The first home game for the Saskatchewan Rush scheduled for Dec. 8 has been cancelled.
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) cancelled the first two weeks of the season due to the ongoing contract dispute with the Professional Lacrosse Players' Association (PLPA).
The NLL rejected a new proposal tabled by the PLPA.
"We believe those terms would have both short- and long-term negative consequences on our member clubs and the League which we are not willing to accept," the NLL said in a statement.
We believe those terms would have both short- and long-term negative consequences on our member clubs and the League which we are not willing to accept.– National Lacrosse League
The NLL said since the PLPA has instructed players not to attend training camps or submit to physicals, the opening of the season is impossible.
The cancellation of the first two weekends of the 2018-19 season includes games on Dec. 1 (Saskatchewan at Georgia, Toronto at Buffalo and Calgary at Colorado) and Dec. 8 (Colorado at Saskatchewan, New England at Rochester, Toronto at Vancouver and Buffalo at San Diego).
The two sides cannot agree on how to tie revenue growth with players' salaries.
There is no word if those games will be rescheduled.