Rick Westhead: Sources have said the men’s national team is awaiting Canada Soccer’s response to the offer

Two sources familiar with the matter told TSN that the men’s national soccer team, which did not have a contract agreement just two months before the World Cup kicks off in Qatar, has been waiting for Canada’s soccer response to its offer for nearly a month.

Players’ representatives proposed on August 25 that the men’s and women’s teams equally share 80 percent of the share of the $10 million (US) prize money Canada will receive for this year’s World Cup qualifying men’s team, the sources said.

The show was presented during a Zoom meeting two weeks after Canada Soccer publicly acknowledged Canadian Men’s National Football Team Players Association (CMNSTPA) As negotiating agent for players invited by Canada Soccer to train or play for the men’s national team.

Representatives of the players for the Canadian Football Players Association, which represents players on the women’s national team, declined to comment.

During the August 25 meeting, lawyers for the men’s national team players also challenged the use of images and likenesses of players by some sponsors of Canadian soccer companies, a source told TSN, adding that the players’ lawyers had asked the federation for a list. One of the companies that have been given permission to use player photos in marketing.

“Conversations with our Canadian national teams are continuing and progressing well and we will continue to negotiate in good faith,” Canada Soccer wrote in a statement to TSN. The goal remains to find a collective solution based on values ​​of fairness and equal pay, and the best way to do this is to continue negotiating internally and through our legal counsel. We will continue to respect this process and work towards that goal.”

Sources also told TSN that during a subsequent virtual meeting on September 1, Canadian football attorney Sean Bowden told CMNSTPA lawyers that players on the men’s national team owed the federation $3.5 million in lost ticket proceeds for refusing to play on June 5. A match against Panama. The sources said it was unlikely Football Canada would make any effort to demand players compensate the federation.

The men’s national team is training in Vienna and is scheduled to play World Cup friendlies against Qatar on September 23 in Vienna and Uruguay on September 27 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Canada opens the World Cup against Belgium on November 23.

On June 4, the day before the men’s national team players went on strikePlayers have asked Canada Soccer to pay $4 million after tax to qualify for this year’s World Cup.

At the time, several sources told TSN that Football Canada’s president, Nick Pontes, told the players that the federation could not pay such an amount because much of the organization’s revenue was being drained through Marketing and broadcasting contract with a little-known private company called Canada Soccer BusinessWhich is controlled by the owners of the Canadian Premier League teams.

The agreement commits CSB to pay a guaranteed fee to Canada Soccer annually between 2019 and 2027 for the rights to sell broadcast rights and corporate sponsorships for the men’s and women’s national teams.

In 2019, that fee was $3 million, according to a copy of the contract obtained by TSN. The guarantee rises every year, reaching $3.5 million in 2027. The contract, signed by Steve Reed (Canada Soccer President from 2017-20), states that CSB has the right to extend the deal for an additional 10 years and if it leads to this Rolling over, you must pay Canada Soccer a minimum of $4 million annually from 2028 to 2037.

CSB has the right to withhold all revenue from the sale of national team sponsorship and media rights.

In a joint statement issued in July,Players for the men’s and women’s national teams have called for a review of the contract between Canada Soccer and CSB. The sources told TSN that they have not yet been provided with a copy of the contract.

The sources said Canada Soccer has made some progress in talks with the players. The federation offered on September 13 in a letter to players’ lawyers to provide players with four tickets for each of the World Cup matches in Canada, as well as the opportunity to purchase an additional 10 tickets for each match, sources said, adding that Football Canada also has a bonus offer for each player in The World Cup squad is worth $20,000, plus $8,000 for each additional round if Canada qualify from the group stage.