Major League Lacrosse (future league)

The Major League Lacrosse Association is a proposed league to be formed from the MLL by the Hite Corporation under a $500 million dollar investment. It will be similar in style and structure to the National Football League besides the game itself that is to be played. The season will start the first week of May and go for 17 weeks, usually ending near Labor Day weekend. The playoffs will last through September and will commence at the Steinfield Cup in October. It will be based off a large expansion of the field lacrosse sport played by the current MLL. It will also spur a potential expansion of the box lacrosse league to play after the outdoor lacrosse season ends.

After a 17 week season, the top eight teams from each division will play in their respective divisions until the two leagues meet at the last game. Games will normally be played Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The MLL will be a non-profit at the corporate level and each team will be a for-profit corporation. Each team is allowed to have 25 players, although only 21 players are allowed at each game. There are four official positions and each game will consist of 5 players per position plus 1 goalie. The extras are to replace those who are taken out of the game. The games will be played at large outdoor stadiums, with the majority of teams being in the Northeast, Canada, and the West, where the sport is most popular.

The league corporate structure is not going to be taxed, but the individual teams are subject to taxation.

The season consists of a 4 week preseason in May, a 17 week season in June, July, August, and September, and a 4 week postseason in October. The season structure is similar to the NFL structure in terms of determining games. The pre and post seasons are similar as well, albeit without the wild card teams. There will also be special games in the season such as the all-star game.

The MLL is planned to have huge television contracts and will have similar blackout policies to the NFL. It will also be streamed online and will also be on radio. There are also drafts that will be planned after the end of the regular seasons that coincide well with recruits from academia. There will also be a designated pool of free agents. There are also planned to be farm and minor league teams. The possibility exists to also have a fantasy league for people to interact with the league itself.

Proposed Teams and Stadiums.

Eastern League

Northeast

  1. Halifax Mariners,Huskies Stadium
  2. Montreal Rustlers, Percival Molson Stadium
  3. Boston Cannons, Gillette Stadium
  4. New York City Lizards, MetLife Stadium

Northwest

  1. Toronto Expos, Rogers Centre
  2. Hamilton Nationals, Tim Horton’s Field
  3. Detroit Pride, Ford Field
  4. Cincinnati Machine, Paul Brown Stadium

Southeast

  1. Pittsburgh Rattlers, Heinz Field
  2. Philadelphia Barrage, Lincoln Financial Field
  3. Charlotte Hounds, Bank of America Stadium
  4. Miami Launch, Sun Life Stadium

Southwest

  1. Baltimore Bayhawks, M&T Bank Stadium
  2. Atlanta Maroons, Georgia Dome
  3. Tampa Golden Seals, Raymond James Stadium
  4. Memphis Bulldogs, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

Western League

Northeast

  1. Winnipeg Thrashers, Investors Group Field
  2. Regina Blues, Mosaic Stadium
  3. Chicago Machine, Soldier Field
  4. Minneapolis Stars, TCF Bank Stadium

Northwest

  1. Calgary Tigers, McMahon Stadium
  2. Vancouver Wanderers, BC Place
  3. Portland Eagles, Providence Park
  4. San Francisco Dragons, Levi’s Stadium

Southeast

  1. Houston Scouts, NRG Stadium
  2. Dallas Flames, AT&T Stadium
  3. St. Louis Stallions, Edward Jones Dome
  4. Denver Outlaws, Sports Authority Field

Southwest

  1. C-City Crush, Hite Olympic Stadium
  2. Los Angeles Riptide, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  3. Phoenix Rattlers, University of Phoenix Stadium
  4. San Diego Warriors, Qualcomm Stadium