PHILADELPHIA – The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest and most
successful professional lacrosse property in the world, today announced that plans for an abbreviated
season this spring have been cancelled due to uncertainties arising from the ongoing Pandemic. The
league, with the full support of the NLL Board of Governors, will now move to start a traditional season
in the fall of this year.
“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. We have decided to focus on playing a full season in our
markets, starting in the fall of this year,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “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. 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
“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. 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,” said Zach Currier, PLPA President.
While the exact start date of a full season will be announced at a later date, which will include the debut
of Panther City Lacrosse Club in Fort Worth, the NLL is planning to start in the fall playing a complete
season into the spring of 2022. Additionally, exciting franchise announcements are coming very soon, as
well as other initiatives that were being planned for the shortened 2021 season.
Details will be coming as they are finalized. For additional information, please visit @NLL YouTube to
watch an interview with Commissioner Sakiewicz.
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