Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen made a statement on the CBA negotiations that have plagued the offseason, and the highlight was undoubtedly his calling the desire for free agency a "go-nowhere conversation."
His statement from his interview on RSL-owned ESPN700, with specific focus on his discussion of free agency and the CBA negotiations, follows. He had plenty of other things to say, but these are probably the most notable.
I think there are some really fair offers that have come from the league. The perennial issue is that "we want free agency," but that can't exist where everyone's employed by the same employer.
How do you have free agency when you're going to go talk to yourself at the next employer? That's not going to change. That's a "go-nowhere" conversation. When you look at all the owners, they've all been in pro basketball, baseball, football, and that was the one thing they all vowed they'd never do is go through that again.
They've tried it twice, it's been defeated by the courts. It's just a foolish place to waste time. If that's still open, it's just foolish.
The rest, there's some great agreement everyone can reach, but every time I read "we're going to work on free agency," well, you know, that's one of those real waste-of-time conversations. I think everyone's very intense on it. I know that the league and the owners are seriously looking at that.