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...
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...