Breaking News: New Jersey Rascals suspend operations until 2013 PLL season

The New Jersey Rascals have decided they are not ready to play the 2012 Professional Lacrosse League season and so will be suspending operations until next fall, according to a press release. “The rest of the league is moving forward and they’re going to continue to play. For the Rascals it was a business decision that had to be made,” said Rascals president Nicholas Desrosiers. He  is also the CEO of DC Sports and Entertainment and has been serving as the Chairman of PLL since league President Brett Vickers left last week.

“With another year to prepare we feel that we will be able to sell a significant number of season tickets which will in turn attract even more community partners and sponsors. We also think it will give the PLL the proper time to find a replacement for its commissioner and create several much-needed business and support functions at the league level,” Desrosiers said in the press release, the full text of which appears at the end of this article.

The three remaining teams are the Jacksonville Bullies, Reading Rockets and Charlotte Copperheads. Desrosiers says he would like to remain as the league chairman and he still believes in PLL’s future.

“My intentions from the beginning were to see this thing through to the right place. Unfortunately, to start the season next week I did not feel this was in the right place. I had to go with my principles there,” Desrosiers said. “But if they would permit me to stay on I would take on the challenge and hope to guide them in the right direction.”

Press Release

D.C. Sports & Entertainment, owners of the New Jersey Rascals of the Professional Lacrosse League, announced today that they have elected to go dormant for the upcoming 2012 season. The Rascals were set to be part of the inaugural season of the Professional Lacrosse League, a four-team indoor lacrosse league.

D.C. Sports & Entertainment CEO and Rascals President Nicholas Desrosiers said, “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the New Jersey Rascals will not be playing this season. We believe it is in the best interest of our fans, the Sun National Bank Center, our corporate partners and sponsors to take another year to explore the many ways that we can build on the great momentum we are seeing in the Mercer County area.”

With the sport of lacrosse currently trending as the fastest growing team sport in the USA, hopes are high that the team will be able to continue to grow its fan base and its community partnerships in preparation for a return in 2013. “With another year to prepare we feel that we will be able to sell a significant number of season tickets which will in turn attract even more community partners and sponsors. We also think it will give the PLL the proper time to find a replacement for its commissioner and create several much-needed business and support functions at the league level” added
Desrosiers.

The team ownership went on to state “we would like to thank the Sun National Bank Center, our followers, and community sponsors and partners for their loyalty to the Rascals over the past two months. We would also like to thank our staff and our players for their hard work and dedication as we look towards a strong successful future within the game,” said Ed Desrosiers, team COO.

Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at stamplax@hotmail.com.

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