by Scott Soshnick
The Premier Lacrosse League’s launch in 2019 prompted many associated with the sport to ask whether there was enough support from financial linchpins like sponsors and ticket-buying fans to sustain two outdoor leagues.
The answer, it seems, is no.
To that end, the PLL and Major League Lacrosse, founded about two decades ago, are merging. The move consolidates outdoor lacrosse into a single entity that will operate under the banner of the Premier Lacrosse League, whose financial backers include billionaire Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai, The Raine Group and Creative Artists Agency.
Co-founded by lacrosse star Paul Rabil and his brother, Michael, the league’s chief executive, the PLL benefits from a media contract with NBC. The network not only broadcasts the PLL across its platforms but also promotes the league throughout its coverage of other sports properties, including the NFL and NHL.
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