NLL cancels the 2020 playoffs, shifts focus to 2020-21 season

June 04, 2020 - 12:18 pm

After canceling the rest of the 2019-20 regular season back on April 6, the National Lacrosse League officially announced the cancellation of the 2020 playoffs on Thursday, effectively ending the 2019-20 season.

"After an exhaustive effort weighing all of the factors, including the health and safety of our players and staff, immigration challenges, and the resources required to execute a postseason tournament under the current circumstances, our senior leadership and Board have agreed to redirect our attention to planning for next season," NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said in a league statement. "We want to thank all those involved, especially our players, coaches, and league and team staff, and most importantly our fans and partners, for their continued support and engagement through this global pandemic. Communities are starting to open up, sports are beginning to return, and we look forward to our 35th season. We wish everyone continued health and safety as we navigate our way back to the game."

"We appreciate all the work that Nick and the team at the NLL have put in during these challenging times, and wholeheartedly support this decision," said Professional Lacrosse Players' Association (PLPA) President Peter Schmitz.

"The health and safety of our players is always paramount. The league office has kept us apprised of the efforts to try and find a reasonable solution and that the continued uncertainty of the many considerations needed to restart the season have made it virtually impossible to chart a course to a season finale. We regret that the players, fans and clubs won't get to enjoy what was sure to be an exciting playoff series but in light of the current state of affairs, we agree a focus on next years' season is the best use of the downtime. We are all are looking forward to resumption of play next season."

The league also announced on Thursday that dates for the 2020 NLL Draft and the start of the 35th NLL season will be announced in the fall.

As for the Buffalo Bandits, the team's season ends with a 7-4 record in 11 games. That was good for a tie for second place in the North Division with the Toronto Rock. Both teams sat just a game back of the first place Halifax Thunderbirds.

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