Premier Lacrosse League
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. 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.
|Founded||2018 by Mike Rabil and Paul Rabil|
|No. of teams||7|
|Countries||United States, Canada|
|Headquarters||El Segundo, California|
|Most titles||Whipsnakes LC|
|TV partner(s)||NBC Sports Group|
|2020 PLL season|
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.
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.
The PLL features seven 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.
PLL's rules are the same as MLL, including the shot clock & golden goal periods.
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. By December the league had signed 17 additional players.
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.
Media and business partnersEdit
The IMG Academy is the official Preseason Training Facility. Adidas is the exclusive footwear and apparel brand. Capital One Bank will be the official bank sponsor for the entire PLL and the jersey patch sponsor for the Atlas LC. 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”.
|Archers Lacrosse Club||2019||Chris Bates|
|Atlas Lacrosse Club||Ben Rubeor|
|Chaos Lacrosse Club||Andy Towers|
|Chrome Lacrosse Club||Tim Soudan|
|Redwoods Lacrosse Club||Nat St. Laurent|
|Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club||Jim Stagnitta|
|Waterdogs Lacrosse Club||2020||Andy Copelan|
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. An expansion draft took place on February 12 and an entry draft occurred on March 16 to build the new roster with veteran players.
|2019||Whipsnakes LC||12–11 (OT)||Redwoods LC||Talen Energy Stadium||Chester, PA||12,556||Matt Rambo|
|2020||Whipsnakes LC||12–6||Chaos LC||Zions Bank Stadium||Herriman, Utah||No fans due to COVID-19 pandemic||Zed Williams|
|2019||Matt Rambo||Whipsnakes LC||Attack|
|2020||Zed Williams||Whipsnakes LC||Attack|
Eamon McEneaney Attackman of the YearEdit
|2019||Matt Rambo||Whipsnakes LC|
|2020||Zed Williams||Whipsnakes LC|
Gait Brothers Midfielder of the YearEdit
|2019||Tom Schreiber||Archers LC|
|2020||Tom Schreiber||Archers LC|
Dave Pietramala Defensive Player of the YearEdit
|2019||Jarrod Neumann||Chaos LC|
|2020||Matt Dunn||Whipsnakes LC|
Brodie Merrill Long Stick Midfielder of the YearEdit
|2019||Michael Ehrhardt||Whipsnakes LC|
|2020||Michael Ehrhardt||Whipsnakes LC|
Paul Cantabene Faceoff Athlete of the YearEdit
|2019||Trevor Baptiste||Atlas LC|
|2020||Joe Nardella||Whipsnakes LC|
George Boiardi Short Stick Midfielder of the YearEdit
|2019||Dominique Alexander||Archers LC|
|2020||Ty Warner||Whipsnakes LC|
Oren Lyons Goalie of the YearEdit
|2019||Blaze Riorden||Chaos LC|
|2020||Blaze Riorden||Chaos LC|
Rookie of the YearEdit
|2019||Tim Troutner||Redwoods LC||Goalie|
Dick Edell Coach of the YearEdit
|2019||Andy Towers||Chaos LC|
Jimmy Regan Teammate of the YearEdit
|2019||Mark Glicini||Chaos LC||Midfield|
Brendan Looney Leadership AwardEdit
|2019||Kyle Harrison||Redwoods LC||Midfield|
Dave Huntley Sportsmanship AwardEdit
|2019||Connor Farrell||Chrome LC||Faceoff|
Welles Crowther Humanitarian AwardEdit
|2019||Scott Ratliff||Archers LC||Long-stick midfield|
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- "Premier Lacrosse League announces Capital One as league's Official Business Banking Partner". June 7, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
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