During the summer of 1998, Jake “Body By Jake” Steinfeld was inspired to start a professional outdoor lacrosse league after reading a magazine article about the growth of the sport of lacrosse. Steinfeld sought out a contributor to the article, Owner and President of Warrior Lacrosse Dave Morrow, a leading lacrosse equipment manufacturer, to discuss formation of such a league.
In February 1999 Steinfeld and Morrow joined forces with Steinfeld’s friend and business associate Tim Robertson, Chairman of Bay Shore Enterprises and former CEO of the Family Channel, to form Major League Lacrosse, LLC, a Virginia limited liability company. In 2003, New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. came on board as a Founding Member of Major League Lacrosse, as well as an Anchor Level League Sponsor.
Major League Lacrosse began play in 2001 to capitalize on the growing demand for world-class field lacrosse driven by dramatic growth in the U.S. lacrosse market. The MLL was praised and heralded for its on-field play, regarded as the best ever seen. With a year-on-year attendance increase, Major League Lacrosse has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports.
MLL is comprised of nine teams across the US. The Boston Cannons, Chesapeake Bayhawks (formerly Baltimore and Washington), New York Lizards (formally Long Island) and Rochester Rattlers are original teams starting in 2001. The Denver Outlaws began play in 2006 as part of the League’s western expansion. The Charlotte Hounds and Ohio Machine began play in 2012 as a part of the League's expansion initiative to have 16 teams in the next decade. Continuing the expansion, the Florida Launch began play in 2014. The latest expansion team is the Atlanta Blaze, whose inaugural season was 2016.
Current teams include:
Boston Cannons Florida Launch
Charlotte Hounds New York Lizards
Chesapeake Bayhawks Ohio Machine
Denver Outlaws Rochester Rattlers
Major League Lacrosse boasts the best 230 lacrosse players in the world. They hail from some of the top academic institutions, including Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Duke, and Virginia. MLL icons include Casey Powell, Paul Rabil, Joe Walters, John Grant Jr., Kyle Harrison, Brendan Mundorf, and Brodie Merrill.
The League also features current stars in lacrosse such as Jordan Wolf, Ned Crotty, Rob Pannell, Lyle Thompson, Joey Sankey, Will Manny, Jeremy Sieverts, Marcus Holman, Kevin Rice, and Tom Schreiber.
The 2016 Major League Lacrosse season consisted of a total of 63 regular season games running from April to August with the following league-run special events: The Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft (January 22), MLL All-Star Weekend (July 9), and the MLL Championship Game (August 20). The sixteenth season of MLL action began on April 23, 2016. After one of the most unpredictable seasons, seven of the nine teams were tied for first place with an 8-6 record. After extensive tie-breakers, the Ohio Machine, New York Lizards, Denver Outlaws and Charlotte Hounds advanced to the playoffs. Ohio beat Charlotte in the Semi-Finals while Denver beat New York. The finale between Ohio and Denver ended in an epic showdown, halted by a 90 minute weather delay. After a series of momentum swinging runs, the Outlaws attackman Eric Law scored with just under 13 seconds left to give Denver the advantage and the win. This is the Outlaws' second MLL Championship in a three-year span.
Major League Lacrosse has implemented some innovative dynamics to the traditional game of field lacrosse that bring the sport into the next millennium. MLL rule changes include the addition of a two-point goal line located 16 yards from each goal and a 60-second shot clock.
ANCHOR LEVEL PARTNERS:
New Balance, Warrior Lacrosse and Coca-Cola.
Brine, Cascade, POWERADE, STX, StringKing, Body by Jake Global.
A full range of integrated sponsorship packages are available. Partnerships can include league/team category exclusivity, special events rights, corporate branding on player uniforms, national TV commercial units and in-game TV features, field signage, web site banners, tickets/hospitality, game footage, photo usages, player appearances, customized activation, and cross-promotional programs. For more information contact John O'Leary at
Major League Lacrosse partnered with major regional sports networks, ESPN3 and LAX Sports Network to televise the 2016 MLL season nationally. CBS Sports Network was be the exclusive television provider of the All-Star, Semifinals and Championship Game.
Major League Lacrosse broadcast syndication partners currently consist of:
- Fox Sports Networks Ohio
- Fox Sports Networks South
- Fox Sports Networks Florida
- Fox Sports Networks Arizona
- Fox Sports Networks Midwest
- Fox Sports Networks San Diego
- Fox Sports Networks Southwest Plus
- Fox Sports Networks Prime Ticket
- Comcast SportsNet New England
- Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
- Comcast SportsNet Chicago
- The Comcast Network Mid-Atlantic
- The Comcast Network Philadelphia
- Time Warner Cable New York
- Time Warner Cable Wisconsin
- MSG Network
Please visit your local MLL team for more information on in market television coverage.