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NLL suspends 2020 season temporarily in response to coronavirus concerns

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) announced on Thursday that it would suspend the 2020 season temporarily until concerns with the global coronavirus pandemic have subsided.

“The National Lacrosse League has determined that it is in the best interests of our fans, our players, our coaches and our staff to temporarily suspend play until further notice due to concerns over COVID-19. We will continue to evaluate this situation and remain in constant communication with health, team, business and league officials across North America. Security and safety is our top priority and focus in these challenging and unprecedented times, and we will continue to provide updates on resumption and rescheduling of play as they are determined.”

The Professional Lacrosse Players Association (PLPA) also announced that they are in continuous communication with the league and will keep their members updated with any further developments.

The news comes on the heels of the NBA’s announcement that they were suspending their 2019-20 season and the NHL announced it was suspending its season shortly after. Additionally, many college athletic programs have cancelled their lacrosse programs’ spring 2020 seasons putting the entire NCAA lacrosse season in jeopardy.

As of publication, no timetable to resume NLL play has been given. Since the NLL shares arenas with many NBA and NHL teams, future decisions will likely be made in conjunction with the other sports leagues.

Follow @prolacrossetalk on Twitter and Instagram for updates on the coronavirus’ impact on the NLL and to stay up to date on the latest NLL news.

Hutton Jackson is a professional video editor, co-founder/host of Pro Lacrosse Talk and editor-in-chief of Lacrosse Playground. He is also an Emmy-winning associate producer with two major sports networks and oversees Lacrosse Playground's video content as the head coordinating producer. Hutton played four years of college lacrosse at DeSales University where his highest lacrosse accolade was being named to Inside Lacrosse's 2014 All-Name Team with current pros Challen Rogers, Deemer Class and Larken Kemp, an honor that didn't require stepping on the field. When he's not writing on lacrosse, he can usually be found diving around the crease in your local men's league and ranting about Baltimore and D.C. professional sports.

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