review Show would be great for the MLS, especially a review show. I love the EPL Review Show and watch it on FSC every Sunday night. It keeps me up to date with my Chelsea and the rest of the league without having to watch 9 different games. One nice thing about the EPL Preview & Review Show is they give the viewer off the pitch info about players, tratition of the clubs, stats, etc. Another great thing about the EPL Review Show…..All it shows are goals!!! The biggest complaint the American sports fan says about soccer is the lack of goals.

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