National Lacrosse League announces cancellation of other regular season games

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Philidelphia, April 8, 2020– The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the world’s oldest and best performing professional lacrosse league, announced today that it will cancel the remainder of the regular season. League officials are considering a number of scenarios to get back into the game when all stakeholders and health officials believe it is possible. There is no timetable for when decisions will be made. The league suspended regular season play on March 12 due to COVID-19.

“With three weekends remaining in the regular season and uncertainty about the recovery during this period, we have decided that it is in the best interests of our players, coaches, staff, partners and fans to remove any uncertainty. Our goal is to find the best and safest solution for resuming the game, but what it looks like, and when it happens, cannot be determined today, ” said BNL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “Our main goal is the long-term health of everyone involved in the sport of lacrosse from a personal and professional point of view, and we consult with our board of directors, medical and municipal authorities, as well as leadership in other organizations through sport and entertainment, to determine when we can move forward effectively. In any case, we have plans in place that continue to evolve and we will be ready to restart the process properly and effectively. “

“We continue to be in regular contact with the NHL and support their recent decision to suspend the regular season, while continuing to understand what the next stage will look like,” said Peter Schmitz, president of the PLPA. “Our main objective remains the health and safety of our members and their contribution will be the deciding factor. We recognize the challenges that are presented with the unpredictability of the circumstances in which we find ourselves and will consider all of the options presented by Nick and NLL Leadership. We remain positive and optimistic for a return to speaking within the appropriate timeframe. “

These options will be described in more detail as 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 oldest and best performing professional lacrosse league, ranking third in terms of average attendance for professional indoor sports behind only the NHL and the NBA. The League includes 13 franchises in 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, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock and Vancouver Warriors.

According to recent research, the NLL fan is younger (46 years on average) than almost all North American professional sports leagues. Almost sixty percent of his fans come from a non-lacrosse fan base, while the general lacrosse fan has become more engaged than at any time in the history of the league. Most importantly, NLL fans are extremely passionate and engaged, with 58% of NLL fans identifying their favorite NLL team as their favorite sports team. Focusing on a first digital strategy, each NLL game is distributed on Turner’s B / R Live streaming service available on desktops, iOS, Android and connected devices. The NLL game of the week broadcast is also available on Facebook and Twitter, and has averaged over 160,000 unique viewers per game this season.

For more information, visit NLL.com and find the NLL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Media contact:

National Lacrosse League: Katie Lavin, [email protected]ll.com

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