The National Lacrosse League has announced that an agreement has been reached with the Professional Lacrosse Player's Association (PLPA) to extend the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement for the 2003-2004 season with minor modifications. The agreement ensures that the entire season will take place free of interruption by a strike or lockout. The PLPA called off its player's strike on Thursday night, which lasted twelve days. The league and the player's association have agreed to play the season under the general terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement from the previous season.
'We've reached an agreement that will allow the season to be played with the best lacrosse players in the world, and without any interruption for the upcoming season ', said Commissioner Jim Jennings. 'We can now turn our attention to what should be a great season. I would like to thank all of our fans who showed their concern during the past couple of weeks'.
'The agreement to play this season under the prior Collective Bargaining Agreement addresses the short term. We remain committed to reaching a long term labor agreement to ensure labor peace for several years to come,' added Jennings. 'We look forward to continuing our negotiations and reaching the long term agreement that will benefit all parties moving forward.'
All team training camps and preseason activities will resume immediately, including the scheduled exhibition game between the Anaheim Storm and the Colorado Mammoth on December 19th. The Storm will host the exhibition game at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, following the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim home game that evening. Fans can attend the exhibition game free of charge.
The 2003-2004 regular season opens on December 26th at the new Glendale Arena as the Arizona Sting host the Vancouver Ravens. Opening weekend also includes the Rochester Knighthawks hosting the Philadelphia Wings on