Named the number one story in ’08, the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations are again stalled between the NLL and Professional Lacrosse Player’s Association (PLPA).
November 1, 2011 was the initial CBA opt-out date. That deadline was extended to March 31, and has since been extended two more weeks as the two sides try to negotiate their differences internally. Don’t be surprised, however, if that deadline is pushed back again, ‘till after the championship game May 19.
IL Indoor will allow for the NLL and PLPA to continue those negotiations internally, but we’ll be close to the scene and will be sure to break the news to you as it’s available.
It is no secret that commissioner George Daniel and the league’s owners are seeking a better business model – with Daniel noting in some markets player related expanses can be 50% or more of a team’s overall operating budget, under the current CBA.
Regarding TV broadcasts, NLL fans should also note games televised on CBS Sports Network are exclusive to the television provider and will not be viewable online. Video highlights of all goals and other plays of all games are available on NLL.com.
In Canada, CBS Sports Network is available on Bell ExpressVU, Eastlink, Cogeco, Rogers and Bell Aliant. Contact your satellite or cable providers to learn more.
“CBS Sports Network provides the NLL with a weekly primetime broadcast window on Saturday nights, a first for the sport of lacrosse,” says Daniel. “We were very pleased with last week’s launch of the package and look forward to building the relationship.”
That coverage continues this weekend with Colorado hosting Toronto on Saturday at 9pm ET. The Mammoth’s John Grant Jr. continues his chase of the single-season points record, and the Rocks’ Colin Doyle is set to move into second place on the all-time NLL scoring charts.An All-America at Simon Fraser and a decorated Jr. A player for Coquitlam, Kojima began covering lacrosse in 2003 and started working for Inside Lacrosse in 2007. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.laxfuj.com.
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