LXM PRO & MLL Merger/Partnership

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When STX signed on to be an equipment sponsor for Major League Lacrosse, we KNEW that more moves were coming. It just made sense, and now only two days later, we have confirmation that the professional lacrosse world is changing… and for the better.

Couldn't be happier about this!
Couldn’t be happier about this!

Major League Lacrosse will continue to play their season over the Summers, but now LXM players will be allowed into the league. The LXM PRO will run during the MLL offseason, and will allow even more of the top names in the game to get involved in areas where the game is newer, and rapidly growing.  Here is a little stock quote from Dave Gross, Commissioner of the MLL:

This is another major step in unifying the sport of lacrosse and getting everyone to work as one to grow the sport. Having Adrenaline as a league partner and creating an opportunity for lacrosse players to compete year round is a win for everyone involved. We have further decided to work with LXM on growing the game in markets where the MLL doesn’t have a presence. LXM will move their tour to the MLL offseason and will focus their events in markets where MLL does not currently have a presence. MLL will work with LXM as it relates to selecting markets for tour events. This offseason (Sept 2014-March 2015) MLL players will be allowed to compete in LXM events if they so choose. Current LXM players will have the opportunity to play MLL in the 2014 season as well.

Usually I cringe when people use professional lacrosse and “Grow The Game” in the same sentence, as it is often lip service, but with this move it fits 100%. Both the LXM and MLL realized that they were competing against each other, and that this was fracturing the community in some way. So instead of ramping up the competition and going head to head (which at this point is a financial lose-lose situation), they found a way to work WITH each other, and to help each other grow.

It’s a no brainer move, but also one that took a LOT of relationship building and trust. People on the outside (like myself) could sit back and propose ideas like this, but for it to actually happen, and happen as quickly as it did, speaks to the true community feeling that exists in the lacrosse world. You can argue that these guys just saw the partnership as a way to make more money, and while that might be true, it would miss the point: No one is making it rain in lacrosse. Why fight each other for scraps when we can be stronger together?

If that last sentence doesn’t resonate with you, I recommend playing more team sports.

When Alex Cade says:

This partnership between Adrenaline Apparel, Adrenaline LXM & The MLL is one that truly shows the spirit of cooperation that is taking hold within our sport. This positive movement is at the core of everything we are at Adrenaline. After speaking with David Gross it was refreshing to hear firsthand the shared mutual appreciation and respect we shared for what each professional organization has done for the sport. This partnership between the MLL and Adrenaline LXM is one that is inclusive in nature and provides top level professional athletes the freedom to play where they want, when they want, and how they want. I can’t think of anything better for the sport than that.

I know this sounds crazy, but I’m actually buying what this press release is selling, and I believe this partnership is definitely going to be good for the professional game of field lacrosse. It even has the potential to push lacrosse into the next level of American sports, and I’m all for that.

To take things a step further, I hope the box lacrosse community takes note of this. While efforts to expand, help, and partner are strong in Europe, the same can simply not be said for box lacrosse in the States. There are so many disparate groups doing different things and fighting each other for little pieces of the pie. If the MLL and LXM can team up, so can you… do it for the game!

We’ll be talking with all of the parties involved over the coming days, and we’ll be sure to have more on this developing situation. Professional lacrosse is changing before your eyes. Don’t blink.


  1. I love this. Been saying this or something like it needed to happen. I know some guys like Brian Spallina think this is horrible. But hopefully with time they can see the good this does. Still love him and a legend in his own right. Wonder if this means a come back for K18 or the start for Peter Baum and Sam Bradman.

  2. I love this and I hope people, especially those who are in lacrosse to make a buck, take time to appreciate the sentiment and words used by Dave Gross and Alex Cade. Words like ‘unifying’, ‘partnership’,and ‘cooperation’ seem to be disappearing with the increased amount of $$ around the sport. I really hope that as the sport grows, the spirit of the game remains. Can’t wait to see who decides to play in both “leagues”. Kudos to all those who made it happen and best of luck going forward.
    I’m worried that in my area a recent division causes contention within the lacrosse community. I hope both leagues, much like the LXM and MLL, realize that instead of competing head to head they find a way to work together.

  3. LXM players in Supplemental Draft? How is that all going to work?

    The MLL Player Pool has been reopened until I believe Feb. 20th so LXM players can join in. It’s actually open to anyone! Teams will get to pick players off the waiver wire based on how they finished last season, so the Machine get first pick! Could we see Baum (who’s rights are still owned by Ohio) teaming up with LXM teammates K18 or Bradman for the Machine?

  4. I called this yesterday on the STX board. Problem is the Supplemental Draft, I would go back 2-3 years and any LXM player drafted by a MLL team would be assigned to that team so that the draft pick is not wasted. I hope that the MLL will expand 2 teams for all the players. We just had a supplemental draft for Florida not too long ago and there are a lot of talented players cannot get a roster spot.

  5. I would love to see Baum and K18 or Bradman on the Machine! I have a feeling Ohio’s time will come and the addition of any or all three of them would speed that process of improvement greatly! My newest assistant coach at Durham Academy is Marcus Holman and he mentioned to coach and a couple of us in a meeting Tuesday he wasn’t happy at all about the record or performance they ended with last year. I can’t wait to see who goes where and what guys make a difference!

  6. I do like this but I am curious about two things. One is if the Team USA tryout results had anything to do with this on the LXM side. Their players did not fare well in those. The other is if LXM will synch their schedules 100% with MLL to avoid any scheduling conflicts.

    I still never saw these two as competing. Their structures are completely different as are their goals. I would much rather see this sort of cooperation between the NLL, MLL and NCAA for that matter. I have yet to see a reasonable argument for why the MLL starts so early. Going to a season opener is borderline useless as a fan. It’s a roster maybe 50% of what it will be come July given NLL players missing, guys still coaching their college teams (day jobs) and NCAA rookies still playing in school. Instead of starting in June, they want to keep moving earlier making this worse and the NLL extended playoffs too. They’re trying to get players to choose a side and for the money right now, that is completely unfair to players and fans. This is where cooperation is desperately needed!

  7. I called this yesterday on the STX board. Problem is the Supplemental Draft, I would go back 2-3 years and any LXM player drafted by a MLL team would be assigned to that team so that the draft pick is not wasted. I hope that the MLL will expand 2 teams for all the players. We just had a supplemental draft for Florida not too long ago and there are a lot of talented players cannot get a roster spot.

    The MLL expansion isn’t due to lack of players, it’s business related. The LXM deal still offers no anchor cities to expand into. Atlanta’s still definitely in the works and so could be Hamilton’s return in theory, but we’ll see. Also, don’t be crazy to track LB3’s presence for possible MLL sites (Florida, Atlanta and maybe St. Louis?).

    The supplemental draft wasn’t for Florida though. They do that every year regardless. Since Florida was a move, not an expansion, they had no new roster to create, only one to modify. Had there been a franchise folding and another starting in that order, you would have a dispersal draft and then an expansion draft where the protected player list per team drops drastically.