This article will propose that Major League Soccer adopt a salary arbitration system similar to that used in both Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. MLS should emulate those strategies of other professional leagues that have resulted in growth. The salary arbitration model is one such advantageous strategy. Part II of this article will provide a summary of the current salary structures and mechanisms of MLS. Part II will also discuss the problems and the origins of the problems associated with MLS's current salary structures and mechanisms. Part III will summarize how salary arbitration is utilized in MLB. Part III will additionally examine and recommend which beneficial mechanisms of the MLB salary arbitration model should be implemented in MLS. Part IV will summarize how salary arbitration is utilized in the NHL. Part IV will also examine and recommend which beneficial mechanisms of the NHL salary arbitration model should be implemented in MLS. Part V will anticipate and explain some of the limitations and criticisms inherent to a potential MLS salary arbitration model. Finally, part VI will conclude that the potential benefits of implementing the proposed MLS salary arbitration model outweigh any potential limitations.
The Advantages of Incorporating Mechanisms from the Salary Arbitration Models of MLB and the NHL in a Salary Arbitration System in MLS,
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