NLL & PLPA reach deal on new CBA

November 24, 2018 - 6:58 pm

The National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association have reached an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The announcement of a new five-year deal between the league and its players will allow the 2018-19 NLL season to take place after the league previously canceled the first two weeks of the regular season. 

“We appreciate the efforts of the negotiating committee and their tireless dedication to reaching a fair and equitable agreement for both the NLL and the players. This agreement has created a clear path for incremental growth, not just for the players and the existing clubs, but for the sport of lacrosse as well.  Thank you also to the fans and the players for your patience as we worked through this situation,” said Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz in a statement released by the league. 

Additionally, PLPA President Peter Schmitz stated, “This new agreement sets the players in a great position for success as partners in a league and a sport whose best days are ahead.”

The exact details of the 2018-19 schedule will be released at a later date. The Buffalo Bandits were originally scheduled to play the expansion Philadelphia Wings on Saturday, December 15 at 1 p.m. The previously scheduled home opener against Toronto Rock on December 1 and a road game against the expansion San Diego Seals on December 8 were lost when the league canceled the first two weeks of the season.

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