The PLL and ESPN have reached a four-year media rights agreement to bring professional field lacrosse to all of ESPN’s major platforms. Every PLL game will air exclusively on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+ starting the 2022 season.
“We’re thrilled to announce our new agreement with ESPN. It’s a testament to our gameday experience, the business teams at the PLL, growing interest level and engagement of a global lacrosse audience, as well as ESPN’s foresight and meaningful investment into a game that’s indigenous to North America – one of the fastest-growing in the US today.”
– Paul Rabil, PLL Co-Founder and President
The PLL enters it’s fourth season this summer with 47 games to be played across 13 cities. These games include the regular season, All-Star Game, Playoffs, and Championship Weekend in Philadelphia. The full season spans from June 4th up until September 18th.
“This new agreement will maximize exposure for the league and sport as a whole, with a number of events on linear television and all games being available direct to consumer. Paul and Mike Rabil are incredible leaders and innovators in the sport and we are all looking forward to continued growth for the PLL.”
– Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of ESPN and Sports Content
NBCUniversal previously held the PLL’s media rights since the the league’s inaugural season in 2019 with games being aired on NBC Sports and Peacock. According to Deadline, the value of this new deal could fall within the range of eight figures.
“This agreement further cements leadership for ESPN in what is clearly a growth sport. Between professional, college and high school, ESPN is the home for lacrosse. The massive reach we will bring across our leading streaming and linear platforms – ABC, ESPN and ESPN+ is the cornerstone of this innovative deal with PLL, creating many opportunities to super-serve all lacrosse fans.”
– Burke Magnus, President of ESPN Programming and Original Content