It was looking bleak for Major League Lacrosse to add another equipment sponsor, and then out of nowhere the league announces that STX has joined the line up. Now players will be wearing Warrior, Brine, and STX equipment.
The details of the one year deal are still a little murky. We will have to wait to know if only certain players will be sponsored, or if entire teams will be decked out in STX gear, but one thing seems certain, the MLL just got another big sponsor on board. For their stability, that’s a very good thing. I’m hearing that STX players, along with some others (on each team), will be wearing STX.
The league announced the addition of a number of mesh and stringing companies last week, and those kind of smaller partners are good, but not game changers. Adding the weight of STX to the league however… well, that’s big stuff. We’ve got feelers out to people in the know, and when we can answer questions and give you more info, we will.
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Rumor has it another big announcement is on the way, and more info should be dropped on the starving public.
See below for a couple of key excerpts from Major League Lacrosse’s press release:
The one-year partnership with the MLL makes STX an Official Equipment Partner of Major League Lacrosse. As part of the agreement, STX will equip members of the MLL teams with product, including gloves, pads, handles and heads.
“We are very excited at the opportunity to partner with Major League Lacrosse and by doing so provide the top players in the sport with the chance to compete at the highest level, in our equipment,” said Ed Saunders, STX Director of Marketing. “We believe this partnership is a benefit to the game and yet another important benchmark in the progression of the industry.”
Fans will get their first glance of MLL players using STX equipment on opening weekend, which is less than three months away, on April 26 and 27.
So what do you guys think of this deal at first glance? What does it mean for the MLL? What does it mean for the LXM? Will STX players flock back to the MLL? Will STX sign more MLL players? Will the LXM and the MLL merge into one professional lacrosse organization? Or will players now be allowed to play in both leagues?
SO many questions… we’ll get to work on answers.
If I were a betting man, my instincts say a more direct partnership is in the works between all the parties. There is no mention of any league being better than another, or anything like that. It is subtle, but if you read between the lines, it’s there. Or I’m insane and seeing things. Either way, we’ll know more in the coming hours and days.
What does this mean to you? Let’s hear all the crazy. Comment away!