NLL closer to new CBA

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:09 AM ET

The National Lacrosse League and its players' union are closer to signing a new collective bargaining agreement although a number of issues still need to be resolved.

The NLL handed the Professional Lacrosse Players' Association a new CBA proposal Friday in time for the PLPA's annual general meeting held in Newport, R.I., this weekend.

"We gave them a really good proposal Friday," said NLL commissioner Jim Jennings.

"There were raises in there for players, among other things."

PLPA president Peter Schmitz said the most recent proposal is a step in the right direction but the union won't rush into a new deal.

"With each successive proposal that comes across, we're getting a little closer, hopefully, to a format that will work for everybody," said Schmitz.

Jennings said Friday's proposal was for a six-year deal which didn't include revenue sharing between teams, something the PLPA said is a must in any long-term deal they sign.

The two sides will continue to talk this week towards an Oct. 1 deadline set by the league.

While Schmitz said the union would love to get a deal done by that date, he added: "I don't see it as a likely possibility right now."

The NLL season is scheduled to begin in January.


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