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National Lacrosse League, Bandits cancel rest of regular season

The National Lacrosse League has canceled the remainder of its regular season.

The league had suspended regular season play March 12 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The regular season was scheduled to end April 25, but league officials said they wanted to remove any uncertainty. Whether the league resumes for some sort of a postseason is to be determined.

“Our goal is to find the best, and safest, solution for resumption of play, but what that looks like, and when that occurs, cannot be determined today,” NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said in a statement. “Our primary focus is the long-term health of all involved in the sport of lacrosse from a personal and a business standpoint, and we are consulting with our board, medical and municipal authorities, as well as leadership in other organizations across sports and entertainment, to determine when we will be able to effectively move forward.

“Whenever that is, we have plans in place that continue to evolve, and we will be ready to restart the process correctly and effectively.”

The Bandits are 7-4 and tied with Toronto, a half-game behind Halifax (8-5) in the North Division.

The decision had the support of the Pro Lacrosse Players Association.

“We recognize the challenges that are presented with the unpredictability of the circumstances in which we find ourselves and will consider all options as presented by Nick and the NLL leadership,” PLPA President Peter Schmitz said in a statement. “Our primary focus remains the health and safety of our members and their input will be the deciding factor. We remain positive and optimistic for a return to the floor in the appropriate time frame.”

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