Premier Lacrosse League announces names, logos for its 6 teams

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Premier Lacrosse League announced names and logos Tuesday of the six teams that will launch the league’s inaugural season in June.

The Archers, Atlas, Chaos, Chrome, Redwoods and Whipsnakes gives the league team names that focused on topography and mythology, rather than nomenclature that focuses on a particular city or region.

League co-founder Paul Rabil detailed the meaning behind each of the teams (read more here), including some of the legal hurdles PLL had to clear first.

Premier Lacrosse League — which has an exclusive media agreement with NBC Sports — starts its season on June 1 and will feature a 14-week, 12-city season, culminating in a Sept. 21 championship.

Read more about the league here.

 

Premier Lacrosse League announces coaches, rosters for all six teams

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Premier Lacrosse League announced on Monday the coaches and players on each of the six teams.

The league’s inaugural season with begin in June and will feature a 14-week, 12-city season, culminating in a Sept. 21 championship.

Here is a breakdown of every team by position:

WHIPSNAKES 

Coaches: Jim Stagnitta, Mike Murphy, Brian Grady

Attack: Matt Rambo, Ben Reeves, Jules Heningburg, Ryan Drenner, Jay Carlson, Dylan Maltz

Midfield: Drew Snider, Mike Chanenchuk, Connor Kelly, Joe Locascio, Kevin Cooper, Jeremy Sieverts, Tim Rotanz, Jake Bernhardt, Tyler Warner, Jeff Reynolds,

Defense: Matt Dunn, Tim Muller, Bryce Young, Brett Schmidt, Foster Huggins, Mike Ehrhardt, Dylan O’Shaughnessy

Faceoff: Joe Nardella, Charlie Raffa

Goalies: Kyle Bernlohr, Dan Morris

REDWOODS

Coaches: Nat St. Laurent, Dom Marzano, Todd MacFarlane

Attack: Dylan Molloy, Matt Kavanagh, Kylor Bellestri, Joey Sankey,  Mike Bocklet, Chazz Woodson

Midfield: Joe Walters, Peter Baum, Kyle Harrison, Sergio Perkovic, Brent Adams, Sergio Salcido, Jojo Marasco, Jack Near, Patrick Harbeson, Nick Ossello

Defense: Matt Landis, Garrett Epple, Eddy Glazener, Larken Kemp, Alec Tulett, Brian Karalunas, John Sexton

Faceoff: Greg Gurenlian, Brent Hiken

Goalies: Jack Kelly, Gunnar Waldt

ATLAS

Coaches: John Paul, Jason Lamb, Chris Kolon

Attack: Eric Law, Kieran McArdle, Ryan Brown, Chris Cloutier, James Pannell, Shack Stanwick

Midfield: Paul Rabil, Connor Buczek, Joel Tinney, John Crawley, Pat Young, Steven Brooks, Andrew Hodgson,  Kevin Unterstein, Steven Denapoli, Jake Richard, Tal Bruno

Defense: Tucker Durkin, Callum Robinson, Austin Pifani, Ryan Flanagan, Tim Semisch, Kyle Hartzell, Mike Simon

Faceoff: Trevor Baptiste, Chris Mattes

Goalies: Scott Rodgers, Jack Concannon

CHAOS

Coaches: Andy Towers, Ryan Curtis, Matt Pannetta

Attack: Josh Byrne, Curtis Dickson, Austin Staats, Connor Fields, Miles Thompson, Joe Resitarits

Midfield: Myles Jones, Deemer Class, Jake Froccaro, Dhane Smith,  Kevin Buchanan, Kyle McClancy, Jeremy Thompson, Brad Self, Tyson Bell, Mark Glicini, Patrick Resch

Defense: Matt Rees, Jarrod Nuemann, James Barclay, Dan Coates, Billy Dee Smith, Brodie Merrill, Troy Reh

Faceoff: Thomas Kelly

Goalies: Charlie Cipriano, Blaze Riorden

CHROME

Coaches: Dom Starsia, Bob Deegan, John Walker

Attack: Jordan Wolf, Justin Guterding, Ty Thompson, Connor Cannizzaro, Callum Crawford, Chris Bocklet

Midfield: Matt Danowski, Ned Crotty, Wes Berg, Jordan MacIntosh, John Ranagan, Romar Dennis, Jovan Miller, Will Haus, Mike O’Neil, Justin Turri

Defense: Mike Manley, BJ Grill, Brandon Mullins, John Lade, Joel White, Luke Duprey, John Moderski

Faceoff: Drew Simoneau, Brendan Fowler

Goalies: John Galloway, Brett Queener

ARCHERS

Coaches: Chris Bates, Tony Resch, Brian Kavanagh

Attack: Kevin Rice, Marcus Holman, Will Manny, Christian Cuccinello, Davey Emala, Ryan Ambler

Midfield: Tom Schreiber, Ian Mackay, Ben McIntosh, Daniel Eipp, Austin Sims, Joe McCallion, Mark McNeill, Dominique Alexander, Tyler Pfister, Nick Tintle

Defense: Matt McMahon, Jackson Place, Goran Murray, Steven Waldeck, Mike Noone, Scott Ratliff, Evan Connell

Faceoff: Stephen Kelly, Jerry Ragonese

Goalies: Drew Adams, Adam Ghitelman

Read more about the Premier Lacrosse League here.

NBC Sports Group, Paul Rabil launch Premier Lacrosse League

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NEW YORK (Oct. 22, 2018) – The Premier Lacrosse League today announced its entrance in the sports world, bringing fast-paced action, the world’s top players, unprecedented access to the game for fans in venue and at home, and a unique tour-based model to professional lacrosse. Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) will deliver what the lacrosse community has been seeking: a true home for the sport with the best players, a strong business model, significant financial support, national media coverage through an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group, and a unique touring structure that will better serve players and fans.

Premier Lacrosse League, which is co-founded by the sport’s most high-profile player and personality, Paul Rabil, along with his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, will provide players with full-time wages, equity in PLL, and benefits – becoming the first major North American professional team sports league that offers equity to the players.

“Ever since I fell in love with the game I dreamed of being a professional athlete on the sport’s biggest stage,” said Paul Rabil, co-founder and CSO of Premier Lacrosse League. “We’re building a professional sports league that lacrosse deserves. The best players in the world will be showcased like never before, thanks to a unique touring model, a robust media-rights partnership, and player content strategy. Additionally, our players will be owners in the PLL, contributing to the build, competition, and ultimate success of the league. This is a product that aligns a league and the players like never before, serving a passionate fan base that deserves access to the sport nationwide, at state-of-the-art venues, and on screens everywhere.”

The inaugural 2019 Premier Lacrosse League season will get underway on June 1st – beginning a 14-week season, with stops in 12 major-market cities across the country. The PLL season will include 10 regular-season weekends, one all-star weekend and two playoff weekends, concluding with the championship weekend on September 21st.

Most impactful for the growth of the league and the sport of lacrosse, will be that all leagues games – from the regular season and all-star game through the PLL championship – will be presented live across NBC Sports Group’s broadcast, cable, digital, and direct-to-consumer platforms.

“We are excited to partner with the world’s greatest lacrosse player, Paul Rabil, and his brother Michael on this innovative and revolutionary new league,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports.

“As the exclusive home of the PLL, we’ll super-serve fans across the country by utilizing all of our unprecedented assets to drive awareness to this exciting new league. NBC Sports has a long and successful history of growing emerging sports into powerhouses, and we’re excited by this new opportunity.”

Added Rabil: “NBC Sports is synonymous with great storytelling, best-in-class production, and utilizing all of its platforms and assets to deliver record-setting viewership. We could not be more thrilled to have them as our exclusive partner as we launch our revolutionary league.”

NBC Sports will present 17 games on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), and two on NBC, all of which will also be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product powered by Playmaker Media – will live stream 20 games exclusively for its subscribers. More details about this offering will be announced at a later date.

“This is a complete and immersive way to capture the passion and excitement of the lacrosse community and sports fans everywhere,” said Mike Rabil, the league’s co-founder and CEO. “With our terrific partners, dedicated investors, partnership with NBC Sports, and incredibly talented executive team, lacrosse is about to get a league befitting of the rabid enthusiasm the sport has always enjoyed.”

Among the first-of-its-kind ways PLL will approach the sport, will be a new touring model approach, designed to optimize exposure for the league, and introduce the game’s top stars to new markets and cities from coast to coast. With six teams comprised of 20 players competing each weekend, the Premier Lacrosse League will descend upon each market for a weekend, providing fans with three games on the field, unprecedented and innovative access, as well as a fan festival, and other interactive opportunities.

“This is a revolutionary model, which will place the PLL at the forefront of the next evolution in professional team sports,” said Kyle Harrison, world-class professional lacrosse player and the Premier Lacrosse League’s Director of Player Relations. “What Mike and Paul have established with this league is going to have a tremendous impact on players’ ability to be rewarded for the sport they love, as well as the overall continued development of the game and professional sports as a whole.”

Additionally, in support of its launch, the PLL has secured the financial backing of world-class investors and entertainment groups, including The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), The Chernin Group, and Blum Capital.

As part of this investment, the PLL has established a first-of-its-kind equity model for the league’s players to participate in the long-term growth and success of the league. Players will be personally invested in the league’s growth – an environment in which the league’s owners and players are completely aligned. In addition, players will receive a season-long, salary-based compensation structure and health care coverage, all of which are unprecedented benefits in today’s professional lacrosse leagues.

About the Premier Lacrosse League

The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) brings the sport of lacrosse to a national stage for the first time through a tour-based model, complete with the best players the sport has to offer. Co-founded by lacrosse superstar, philanthropist, and investor Paul Rabil and his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, the Premier Lacrosse League is backed by an investment group comprised of The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), The Chernin Group, and Blum Capital. The PLL season will begin in June 2019, with six teams, embarking on a 14-week season that concludes with a playoff and PLL championship game. The PLL season will be distributed through an exclusive media-rights agreement with NBC Sports Group. For more information, visit PremierLacrosseLeague.com, and follow on social media:

Instagram: @PLL

Twitter: @PremierLacrosse

Facebook: @PremierLacrosseLeague

YouTube: YouTube.com/PLL