The long stalemate between the National Lacrosse League and the Pro Lacrosse Players’ Association looks to be coming to an end.
On Friday, former player Brad MacArthur revealed that the two sides had reached a deal an on a new collective bargaining agreement.
The players were set to vote on Saturday at 6 p.m. EST to decide whether the deal would be ratified. It didn’t take long for the PLPA to announce the results of the vote.
The new CBA is a five-year deal that begins with the 2018-19 season, the league announced in a statement.
“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,” NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said. “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.”
The NLL was forced to cancel the first two weeks of the 2018-19 season just over a week ago due to failed negotiations between the two sides. The campaign was set to get underway on Dec. 1 with a trio of games headlined by a matchup between the Saskatchewan Rush and Georgia Swarm – the last two NLL champions.
The PLPA told Lax Sports Network that the season will begin on Dec. 15. They are also hopeful that the league will make up for lost games during the season.
Now, the campaign will get underway with a tripleheader featuring the debut of the expansion Philadelphia Wings and the newly named Vancouver Warriors. The former will start the season at home against the Buffalo Bandits, while the latter will open on the road against the Calgary Roughnecks. The third matchup will see the New England Black Wolves play Georgia.
The Toronto Rock have the first two weeks of the season off. They will open their slate of games at home against the Swarm. It will be a rematch of the 2017 East Division Finals. Georgia won all three games against Toronto last season.