NLL on B.C.: ‘It is a market that ranks at or near the top of our expansion plans’

The Dec. 8 exhibition in Langley didn't draw a huge crowd, but the enthusiasm for the NLL is evident. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
The Dec. 8 exhibition in Langley didn't draw a huge crowd, but the enthusiasm for the NLL is evident. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Attendance for the National Lacrosse League’s exhibition game in Langley, B.C., may not have been what was desired, but it didn’t stop NLL commissioner George Daniel from counting out the Lower Mainland as a future home for an NLL team. Daniel told the Langley Times it was impressive to see 2 out-of-market teams draw the reported 4,112 for the Dec. 8 game between Colorado and Calgary at Langley Events Centre. Daniel then went on record again, expressing the NLL’s desire to have a team in B.C. “It is a market that ranks at or near the top of our expansion plans,” he told the Times. “It is a market that is critical for us in terms of television and sponsorship in Canada.” The smaller size of the LEC works against it, but Daniel says it doesn’t count it out. “We have an open mind about the building,” he said. “If someone can demonstrate there is a business model that can work for them, we would listen.”

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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