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Comets players are now free agents

Under contract players are now able to start negotiating with other teams as the league continues working on a new ownership group

Thad Bell

News about the Kansas City Comets has been limited and rare since the end of last season. With a legal struggle between owners dominating what little information was made available the last few months fans have been worried about their team.

The press release the MASL sent out Tuesday did not help calm the fears that the Comets may not be back in the fall.

The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) is actively seeking a new ownership group for the Kansas City market. In conjunction with the current operating group, the MASL is working to find the best fit within the league and the community for the market.

Through the process, the league also seeks to act in the best interest of the players. Therefore, the players who were under contract with the previous ownership group as of July 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. ET, will now be free to negotiate new contracts when new ownership is established, or with any other team in the MASL.

The league will continue to pursue a strong ownership group to operate the Kansas City Comets for the 2017-2018 MASL season.

As of Tuesday, the players under contract to the Comets became free agents and can negotiate with other teams.

On the positive side the league does state they are working with the current operating group to find a strong ownership for Kansas City and the players can negotiate with the new ownership group.

The question is how many of the Comets can wait until a new ownership group is formed. Most of the players for the Comets have strong local ties. A number of them went to school locally and coach with local clubs, have second jobs and local charities and would find it difficult to move to another city.

While the press release sounds at least somewhat positive that a new ownership group will be formed, the longer it takes the harder it will be to field a team. They will be further and further behind the curve in getting players/coaches under contract, tickets sold and everything else that goes into putting a team on the field.