Premier Lacrosse League announces PLL Championship Series

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The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announces the return of world-class lacrosse with the launch of the PLL Championship Series, a two-week quarantined and fanless tournament scheduled to run from July 25th-August 9th.

The PLL Championship Series will take place in two parts. Throughout the first week, 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. The winner of the tournament will be crowned the 2020 PLL Champion.

All 20 league games will be presented live across NBC, NBCSN, or NBC Sports Gold, with all televised games also streaming live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

To guarantee the safety of tournament participants and staff, the PLL has formed a COVID-19 Medical Committee that will consist of multiple physicians, including infectious disease experts. Throughout the duration of the tournament, the PLL will implement regular COVID-19 preventative measures and restrict all travel in and out of the selected location (venue TBA at a later date).

“Last month, we made the tough yet necessary decision to postpone our 2020 season to ensure the well-being of our players and fans,” says PLL Co-Founder and Atlas LC midfielder Paul Rabil. “With the support of our investors, sponsors, and our fantastic broadcast partner, NBC Sports, we are delighted to officially unveil the PLL Championship Series. This summer, fans will witness the game’s best players compete for the ultimate prize in an exciting, yet most importantly, safe format. We’ve brought in respected medical experts as the health of our players is of utmost importance.”

“The Premier Lacrosse League is excited to be a leader in the return of pro sports this July. Although we’ve pivoted our originally scheduled season to a fully quarantined, fanless model, our PLL Championship Series will bring sports fans an innovative and thrilling experience that only the best players in the world can provide. It’s taken a village of top-notch executives to develop.”

The PLL’s 2020 league season was originally scheduled to start on May 29th in Foxborough, MA., but was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are excited to partner with the PLL to broadcast the innovative PLL Championship Series this summer,” says Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “With our numerous broadcast, cable, digital, and OTT platforms, we are able to present the entirety of this unique tournament, including 20 games in just 16 days, and allow fans to get their fix of the best lacrosse in the world.”

The Premier Lacrosse League is comprised of seven teams: Archers, Atlas, Chaos, Chrome, Redwoods, the expansion Waterdogs, and the reigning champion Whipsnakes.

Fans awaiting the PLL Championship Series can stream every action-packed game from the 2019 inaugural season with free access to the NBC Sports Gold Premier Lacrosse League Pass through May 31, 2020. Click here for more information.

2021 PLL Championships: How to watch the Whipsnakes vs Chaos today on NBC

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The 2021 PLL Championships take place this Sunday, September 19 as the Whipsnakes take on the Chaos at Audi Field in Washington D.C. Live coverage begins at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. The streaming platform is available across a variety of devices, see the full list here.

The two teams actually met in last year’s final, but it was the Whipsnakes that emerged victorious with a 12-6 win. In fact, the Whipsnakes are the only PLL club to have won a championship title since the league’s formation in 2018 and could potentially make history with a three-peat. It’s been nearly two decades since a team within the four major North American pro sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) has won three titles in a row. The last major team to do so was the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-2002).

Sunday’s match-up marks the third straight year that the Chaos and Whipsnakes are meeting in the postseason. In addition to playing in last year’s Championship game, the two clubs met in the first round of the 2019 playoffs, which resulted in a 15-7 Whips victory.

This season, the Chaos finished sixth in the league with a 4-5 record, defeating the Archers 13-10 in the quarterfinals, and the Atlas 15-9 in the semis. With a 5-4 record, the Whipsnakes finished fifth in the league, defeating the Redwoods in the quarterfinals (14-13) and the Waterdogs 14-10 in the semis to clinch their spot in the final.

See below for additional information on how to watch the 2021 PLL Championships.

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How to watch the 2021 Premier Lacrosse League on Peacock: Live stream, full schedule, and more

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The 2021 Premier Lacrosse League season opens up this weekend, June 4-6, at Gillette Stadium with five exciting games.

First, on Friday, June 4, the Cannons LC will make their league debut when they take on the Redwoods LC at 7 p.m. On Saturday, June 5, at 5 p.m. ET, the defending champion Whipsnakes LC will take on the Chaos LC in a rematch of last year’s Championship followed by a match-up between the Archers LC and Atlas LC at 7:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon will feature another doubleheader as the Waterdogs LC face the Cannons LC at 1 p.m. and then Chrome LC will face off against the Redwoods LC at 3:45 p.m. to close the weekend.

Peacock will stream all 44 PLL matchups this year, which sets an NBC Sports record for the most-ever professional lacrosse game coverage in a season. See below for the full 2021 Premier Lacrosse League schedule with additional information on how to watch every game.

2021 Premier Lacrosse League Schedule:

DATE GAME TIME (ET) VENUE NETWORK/PLATFORM
Fri., June 4 Cannons LC at Redwoods LC 7 p.m. Gillette Stadium Peacock
Sat., June 5 Whipsnakes LC at Chaos LC 5 p.m. Gillette Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Archers LC at Atlas LC 7:45 p.m. Gillette Stadium Peacock
Sun., June 6 Waterdogs LC at Cannons LC 1 p.m. Gillette Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Chrome LC at Redwoods LC 3:45 p.m. Gillette Stadium Peacock
Fri., June 11 Chaos LC at Waterdogs LC 7 p.m. Fifth Third Bank Stadium Peacock
Sat., June 12 Whipsnakes LC at Cannons LC Noon Fifth Third Bank Stadium NBC, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Redwoods LC at Atlas LC 3 p.m. Fifth Third Bank Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Sun., June 13 Chrome LC at Waterdogs LC 1 p.m. Fifth Third Bank Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Chaos LC at Archers LC 3:45 p.m. Fifth Third Bank Stadium Peacock
Fri., June 25 Whipsnakes LC at Atlas LC 8 p.m. Homewood Field NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Sat., June 26 Redwoods LC at Chaos LC 5:15 p.m. Homewood Field Peacock
Waterdogs LC at Archers LC 8 p.m. Homewood Field NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Sun., June 27 Cannons LC at Atlas LC Noon Homewood Field Peacock
Chrome LC at Whipsnakes LC 2:45 p.m. Homewood Field Peacock
Fri., July 2 Archers LC at Chrome LC 7 p.m. James M. Shuart Stadium Peacock
Sat., July 3 Redwoods LC at Waterdogs LC Noon James M. Shuart Stadium NBC, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Cannons LC at Chaos LC 3 p.m. James M. Shuart Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Sun., July 4 Chrome LC at Atlas LC 12:15 p.m. James M. Shuart Stadium Peacock
Whipsnakes LC at Archers LC 3 p.m. James M. Shuart Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Fri., July 9 Waterdogs LC at Cannons LC 8 p.m. TCO Stadium Peacock
Sat., July 10 Redwoods LC at Whipsnakes LC 6 p.m. TCO Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Atlas LC at Chaos LC 8:45 p.m. TCO Stadium Peacock
Sun., July 11 Chrome LC at Waterdogs LC 5:45 p.m. TCO Stadium Peacock
Cannons LC at Archers LC 8:30 p.m. TCO Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Sun., July 18 All Star Game 7 p.m. PayPal Park NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
All Star Skills 9:30 p.m. PayPal Park Peacock
Fri., July 30 Atlas LC at Chrome LC 9 p.m. Weidner Field Peacock
Sat., July 31 Archers LC at Redwoods LC 7:15 p.m. Weidner Field Peacock
Waterdogs LC at Whipsnakes LC 10 p.m. Weidner Field Peacock
Sun., Aug. 1 Chaos LC at Chrome LC 2 p.m. Weidner Field Peacock
Atlas LC at Cannons LC 4:45 p.m. Weidner Field Peacock
Fri., Aug. 13 Redwoods LC at Whipsnakes LC 6 p.m. Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium Peacock
Archers LC at Chaos LC 8:30 p.m. Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app

 

Sat., Aug. 14 Atlas LC at Waterdogs LC 4:15 p.m. Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium Peacock
Cannons LC at Chrome LC 7 p.m. Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app

 

Sun., Aug. 15 Chaos LC at Redwoods LC 2 p.m. Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app

 

Archers LC at Whipsnakes LC 4:45 p.m. Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium Peacock
Fri., Aug. 20 Playoffs: Quarterfinals 8:30 p.m. Rio Tinto Stadium Peacock
Sat., Aug. 21 Playoffs: Quarterfinals 2:30 p.m. Rio Tinto Stadium NBC, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Playoffs: Quarterfinals 6 p.m. Rio Tinto Stadium NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Fri., Sept. 10 Playoffs: Semifinals 6 p.m. Subaru Park NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Playoffs: Semifinals 8:30 p.m. Subaru Park NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Sun., Sept. 19 Championship Noon Audi Field NBC, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app