A group of professional pickleball players has come together to address concerns about recent pay cuts and the future of their sport. Major League Pickleball (MLP) asked players to accept a 40% pay cut in exchange for reduced work obligations, citing the need for long-term financial stability. However, many players are dissatisfied not only with the pay cuts but also with the lack of transparency and questionable negotiation tactics employed by MLP and the Pro Pickleball Association Tour (PPA Tour).
MLP, which has attracted A-list ownership groups, including sports superstars like LeBron James and Tom Brady, has recently undergone leadership changes, adding to the uncertainty. Players have expressed frustration over having to negotiate with PPA Tour CEO Connor Pardoe, whom some had originally sought to avoid by joining MLP.
The players’ collective aims to represent the interests of the majority of MLP’s approximately 100 players, advocating for fair treatment and transparency in contract negotiations. While MLP and the PPA Tour claim that they are working collectively to ensure the long-term success of professional pickleball, the players’ survey results suggest widespread discontent………..[read more]
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