NLL Reaches New CBA Agreement With Players' Association
The NLL and Professional Lacrosse Players Association have "finalized a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, ending the bitter labor dispute" that forced the league to "cancel the first two weeks" of the '18-19 season, according to Matt Dasilva of US LACROSSE MAGAZINE. The new agreement is for a "five-year term." Former NLL player and Major Series Lacrosse league Brooklin Redmen GM Brad MacArthur tweeted that the compromise is a "'mid-length deal with (an) opt-out provision,' with both sides committed to continue negotiations on a long-term CBA." The NLL had previously "stood by its seven-year proposal tendered Oct. 31, rejecting one- and two-year counteroffers by the PLPA before arriving at this agreement." With a new deal in place, it "paves the way for players to report to training camps" this weekend, with the season starting Dec. 15. There were "no reports indicating the NLL would reschedule the seven games that were canceled as a result of the impasse" (USLAXMAGAZINE.com, 11/24).