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Former NLL goalie Mike Thompson helps launch Thompson Lacrosse Company

T19 Sports, located on the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, and former professional and international lacrosse star Mike Thompson have announced the formation of the Thompson Lacrosse Company. Uniting the team behind T19 Sports and Thompson, the Thompson Lacrosse Company— also known as Thompson Lacrosse — represents more than 75 years of experience in lacrosse, with family roots extending back hundreds of years to the earliest traces of the game as it was originally played by the Iroquois people. In the coming months, Thompson Lacrosse will introduce the i6, a one-of-a-kind, universal-spec plastic lacrosse head, and a new online source for hand-made traditional wood lacrosse sticks, custom stick stringing and more. READ MORE »


National Lacrosse League (NLL) still Stealth Launching Franchises

The LEC was filled to just 56% capacity for the franchise's second home NLL game in Langley. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
The LEC was filled to just 56% capacity for the franchise's second home NLL game in Langley. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Editor’s note: Steve is a marketing professional in the Vancouver area who applied to work for the Stealth last summer. He worked with the Vancouver Ravens in the past and played minor lacrosse with some Vancouver players.

He has promoted sporting events in Abbotsford, at the Richmond Olympic Oval, Rogers Arena and BC Place, and also worked with the NHL Vancouver Canucks, Sport BC, Canada Basketball and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The last major sporting event he helped to promote drew 25,000 fans into BC Place.

When the New York Titans moved to Orlando and the San Jose Stealth relocated to Washington for the 2010 National Lacrosse League (NLL) season, I was skeptical either franchise would last. Neither did. In fact, the Orlando experiment lasted just one season and – despite making it to the finale in three of four years – Washington’s attendance was always weak in the city of Everett, averaging just 4,038 fans per home game before deciding to pull the plug and move to ‘Vancouver’.

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New labor deal paints rosy NLL future

NLL boss George Daniel says the league's stability is key for future growth. (Photo: Dave Abel)
NLL boss George Daniel says the league's stability is key for future growth. (Photo: Dave Abel)

There is a lot of optimism as the 2014 National Lacrosse League season dawns, and the start of play is only part of the reason. “Clearly, the new CBA gives us a different story to tell,” Commissioner George Daniel told The Buffalo News. “It’s a better story, a better deal for management.” Smaller rosters, expanded regular season and playoffs. It’s all part of the new NLL, but what has Daniel and other league suits excited is the newfound stability spurred on by the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement. “It’s never easy, but we had some really good discussions,” Daniel said. “The players themselves participated in the bargaining sessions. They were very professional. We listened and they listened … The system is working — so far, so good.” The 2014 season begins tomorrow night with 3 games, and a lot more confidence in the future of the league.


Has the United States Lacrosse League figured out how to get it right?


The United States Lacrosse League is rising like the Phoenix from the ashes of the North American Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse League. The new loop, planning to start play with its inaugural season in the fall of 2014, is determined to learn from both the successes and the mistakes of the two failed leagues that preceded it in attempting to grow a US-based professional lacrosse league that gives American players a place to develop in the box game, says the USLL’s Commissioner, Anthony Chase.

You’ll recall Chase as the owner of the Kentucky Stickhorses, the only team that survived the acrimonious split in the original NALL to make a first season happen. Granted, it was what the league called an “invitational season” in which the Stickhorses played all the league’s games at home against a variety of opponents. But, as Chase points out, his club was successful on and off the floor in the two years that the NALL ran. And now Chase sees error in his ways in sticking to a winter season (games ran January through April). READ MORE »


Can NLL fill unexpected void for TSN?

The talk in every Canadian work place break room last week was either on the four federal by-elections or, seemingly more important, the TSN/NHL TV fallout. The $5.2 billion 12-year deal sees TSN, arguably Canada’s largest sports network, without the rights to broadcast NHL games starting in 2014. This will leave a huge hole in TSN’s broadcasting schedule that now needs to be filled. TSN still retains the rights to NBA, IIHF World Juniors and a variety of curling events, but it will have some difficulty maintaining a full-time sports card without broadcasting the World Series of Backgammon (look it up, it is a real thing). For the National Lacrosse League, this is what opportunity smells like. READ MORE »


Under Armour Named Exclusive Gear, Apparel Supplier of NLL

NEW YORK – The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is proud to announce Under Armour (NYSE:UA) as the league’s new exclusive supplier of performance apparel, footwear & equipment through the 2016 season. NLL players will proudly compete in the new Under Armour® apparel and equipment when the 2014 season begins on December 28.

Under Armour will provide NLL athletes with state-of-the-art performance training apparel, baselayer and footwear including the UA Micro G® Gridiron training shoes. Additionally, players will be some of the first to compete with custom Under Armour Charge Gloves and new Under Armour Charge 2 lacrosse heads. READ MORE »


Sick Pocket Lacrosse takes unique approach

The Sick Pocket. (Photo: Provided)
The Sick Pocket. (Photo: Provided)

To play lacrosse, you’ve got to have more than a stick. And it’s got to be more than just a stick that works. It’s got to be a stick that works for you. That’s an issue that Jeff Klodzen, a former National Lacrosse League player in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, says he can solve. Sick Pocket Lax is the venture of Klodzen, who strings heads with his unique pocket for anyone who sends him one. “I came up with this centered design,” said the man people call Clyde in a story that originally appeared at ILGear.com. “It holds the ball well and it releases it faster. And, it’s really easy to adjust.” The pocket has a traditional look but uses just 3 leathers instead of 4. He’s got orders from NCAA players and, obviously, is hoping the business grows. It’s said that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Stick stringing is that passion for Clyde. “It’s something I’ve been doing for so long, it’s second nature,” he said. To see Clyde’s work, or place an order, check it out at SickPocketLacrosse.com.


New Era Partners with National Lacrosse League

New Era will be the exclusive cap provider for the NLL.
New Era will be the exclusive cap provider for the NLL.

New Era, the international lifestyle brand rooted in sports, announces the addition of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) to its sports headwear collections. The agreement with NLL makes New Era the league’s exclusive cap supplier. The agreement also provides the NLL with retail distribution at select New Era outlets. The two-year agreement includes 2014 & 2015 NLL seasons.

“The NLL is proud to join the NFL and Major League Baseball in offering New Era as our official cap,” said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. “Our fans are sure to be thrilled with the dynamic styles and selections that New Era offers.” READ MORE »


NLL and PLPA officially announce new CBA

The National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association have officially announced that they have reached a new seven-year Collective Bargaining Agreement that will be in effect starting in the 2014 season and running through the 2020 season. There are no real surprises in the announced agreement, with most of its elements already having been widely reported. Highlights of the agreement include the following.

Player rosters are reduced from 23 to 20
Teams will dress 18 players in games, rather than the previous 20
Practice rosters will be increased from three players to four
The regular season will be lengthened from 16 to 18 games
Minnesota moves from the West Division to the East
The playoffs will be expanded so that the conference finals and Champions Cup will be a two-game series with a 10-minute mini-game to decide the winner if the two games are split
The age for free agency will be reduced from 32 to 30
Veteran players 34 year of age or older will be able to reject the Franchise Player designation and become free agents
There will be a salary cap of $400,000 per team, with luxury tax payments accruing for anything over that amount

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Commissioner George Daniel talks about new playoff format


The National Lacrosse League has confirmed to IL Indoor the details of the new playoff format that IL Indoor first announced in a story last week. Commissioner George Daniel has confirmed that the Minnesota Swarm will move to the East Division, that starting in 2014 only six teams instead of eight will make the playoffs, and that the division finals and the Champions Cup final will be two-game series with a 10-minute mini game tiebreaker if the two games are split.

Daniel said the league has received substantial feedback from players and fans on social media sites and via email and that the response has been mixed. He says players by and large prefer the idea of having fewer teams make the playoffs and having more playoff games. Most concerns are with the 10-minute tiebreaker game, which some feel is not an appropriate way to conclude a series for the league championship.

The problem with the most obvious alternative—a best of three series—is that being a weekend league makes it extremely difficult to manage such an arrangement. “It’s the travel, it’s the logistics,” Daniel said. “What’s going to happen the first time one semi-final is a sweep and the other goes to three games. Now you’ve got a team sitting out a week.” Trying to play two games at one site in one weekend, to avoid having to go to a third weekend, is also not viable because of logistical issues, Daniel added. So the league’s board of governors thought long and hard and decided that this was the best next step for the league. READ MORE »