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MLS working through dispute with players, likely will avoid lockout

Major League Soccer and its players association have worked through their labor dispute and are on track to avoid a lockout that could have been catastrophic for the league.

The owners have reportedly backed off attendance terms they sought to add to a force majeure clause, initially suggesting MLS and the MLS Players Association could invoke the clause if five teams suffered a 25% drop in attendance. Players had already agreed to adding a force majeure clause to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the first time, but the attendance clause could easily be invoked because of the varying ways attendance is counted and players took offense to the language, according to ESPN and The Athletic.