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The Titans left NYC for Orlando and would also like their mix tapes back.

The Titans left NYC for Orlando and would also like their mix tapes back.

A recent article on New York Magazine’s online Sport Section chronicles the NLL’s Titans packing up town and heading to Orlando.  According to team sources they couldn’t afford the costs of rent in NYC (welcome to the club!):

New York’s National Lacrosse League team made it to last season’s Champion’s Cup, only to be defeated by the Calgary Roughnecks in some Canadian place called the Saddledome. Now they’ll be in the same spot where the ACC’s all-time leading scorer helps open Dunkin’ Donuts franchises.The Cardinals didn’t leave Glendale, Arizona, after their Super Bowl loss. The Tigers and Red Wings didn’t bolt Detroit after their recent World Series and Stanley Cup defeats. Elite teams don’t abandon even the most down-and-out cities.

We Lost Our Lacrosse Team. Yes, We Had One. [New York Magazine]

While comparing a NLL franchise to teams in the NHL, NFL, and MLB seems unfair for a league still trying to gain a toehold in many cities, this comparison was dead on:

…what miracles can be expected of a league whose logo looks like Boba Fett waving a Japanese flag?

So let me get this straight:

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bobafett

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japan-flag

The resemblance is uncanny. Maybe this can help appeal to the Star Wars/ lacrosse crossover demo?  Ummmm…yeah the NLL really needs a new logo. But how indoor lax can’t make New York work is beyond me.  I was looking forward to checking out one of their games.

You  broke my heart New York Titans but I’ll try to love again.

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Ryan Craven is a Co-Founder of Lax All Stars and has taken his passion for lacrosse from coast to coast and back again. Contact him at ryan@lacrosseallstars.com

6 Comments

  • the lacrosseallstars logo is much better! ha!
    I think the fact that the Titans had to pay to use the arena differently than the Rangers or Knicks made a lot of sense. they have fewer games and draw much smaller crowds. I would have loved to see a game last year but they decided it was a good idea to have 4 home fields (with one of them in FLA!) so it was not destined to work out.
    I rarely saw any marketing efforts from the Titans even though they had big name players. there was very little community outreach and this move isn't nyc's fault and it isn't the fans' fault. It is the league's fault and it is the fault of management of the Titans. The NLL offices are in…. NYC! yet they can't make it work here? come on.
    I'm really dissappointed in the NYC franchise. the grassroots effort just wasn't there and they have no one to blame but themselves.
    I truly hope that the Titans can make it work in Orlando.
    It will be good for the game to get more exposure in FLA, a quickly growing lax state and it will be good to see the indoor game spread a little more. I played some boxlax down in Ft. Lauderdale but haven't been able to find any in NYC… maybe that tells us something. maybe it doesn't.

  • I alwayz wanted to go to a Titans game. Was planning on being a season ticket holder this year. Looks like the MLL will get my skrilla instead….

  • If ONLY there were an MLL team in NYC! I would be at every game fo sho!
    The prospect of going to Hempstead though? not quite as enticing. if there were better trains? then maybe… but probably not.
    The City is just so empty on the summer weekends, it might be hard to ever have a pro lax team here. heck, even the NFL teams play in JerZ!

  • the lacrosseallstars logo is much better! ha!
    I think the fact that the Titans had to pay to use the arena differently than the Rangers or Knicks made a lot of sense. they have fewer games and draw much smaller crowds. I would have loved to see a game last year but they decided it was a good idea to have 4 home fields (with one of them in FLA!) so it was not destined to work out.
    I rarely saw any marketing efforts from the Titans even though they had big name players. there was very little community outreach and this move isn't nyc's fault and it isn't the fans' fault. It is the league's fault and it is the fault of management of the Titans. The NLL offices are in…. NYC! yet they can't make it work here? come on.
    I'm really dissappointed in the NYC franchise. the grassroots effort just wasn't there and they have no one to blame but themselves.
    I truly hope that the Titans can make it work in Orlando.
    It will be good for the game to get more exposure in FLA, a quickly growing lax state and it will be good to see the indoor game spread a little more. I played some boxlax down in Ft. Lauderdale but haven't been able to find any in NYC… maybe that tells us something. maybe it doesn't.

  • I alwayz wanted to go to a Titans game. Was planning on being a season ticket holder this year. Looks like the MLL will get my skrilla instead….

  • If ONLY there were an MLL team in NYC! I would be at every game fo sho!
    The prospect of going to Hempstead though? not quite as enticing. if there were better trains? then maybe… but probably not.
    The City is just so empty on the summer weekends, it might be hard to ever have a pro lax team here. heck, even the NFL teams play in JerZ!

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