On this week’s edition of Lacrosse Classified, Jessica Berman, Deputy Commissioner and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs for the NLL joins us on the show. Plus, our Stampede Tack Weekly Report Cards give a massive A to the first responders at the President’s Cup for their swift action when Angus Goodleaf collapsed suddenly. Mark Matthews also joins us.
Jessica Berman, Mark Matthews: Lacrosse Classified
Our first guest this week is the newly-appointed Deputy Commissioner and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, Jessica Berman. While becoming the first ever female deputy commissioner in any North American professional sport, its Jessica’s resume and experience that are exemplary. For the past 13 seasons, she has been the Vice President of Community Development, Culture and Growth for the NHL, which is a perfect fit for a growing league like the NLL. We speak to Jessica about what her role all entails, what excites her about the NLL and what needs to be done to help grow the game in markets where the NLL has struggled.
Our second guest was the recent playoff MVP of Major Series Lacrosse, Mark Matthews from the Peterborough Lakers, which is headed to the Mann Cup which starts this Friday. As Jake likes to call him, “The Mailman”, Matthews was also the 2018 NLL MVP and has been the runner up many times with the Saskatchewan Rush. Matthews has also had a stellar season in the MLL with the Atlanta Blaze. We discuss changes to the lineup in Saskatchewan, what it is going to take for Peterborough to win the Mann Cup, and whether the cup is safe in Peterborough’s hands.
As always we end things with Stampede Tack’s #WhoYaGott, and we tackle PLL games on this week’s schedule to get our quota in, we hand out another hat and news and notes, including one big name that didn’t renounce his NCAA eligibility yet to enter the upcoming NLL Draft.