NLL season back on?

The NLL season might be making a comeback for the 2008 season. (Sun Media File/Darryl Dyck)

The NLL season might be making a comeback for the 2008 season. (Sun Media File/Darryl Dyck)

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

The war of words is over and it appears the National Lacrosse League is back in business.

The NLL and the Professional Lacrosse Players' Association, who sparred openly when the 2008 season was "cancelled" last week reportedly, reached an agreement late last night to resurrect the season.

Chicago Shamrox head coach and GM Jamie Batley told the Peterborough Examiner the two sides had come to terms on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement that will run for seven years, with a fifth year opt-out for both sides.

"There was an agreement with commissioner Jim Jennings and the PLPA," Batley told the Examiner. "After the talks broke off earlier in the day about 5 p.m., an e-mail campaign was started and an agreement was reached about 8 p.m."

In one of the e-mails sent by Jennings, acquired by Sun Media from a source, he told the players:

"There would be a number of significant challenges in creating a new 2008 season. Many arena dates have been released. Front office staff have already been laid off. Boston has advised the league that they will not participate in 2008 if a season were to be resurrected. Other clubs may advise us of the same. In a last-ditch effort to re-start a 2008 NLL season the league has tendered the PLPA an offer for a long term agreement. The league's offer includes revenue-sharing provisions to ensure the players will not be left behind ... I must tell you that this is the one and only opportunity to bring back a 2008 season."

The NLL board of governors will vote on the deal today.


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