Roughnecks will play next game

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:36 PM ET

The National Lacrosse League has guaranteed the Calgary Roughnecks will play at least one more regular-season game.

League spokesperson Doug Fritts confirmed Thursday afternoon the cash-strapped Roughnecks will indeed make their next road trip.

“The Calgary Roughnecks will be in Philadelphia to play on March 5, and the Roughnecks players will be paid for the All-Star game,” said the league statement.

“The league remains in the process of gathering all relevant information relating to the Calgary Roughnecks situation and cannot offer any further comment at this time.”

Roughnecks owner Brad Banister made a plea to local businesses Tuesday night to buy advertising and help save the team.

Banister has missed the last pay period for player payroll, meaning the team hasn’t been paid for two games.

Four Roughnecks are headed to Verona, N.Y., for the NLL all-star game Sunday and their stipend of $500 was supposed to come out of the team’s pockets.

The NLL has stepped in to pay that fee.

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