Major League Lacrosse announced today that the league will not operate the Dallas Rattlers for the 2020 MLL season.
The league announced that it was taking ownership of the franchise last fall after New Balance after the 2019 season (you can read more about thoughts on last season here from Ryan Conwell) — owned by Jim Davis who had a portfolio of other MLL franchises that included the Ohio Machine, Florida Launch and Charlotte Hound — which have all ceased operations while the Hounds are expected to relaunch in 2021.
The Dallas Rattlers competed for an MLL Championship in 2018 and experienced the longest winning streak during the 2019 season. The Rattlers are grateful to the fans who came out to the Star in support of the team and Play Lacrosse Day, Cancer Awareness Night, Community Heroes’ Day, Military Appreciation Night and more. The Rattlers were honored to have hosted Mayor Jeff Cheney at the team’s opening night and would like to sincerely thank the city of Frisco, their partners and the fans for the support. The Rattlers would also like to thank the Dallas Cowboys for their partnership.
Major League Lacrosse will maintain the Rattlers’ marks and colors for a return to the Dallas market.
MLL players are contracted with the league and will be a part of a new Major League Lacrosse franchise.
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Major League Lacrosse (MLL), based in Boston, is the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league. MLL has led lacrosse’s growth into the mainstream of competitive team sports since 2001. In the spring of 2018, MLL entered into new leadership for the first time in 17 years when it selected Alexander Brown as the Commissioner. Since that time, MLL has been on an aggressive path towards sustainably developing and growing the league. The 2020 season starts May 30, 2020 will be Major League Lacrosse’s twentieth-anniversary season. Major League Lacrosse is celebrating its history in the twenty weeks leading up to the 2020 season. Learn more about the MLL’s twentieth anniversary season on majorleaguelacrosse.com. Additional League Information Website: majorleaguelacrosse.com Instagram: @majorleaguelax Twitter: @MLL_Lacrosse