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
Author's Note: There is a LOT of read between the lines info here and I'll put up an attempt at deconstructing this today
via MLL web site
League Restructuring to Focus on Expanding in Strategic Markets. Media Rights Reacquired to Pursue Broader Distribution Deal for Fans, Players and Sponsor
Boston, MA, April 1, 2019 - - As part of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) strategic plan to transform the 19-year property, the league announced that it will restructure to focus on expansion in strategic markets and has reacquired its media rights in an effort to seek a broadcast partner with broader reach for its fans, players and sponsors
MLL ownership unanimously agreed on a strategy which limits one team per owner and will restructure the organization to fo
FLN has learned from multiple sources that Major League Lacrosse will announce a major contraction of the league and that the 3 teams that will be folded are the Ohio Machine, the MLL 2017 Champions, the Charlotte Hounds and the Florida Launch. This is shocking in its’ timing in that the MLL College draft was held only weeks ago, and that was followed by the annual second Supplemental Draft.
The timing of this is very unusual since the Launch have gone through so much effort to relocate from a difficult lease situation at FAU to a facility that greatly reduces cost and gives the team extra revenue opportunities with event planning.
The Ohio Machine situation will carry its’ own stadium issue. Fortress Obetz was built by the city of Obetz, Ohio to be a multi-use facility,
Author's note: Thanks to Commissioner Brown for answering our submitted questions! MLL has undergone a strategic review and is entering its' 19th season, starting in late May, with the Launch opening May 31st at home against the Atlanta Blaze in their new facility at Central Broward Regional Park.
FLN: It’s one year into your position and it certainly has been an adventurous and busy one to say the least. Could you give us a summary of the issues you’ve had to deal with over the course of the year as well as some of the changes we will see this upcoming season?
Commissioner Brown: I had to quickly learn to whole landscape of the league – the teams, the personnel, and the league culture. MLL has had 20 years of history, and I needed to absorb all of that so
via MLL press release
Boston, MA - (February 8, 2019) - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) hosted the 2019 Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade Saturday, March 9 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The Draft was free of charge to attend and featured representatives from every MLL team. Major League Lacrosse streamed the event for the first time in league history, from their website. More than 550 fans, players, league executives, and sponsors attended the event. The Ohio Machine selected Alex Woodall, Towson University’s faceoff specialist, with the first overall pick in the 2019 MLL Draft presented by Cascade.
The other picks, in draft order, were:
via MLL press release
Boston, MA - (February 5, 2019) - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) reviews the 2019 NCAA collegiate senior class and speculates potential draft picks for the 2019 Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade, set to be held on Saturday, March 9 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.
There will be seven rounds in the 2019 MLL Draft presented by Cascade and 63 players will be drafted into MLL. The order in which the nine MLL teams will draft is:
1) Ohio Machine
2) Florida Launch
3) Boston Cannons
4) Atlanta Blaze
5) Charlotte Hounds
6) New York Lizards
7) Chesapeake Bayhawks
8) Dallas Rattlers
9) Denver Outlaws
MLL identified 89 NCAA seniors with a potential of being one of the 63 chos
via MLL press release
It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and the lacrosse community as the Commissioner of Major League Lacrosse. It is hard to believe that I recently passed my one-year anniversary in this role. In the past year I have been most impressed with the unyielding passion for MLL from our owners, partners, players and fans.
The passion around Major League Lacrosse is rooted in a deep and rich history. The blue and green shield has been worn by legends of our game, such as John Grant Jr, Casey Powell, Mark Millon, Michael Watson and Ryan Boyle. It is with paying homage to the past and an eye on the future, that Major League Lacrosse is proud to introduce a new moniker and branding.
In the summer of 2018, we undertook a comprehensive fa...