Premier Lacrosse League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2022 Premier Lacrosse League
Premier Lacrosse League logo.svg
SportField lacrosse
Founded2018
FounderMike Rabil and Paul Rabil
Inaugural season2019
No. of teams8
Countries United States
 Canada
HeadquartersEl Segundo, California
Most recent
champion(s)
Chaos LC
(1st title)
Most titlesWhipsnakes LC
(2 titles)
TV partner(s)ESPN
ABC
ESPN2
ESPN+
Official websitepremierlacrosseleague.com

Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) is an American professional field lacrosse league. The league's inaugural season debuted on June 1, 2019, and included a 14-week tour-based schedule taking place in 12 major-market cities.[1] The league was founded by the American professional lacrosse player Paul Rabil and his brother Mike Rabil. Investors include The Chernin Group, The Raine Group and Joe Tsai.[2]

About

In September 2018, Bloomberg reported that Paul Rabil would be launching a new professional lacrosse league. The PLL would be a direct competitor to the more established Major League Lacrosse. The new league will provide professional lacrosse players with salaries, health care, and league equity.[3]

The league's media model radically differs from that of most North American professional sports leagues. A 2018 Sports Illustrated story on the then-prospective league pointed out that LeBron James' Instagram account "features virtually no clips of him playing basketball—those are the property of the NBA, meaning its owners." By contrast, the PLL open-sources its highlights, allowing players to freely use them to build their own personal brands. Additionally, PLL operates a full-time studio that produces other player-centered content.[4]

The PLL features eight teams, each with a 26-player roster. As opposed to tying teams to a specific market, the league tours 12 different "major market cities". The season includes 14 weeks, comprising 10 regular-season weekends, 1 all-star weekend, and 3 playoff weekends, running from June 1 through September 21, assuring there is no overlap with the NCAA Lacrosse or National Lacrosse League seasons.[5]

By October 2018, 140 players had been signed by the PLL. Of the 140 players are 86 All-Americans, 25 members of the U.S. national team, and 10 former Tewaaraton Award winners.[6][7] By December the league had signed 17 additional players.[8]

Draft

For the League's inaugural season, the PLL had the 6 founding teams draft a player in each of the 4 rounds. For the first round there was a random draw and the reverse the order every round. Archers had the first draft pick in the newly formed league, taking Pat Spencer making him the first player ever drafted in the PLL.[citation needed]

Media and business partners

Further information: Premier Lacrosse League on television

The league had an exclusive media rights agreement with NBC Sports Group,[9][10] until 2022, when the league signed a new media rights deal with ESPN.

The IMG Academy is the official Preseason Training Facility.[11] Adidas is the exclusive footwear and apparel brand.[12] Capital One Bank will be the official bank sponsor for the entire PLL and the jersey patch sponsor for the Atlas LC.[13] In February 2020, Ticketmaster signed a deal with the PLL to become the official ticket sales company of the league, as well as having their name added to the league's name, making it "Premier Lacrosse League Powered by Ticketmaster".[14] The PLL has an exclusive partnership with DraftKings, covering betting on the league's matches.[15] The league also partners with Gatorade, as the beverage company acts as one of the league's founding sponsors.[16] On July 22, 2021, HEX Performance was named the 'official laundry partner' of the PLL.[17]

Teams

Team Joined Head Coach
Archers Lacrosse Club 2019 Chris Bates
Atlas Lacrosse Club Ben Rubeor
Cannons Lacrosse Club 2021 Sean Quirk
Chaos Lacrosse Club 2019 Andy Towers
Chrome Lacrosse Club Tim Soudan
Redwoods Lacrosse Club Nat St. Laurent
Waterdogs Lacrosse Club 2020 Andy Copelan
Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club 2019 Jim Stagnitta

Expansion

PLL Progression
Year Teams Games played
2019 6 teams 10 games
2020 7 teams group play
2021 8 teams 9 games
2022 10 games

2020

The addition of the Waterdogs Lacrosse Club, a seventh team for the 2020 season, allows for natural bye weeks to occur for each team throughout the season. Paul Rabil first hinted at expansion in a post game interview after the 2019 Championship game and on January 1, 2020 the Premier Lacrosse League announced the Waterdogs identity.[18] An expansion draft took place on February 12 and an entry draft occurred on March 16 to build the new roster with veteran players.[19]

2021

On December 16, 2020 it was announced that the PLL and MLL had merged under the banner of the PLL. The PLL would add the Boston Cannons for the 2021 season, rebranded as the Cannons Lacrosse Club, to bring the total PLL teams to eight.[20] Small tweaks to the former Boston Cannons branding resulted in a PLL crest and logo reveal on January 12, 2021.[21]

Championship history

Season Date Champions Score Runner-up Venue Location Attendance Game MVP
2019 September 21 Whipsnakes LC 12–11 (OT) Redwoods LC Talen Energy Stadium Chester, PA 12,556 Matt Rambo
2020 August 9 Whipsnakes LC 12–6 Chaos LC Zions Bank Stadium Herriman, Utah No fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic Zed Williams
2021 September 19 Chaos LC 14-9 Whipsnakes LC Audi Field Washington, D.C. 16,322 +\- Blaze Riorden

Active Awards

Jim Brown Most Valuable Player

Year Player Team Position
2019 Matt Rambo Whipsnakes LC Attack
2020 Zed Williams Whipsnakes LC Attack
2021 Blaze Riorden Chaos LC Goalie

Eamon McEneaney Attackman of the Year

Year Player Team
2019 Matt Rambo Whipsnakes LC
2020 Zed Williams Whipsnakes LC
2021 Grant Ament Archers LC

Gait Brothers Midfielder of the Year

Year Player Team
2019 Tom Schreiber Archers LC
2020 Tom Schreiber Archers LC
2021 Zach Currier Waterdogs LC

Dave Pietramala Defensive Player of the Year

Year Player Team
2019 Jarrod Neumann Chaos LC
2020 Matt Dunn Whipsnakes LC
2021 Graeme Hossack Archers LC

Brodie Merrill Long Stick Midfielder of the Year

Year Player Team
2019 Michael Ehrhardt Whipsnakes LC
2020 Michael Ehrhardt Whipsnakes LC
2021 Michael Ehrhardt Whipsnakes LC

Paul Cantabene Faceoff Athlete of the Year

Year Player Team
2019 Trevor Baptiste Atlas LC
2020 Joe Nardella Whipsnakes LC
2021 Trevor Baptiste Atlas LC

George Boiardi Short Stick Midfielder of the Year

Year Player Team
2019 Dominique Alexander Archers LC
2020 Ty Warner Whipsnakes LC
2021 Danny Logan Atlas LC

Oren Lyons Goalie of the Year

Year Player Team
2019 Blaze Riorden Chaos LC
2020 Blaze Riorden Chaos LC
2021 Blaze Riorden Chaos LC

Rookie of the Year

Year Player Team Position
2019 Tim Troutner Redwoods LC Goalie
2021 Jeff Teat Atlas LC Attack

Dick Edell Coach of the Year

Year Coach Team
2019 Andy Towers Chaos LC
2021 Andy Copelan Waterdogs LC

Jimmy Regan Teammate of the Year

Year Player Team Position
2019 Mark Glicini Chaos LC Midfield
2021 Jack Kelly Redwoods LC Goalie

Brendan Looney Leadership Award

Year Player Team Position
2019 Kyle Harrison Redwoods LC Midfield
2021 Kyle Harrison Redwoods LC Midfield

Dave Huntley Sportsmanship Award

Year Player Team Position
2019 Connor Farrell Chrome LC Faceoff
2021 Eric Law Atlas LC Attack

Welles Crowther Humanitarian Award

Year Player Team Position
2019 Scott Ratliff Archers LC Long-stick midfield
2021 Lyle Thompson Cannons LC Attack

Hall of Fame

On February 15, 2022, the Premier Lacrosse League announced the inaugural class of the Professional Lacrosse Hall of Fame. In order to be eligible for selection, a player must:

The inaugural class was:[22]

Attack

Midfield

Defense

Goaltender

Specialist

References

  1. ^ DaSilva, Matt (October 22, 2018). "Paul Rabil's Premier Lacrosse League Launches". US Lacrosse Magazine.
  2. ^ Soshnick, Scott (February 12, 2019). "Rabil's Lacrosse League Gets Investment From Alibaba Billionaire". Bloomberg. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Soshnick, Scott; Boudway, Ira (October 22, 2018). "Wall Street's Lacrosse Fraternity Backs Rabil's New League". Bloomberg. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Reiter, Ben (November 16, 2018). "Can a New Barnstorming, Player-Centric Lacrosse League Serve as a Template for Other Sports?". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "NBC Sports Group, Paul Rabil launch Premier Lacrosse League" (Press release). NBC Sports. October 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Premier Lacrosse League Announces 140-Plus Player List". Inside Lacrosse (Press release). October 22, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Jastrzembski, Chris (October 22, 2018). "Premier Lacrosse League introduced: Players, media deal, funding all announced". College Crosse. SB Nation. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "PLL Announces 17 Additional Players to League Roster". Inside Lacrosse (Press release). December 6, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "New Pro Lacrosse League". Barstool Sports. September 25, 2018. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  10. ^ Foy, Terry (October 22, 2018). "PLL Announcement". Baltimore Business Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "IMG Academy Named Official Preseason Training Facility of Premier Lacrosse League". Premier Lacrosse League (Press release). April 9, 2019.
  12. ^ "adidas & Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announce groundbreaking partnership" (Press release). Adidas. April 10, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "Premier Lacrosse League announces Capital One as league's Official Business Banking Partner". Premier Lacrosse League (Press release). June 7, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  14. ^ Soshnik, Scott (February 27, 2020). "Premier Lacrosse League Adds Ticketmaster Name in Rights Deal". Bloomberg.
  15. ^ "Premier Lacrosse League & DraftKings Announce Sports Betting Partnership for PLL Championship Series". Premier Lacrosse League. July 16, 2020. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  16. ^ @premierlacrosse (August 12, 2019). "We Are Excited to Formally Announce Gatorade as a Founding Partner of the Premier Lacrosse League! As the Leader in Sports Fuel, Gatorade Will Provide PLL Athletes with a Portfolio of Products to Provide Fuel, Hydration and Recovery to Play Their Best on Game Day" (Tweet). Retrieved February 27, 2021 – via Twitter.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "HEX Performance Named the Official Laundry Partner of the Premier Lacrosse League". July 8, 2021.
  18. ^ Pickman, Ben (January 1, 2020). "How the PLL Developed Its First Expansion Team, Waterdogs Lacrosse Club". Sports Illustrated.
  19. ^ DeJohn, Kenny (March 16, 2020). "Premier Lacrosse League Entry Draft Results". US Lacrosse Magazine.
  20. ^ Turner, Nick (December 16, 2020). "Premier Lacrosse League Merging With Rival in Bid to Unify Sport". Bloomberg News. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  21. ^ "Premier Lacrosse League Unveils New Logo, Branding for Cannons LC". US Lacrosse Magazine. January 12, 2021.
  22. ^ "PLL Announces Inaugural Class of Professional Lacrosse Hall of Fame". www.usalaxmagazine.com. Retrieved March 20, 2022.