And There Was Much Rejoicing!

The Sting are going to play in 2008!

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The National Lacrosse League (NLL) has announced the reaching of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Professional Lacrosse Player's Association (PLPA). The agreement is a seven-year term that begins in 2008 and runs through the 2014 season. The agreement marks the longest labor deal in the 22-year history of professional indoor lacrosse. The league's previous three-year agreement with the PLPA expired following the 2007 season.

"The new collective bargaining agreement will allow for positive long-term growth of the NLL," said Sting Governor Douglas Moss. "But most importantly, the fans will not miss out on another great season of lacrosse."

"We are very excited to have a new seven-year deal with the PLPA," said Sting General Manager and Head Coach Bob Hamley. "We'd like to apologize to our fans for the unrest over the last several weeks, but we now have the opportunity to take the NLL and the sport of lacrosse to the next level."

"Reaching a long-term collective bargaining agreement with the players was our number one priority in this process. We've been building positive growth in the league over the past few years." said NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings.

The agreement also means that professional indoor lacrosse will be played in 2008. When a new CBA had not reached by the league's deadline last week, the 2008 season was canceled. A new schedule for the 2008 National Lacrosse League season is expected to be announced next week.

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