Philadelphia, April 8, 2020– The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the longest running and most successful professional lacrosse league in the world, today announced that the League will cancel the rest of the regular season. League officials see a number of scenarios to return to play when all stakeholders and health officials consider it possible. There is no time limit when decisions will be made. The league suspended the regular season on March 12 because of COVID-19.
“With three weekends remaining in the regular season and uncertainty about the return during that time, we decided it was in the best interest of our players, coaches, staff, partners and fans to erase any uncertainty. Our goal is to find the best, and safest, solution for the resumption of the game, but what it looks like, and when it happens, cannot be determined today, said the NLL Commissioner, Nick Sakiewicz. “Our main focus is the long-term health of all involved in lacrosse sports from a personal and business perspective, and we consult with the board, our medical and municipal authorities, and leadership in other organizations in the field of sports and entertainment, to determine when we will can move forward effectively. At any time, we have a plan that continues to evolve, and we will be ready to restart the process correctly and effectively. “
“We continue to have regular contact with the NLL and support the recent decision to stop the regular season, while continuing to find out what the next steps will be like.” said Peter Schmitz, President of PLPA. “Our main focus remains on the health and safety of our members and their input will be the determining factor. We are aware of the challenges presented by the uncertainty of the situation in which we find ourselves and will consider all options presented by Nick and the NLL Leadership. We remain positive and optimistic about returning to the floor within the appropriate timeframe. “
These options will be described in more detail when the situation becomes clearer in North America in the coming weeks.
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About the National Lacrosse League
Founded in 1986, the National Lacrosse League (NLL) is the longest running and most successful professional lacrosse league, ranked third in the average attendance for pro indoor sports behind only the NHL and NBA. This league consists of 13 franchises throughout the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, New England Black Wolves, New York Riptide, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Seals Saskatchewan Rush , Toronto Rock and Vancouver Warriors.
According to the latest research, NLL fans are younger (average age 46) than almost every North American professional sports league. Nearly sixty percent of his fans come from non-lacrosse fan bases, while general lacrosse fans have become more active than at any point in league history. Most importantly, NLL fans are very passionate and involved, with 58% of NLL fans identifying their favorite NLL team as their favorite sports team. Focusing on the first digital strategy, each NLL game is distributed on the Live Turner B / R streaming service available on desktop, iOS, Android, and connected devices. The NLL Game of The Week broadcast is also available on Facebook and Twitter, and averaged more than 160,000 unique viewers per game this season.
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