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The National Lacrosse League has announced the reaching of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Professional Lacrosse Player’s Association.

The agreement is a seven-year term that begins in 2008 and run through the 2014 season and 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.

“Reaching a long-term collective bargaining agreement with the players was our number one priority in this process”, said NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings. “We’ve been building positive growth in the league over the past few years. Securing long-term labor peace puts us in a position to take our league to the next level.”

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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