The National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association announced on Tuesday that the two sides had come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement that runs to the conclusion of the 2020 season.
"The new CBA will allow us to improve our business model," said NLL Commissioner George Daniel in a release. "This deal should foster a great era of growth for the league. I would like to thank everyone from both sides who worked on reaching this deal, but I would like to especially thank the players who participated in the bargaining sessions for their high level of professionalism during this process."
Among the highlights in the new CBA are an expanded schedule (from 16 to 18 games,) an expanded playoff format (including a two-game series in the Divisional Finals and Championship rounds from previous single-game elimination format, the lowering of the qualifying age for unrestricted free agency from 32 to 30 and a reduction of the number of franchise designations per team from two to one.
The 2013-14 NLL regular season begins on December 28th.