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STX Joins Major League Lacrosse

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It was looking bleak for Major League Lacrosse to add another equipment sponsor, and then out of nowhere the league announces that STX has joined the line up. Now players will be wearing Warrior, Brine, and STX equipment.

The details of the one year deal are still a little murky. We will have to wait to know if only certain players will be sponsored, or if entire teams will be decked out in STX gear, but one thing seems certain, the MLL just got another big sponsor on board. For their stability, that’s a very good thing. I’m hearing that STX players, along with some others (on each team), will be wearing STX.

The league announced the addition of a number of mesh and stringing companies last week, and those kind of smaller partners are good, but not game changers. Adding the weight of STX to the league however… well, that’s big stuff. We’ve got feelers out to people in the know, and when we can answer questions and give you more info, we will.

Rumor has it another big announcement is on the way, and more info should be dropped on the starving public.

See below for a couple of key excerpts from Major League Lacrosse’s press release:

The one-year partnership with the MLL makes STX an Official Equipment Partner of Major League Lacrosse. As part of the agreement, STX will equip members of the MLL teams with product, including gloves, pads, handles and heads.

“We are very excited at the opportunity to partner with Major League Lacrosse and by doing so provide the top players in the sport with the chance to compete at the highest level, in our equipment,” said Ed Saunders, STX Director of Marketing. “We believe this partnership is a benefit to the game and yet another important benchmark in the progression of the industry.”

Fans will get their first glance of MLL players using STX equipment on opening weekend, which is less than three months away, on April 26 and 27.

So what do you guys think of this deal at first glance? What does it mean for the MLL? What does it mean for the LXM? Will STX players flock back to the MLL? Will STX sign more MLL players? Will the LXM and the MLL merge into one professional lacrosse organization? Or will players now be allowed to play in both leagues?

SO many questions… we’ll get to work on answers.

If I were a betting man, my instincts say a more direct partnership is in the works between all the parties. There is no mention of any league being better than another, or anything like that. It is subtle, but if you read between the lines, it’s there. Or I’m insane and seeing things. Either way, we’ll know more in the coming hours and days.

What does this mean to you? Let’s hear all the crazy. Comment away!

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11 Comments

  • If we don’t get to see more MLL teams immediately, it would be nice to see LXM Pro Tour with a Warrior team and a Brine team.

  • Partnership opportunity: MLL in the summer, followed by the LXM running a nationwide tour of MLL all stars (or really, whoever is available) during the off season.

  • I think this is the most important part “STX will equip MEMBERS of the MLL teams” I don’t see them equipping entire teams as of now. From what I interpret this means that STX athletes will get to use STX in the MLL.

  • Seems like something is up with the LMX Tour. This could be one reason STX signed with the MLL so it has an outlet for it’s players but then again STX has been throwing a lot of money around lately (NHL, Women’s Hockey, Women’s Field Hockey and there Helmet development)so it kind of makes sense. If Maverik heads over to the MLL next we will really know something is up with LXM. Also the MLL has been asking most of manufactures to hop on board are they in financial trouble too. Just a thought Is Warrior/Brine trying to reduce cost associated with the league.
    All and All this is good for the MLL, the growth of Lacrosse and Lacrosse Fans.

  • This is a huge step forward, if we can get Under Armour or Nike to join in that would provide clothing and cleats it would help the league. I have said it many times before, LXM needs to be during offseason and let the MLL be the 1 professional Lacrosse league. I will also hope that we can get real expansion in the MLL like Dallas & Atlanta.

  • while not as an official an announcement as this, weren’t there rumblings prior to last summer about MLL players being allowed to wear gear of their choosing? And if STX is permitted in the league, how far behind is Nike? How big would it be for Jake to land nike? Every kid at the park seems to be twirling a nike shaft these days.

  • I think @tonyperkis makes a great point about Nike. How does Nike factor into this deal with STX? It would make sense for Nike to be included in the deal, but we’ll have to wait and see.

  • I don’t see the MLL and LXM merging. In my opinion, the MLL is just on another level. All you need to do is look at the numbers of the USA team. The only exception is Kyle Harrison, but he still used to play for the MLL. I see the LXM almost as a D-league of sorts, of course there are some really good players on the LXM teams, but the level of play is so much different. With STX joining and the MLL expanding continuously, I would give it another 10 or so years until the MLL is up there in the pro rankings across all sports. For now, they just have to keep expanding.

  • I wouldn’t say that the LXM is a D-league at all because its far from the truth. You can’t use the fact that there is very few players from the LXM tour on Team USA because honestly out of all the MLL players, there aren’t very many on that team either from there. And with the level of play, LXM seems to be more of a laid back game while the MLL is more serious. I could possibly be wrong about that, but that’s just my opinion on it. Plus the LXM is more towards spreading the game over to the west coast, compared to the MLL being strictly on the east coast. Just some food for thought. @carsonb32

  • I wouldn’t call LXM D-league either. With the MLL #1 pick overall in Peter Baum, LXM has some talent. A majority of the guys have played in the MLL or were drafted pretty high. I think the laid back “growth of the game” concept makes it look like LXM is not as hard. LXM could still be something for players during the MLL offseason to do where you add a Team Warrior & Team Under Armour which they can play each other with the current Team STX & Team Maverik.

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