NLL turns focus to 2021-22 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The National Lacrosse League has canceled their 2020-21 season. They had hoped to begin the season in April.

Travel restrictions caused 2020-21 to be stopped. Now, the league will focus on the 2021-22 season.

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“We have gone through many scenarios, including playing a bubble season in Canada in April, but the logistical challenges, including the recently announced tighter travel and quarantine restrictions across the Canadian border, have required us to pivot,” NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said. “We have decided to focus on playing a full season in our markets, starting in the fall of this year. While many of the factors we can control were moving along well, those outside of our control, especially pertaining to obtaining government approval as far in advance as we would have needed, are no longer feasible. All the efforts and innovations we were planning will now go towards a full season starting this fall and into next year.

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“We thank our players, teams, and Board of Governors, whose thoughts in this process were invaluable, and we now set our sights on getting lined up for a full NLL season starting in the fall. We also thank our fans for sticking with us – we will be back, and it will be even more exciting than ever before.”

The league was stopped in March 2020 due to the coronavirus. The league plans to play a full 2021-22 season.

The new schedule will be announced at a later date.

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“We appreciate the League’s extensive efforts to provide us the opportunity to play an abbreviated 2021 season in a safe and controlled environment throughout the changing landscape during this Pandemic,” PLPA President Zach Currier said. “While we are disappointed that it will not be possible to play this spring, we are even more excited and passionate about having a full 2021-22 season and are eager to get back on the floor this fall.”

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