The MLL announced a restructuring of the professional lacrosse league today, as three of the league’s franchises are will no longer be a part of the 2019 season.
MLL Announces League Restructuring; Retains Broadcasting Rights
The details: MLL ownership unanimously agreed on a strategy which limits one team per owner and will restructure the organization to focus on expansion in strategic markets with the goal of establishing Eastern and Western conferences. As a result, Major League Lacrosse will not be operating the Ohio Machine, the Florida Launch or the Charlotte Hounds in 2019. After the construction on American Legion Memorial Stadium is complete, the Charlotte Hounds will return in 2021 under new ownership. Discussions are ongoing for expansion with new owners for teams for the 2020 season.
The league also reacquired all linear, digital and social broadcast media rights to air MLL games and will explore broadcast options with broader distribution that will benefit fans, players and league sponsors.
The bottom line: While these moves may make sense for the MLL, they come at a weird time, especially after their rebranding efforts and collegiate draft with the now-defunct franchises.
It seems to be the year of the behind-the-back pass and shot. We’ve seen a quadruple behind-the-back play and Pat Spencer’s recent BTB goal. This play, that even made it on ESPN’s SportsCenter, features an impressive BTB feed to another impressive behind-the-back shot for the goal.
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Los Angeles To Host Inaugural Premier Lacrosse League All-Star Weekend
The details: The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced today that the league will host its inaugural All-Star Weekend on July 21st at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
All-Star Weekend festivities will kick off with an immersive Skills Challenge that will see the best PLL players compete in a multitude of competitions against one another. The weekend festivities will culminate the evening of July 21st with the official All-Star Game at 5 PM PST that will see the PLL’s top 50 players face off against one another.
Bottom line: The PLL continues to build hype around the league as the professional lacrosse league moves closer to its inaugural season.
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- Lehigh men’s lacrosse has found success in Patriot League play (via The Brown and White)
- Virginia men’s lacrosse team wins seventh in a row (via The Daily Progress)
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