By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Premier Lacrosse League has merged with Major League Lacrosse on Wednesday morning. All of MLL’s operations will merge under the PLL banner.
The two leagues were very different. Major League Lacrosse had host cities, where they played their games on a weekly basis.
The PLL — which was found three years ago in 2018 for the 2019 season — are a travel-based organization, where they play multiple games in one city before moving on to the next.
“The PLL and MLL partnership is a massive step forward for professional lacrosse,” PLL Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer Paul Rabil said. “Merging the two organizations and removing some of the challenges that athletes, sponsors and fans faced will undoubtedly advance the game forward. This one’s particularly nostalgic for me and a number of PLL players given that we began our careers and played in championship games with MLL prior to the PLL’s launch. Today and forever we share in that history and continue to build the future of pro lacrosse together.”
Despite having multiple teams before the merger, only one MLL team will join the PLL. All other MLL teams have been shut down.
The PLL will retain their rights to make the teams in the future — if they choose to do so. The team that joins the new league will be Cannons Lacrosse Club, formerly known as the Boston Cannons.
The Cannons Lacrosse Club will have an expansion draft to help them field their team in 2021.
“This merger only benefits the future of the game, for it combines the history of professional lacrosse with an innovative approach that has already accelerated the game’s growth,” MLL Commissioner Sandy Brown said. “Further, the major market commercial opportunities are at their infancy. The runway for a combined effort is robust.”
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