By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The National Lacrosse League has canceled the first two weeks of the season. This comes as a result of failing to reach an agreement with the PLPA.
The Union and the league failed to reach an agreement by 5 pm on Wednesday. The PLPA made the league an offer after the deadline.
However, the league said that they cannot move forward with their latest offer.
“We believe those terms would have both short and long-term negative consequences on our member clubs and the League which we are not willing to accept,” the league said in a statement. “Therefore, there is not yet an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.”
During the impasse, the PLPA has urged its players not to attend training camps. They also urged the players not to take any physicals until there is an agreement.
With these actions, the league cannot operate as normal. Games on December 1st and December 8th have been canceled.
At the present moment, the league is slated to begin its new season — if a new CBA can be reached — on December 15. New expansion team Philadelphia Wings are slated to make their return since 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center at 1 pm against the Buffalo Bandits, among other games.
With the new schedule, the Wings will kick off the season before the Georgia Swarm hosts the New England Black Wolves at 7 pm. The Vancouver Warriors will travel to the Calgary Roughnecks at 9 pm that night.
The San Diego Seals, the other 2018-19 expansion team, will make their debut on December 22nd at 9 pm. They will travel to Denver, Colorado to face the Colorado Mammoth at the Pepsi Center.