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League dispute cancels first two weeks of Bandits season

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The National Lacrosse League has cancelled the first two weeks of its 2018-19 season, due to failure to reach agreement on a new collective bargaining ageement between the league and the Professional Lacrosse Players' Association.

That means the Buffalo Bandits' games on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 will not be played. The Bandits' open practice scheduled for Nov. 17 at KeyBank Center has been postponed, as well.

The PLPA has told its members not to attend training camps or submit to physicals, making the formation of rosters impossible and forcing the two-week cancellation of the schedule.

In astatement, the NLL said it is looking to "create a partnership for growth with the players, but we believe we must grow together with a strategy that fits within a reasonable business model. A guaranteed 400 percent increase in expenses without a corresponding guaranteed revenue increase is not something as stewards of the league we can responsibly agree to."

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.
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