The delay is due to uncertainties with the pandemic, states the National Lacrosse League.
The National Lacross League (NLL) announced on Wednesday, February 3, the cancellation of the shortened spring 2021 season due to uncertainties surrounding the pandemic. The league is looking forward to starting a regular season in the fall. The Colorado Mammoth NLL team will follow the protocols and will hit the turf later this year.
“While many of the factors we can control were moving along well, those outside of our control, especially pertaining to obtaining government approval as far in advance as we would have needed, are no longer feasible," said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz in the press release. "All the efforts and innovations we were planning will now go towards a full season starting this fall and into next year. We thank our players, teams, and Board of Governors, whose thoughts in this process were invaluable, and we now set our sights on getting lined up for a full NLL season starting in the fall.
"We also thank our fans for sticking with us—we will be back, and it will be even more exciting than ever before.”
The Colorado Mammoth posted a video message from their general manager, Brad Self, a few hours after the announcement.
"While our guys were prepared to compete out on the turf and build off the success of last season, the league and its teams made the responsible decision to keep the health and safety of its players, fans, and staff its number one priority," Self said. "While this isn't the news any of us were hoping for, we want to share our appreciation for your support this year and every year."
The NLL considered playing a shortened spring season in a "bubble" environment in Canada but ultimately decided the logistical challenges and restrictions made it harder to implement. The league is planning for a November 2021 start to the next season.
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