On the Women's side, ESPN is playing 5 straight college games, starting at 2:00pm:
NCAA WOMEN'S LACROSSE
Syracuse vs. Maryland (Championship) (W Lacrosse)
North Carolina vs. Maryland (Championship) (W Lacrosse)
Boston College vs. Maryland (Championship) (W Lacrosse)
Boston College vs. James Madison (Championship) (W Lacrosse)
#2 Boston College vs. #1 Maryland (Championship) (W Lacrosse)
I believe those are the last 5 NCAA title games.
And on ESPN+, 2 MLL games in their 9-day tournament:
MAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE
4:00 PM Philadelphia Barrage vs. Boston Cannons
7:00 PM Denver Outlaws vs. New York Lizards
Two stories from Florida bred players that occurred during our hiatus. One started well and one ended well.
High Point graduate Griff Caligiuri joined a select few Florida products by being drafted by the Boston Cannons in the recent MLL College Draft. Unfortunately, Griff does not appear on the final roster for the 8-day tournament (he is the only defender on the 5-person reserve list, so there is a possibility he gets the call), which worked against him, since experience seemed to be in bigger demand among MLL rosters for this format. My past history of covering the league would have indicated that Griff would have likely gotten more consideration and a likely roster spot at some point in a normal calendar season, as most college draftees do. I hope he circles back to the league nex...
Author's Note: Below is the press release covering how the MLL will complete their 8-day, 6-team championship. There are a couple of Florida stories that were part of the recent MLL transactions and history and I'll follow this story with a separate one covering the two Florida kids.
There are going to be games broadcast on ESPN so look to media sources to find your MLL fix!
Annapolis to Host MLL's 20th Anniversary Season
Boston, MA - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced today the updated 2020 regular season schedule. This season, beginning July 18th, will be played entirely in the city of Annapolis, Maryland. The season will be one-week long and will host all six MLL teams. The week will conclude with a final-four playoff, crowning the 2020 MLL champion the wee...
Note, we'll also update on the MLL efforts too.
There is a video to watch at the link, which is HERE
The Premiere Lacrosse League changed their format this year for the current economic and social realities and have come up with a single-location 2 week format for the now 7-team league to play.
There will be a group play to determine seeding and th #1 seed will receive the only Bye into the Semifinals.
How It Works
The league's seven teams will compete in a fourteen-game group play format to determine seeding for the following week’s single-elimination tournament.
July 25th - August 2nd
All 7 teams will each play 4 games - matchups will be drawn randomly in Jun...
Author's Note: Here's an update on what has happened since the MLL made the decision to suspend operations for the Launch, the Ohio machine and the Charlotte Hounds. We all hope a potential owner will step up and bring MLL back to the area. I have not heard any indications at this point that South Florida is anywhere on the radar for the new PLL. If this turns out to be it for the long run, there's PLENTY of people I need to acknowledge and thank for their efforts over the years. I will probably miss a few and apologize for that in advance.
Brian Clinton always had my back on doing what I needed to do. Heather Huntemann was just as helpful over the years and always fun to talk to. The rest of the front office staff never hesitated to help FLN do their jobs. I'll miss tal...
I decided to take a deconstruction effort at the announcement this morning from MLL about the restructuring of the league . . . this is solely my opinion and analysis, not FLN's per se.
When you look at this press release in its’ entirety there are some interesting speculations to make:
Clearly, this is a grab of control from the old guard of the league to the new guard. The founding fathers of Jim Davis, Jake Steinfeld, Dave Morrow and Dave Gross have had their final decision-making authority taken away (Morrow pretty much no longer has been active anyhow but Dave Gross, in particular, is the most affected in my opinion). Jim Davis has been a God-send over the years financially. The number of the amount of money he personally sank into the league is staggering, to...
I received this in my email this morning and I assume it went to all recipients on the Florida Launch email list:
I would like to update you on some meaningful developments in MLL.
On Friday, March 22, our MLL team owners met in Boston to discuss the growth of our league. The meeting produced two important outcomes.
First, the owners agreed to adopt a one team, one owner strategy.
Second, effective immediately, MLL has reacquired all linear, digital and social media rights.
The impact of these decisions will lay a path for growth for the league not felt since MLL’s inception almost 20 years ago. At the same time, there will be a reorganization of the MLL team structure.
The new structure to which I refer, will mean that certain teams will be ...