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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Major League Lacrosse News

Could the MLL be moving to the Great White North? The latest rumors indicate that a team could be playing in Toronto at BMO Field as early as next season (2009). BMO was built specifically for Toronto FC of Major League Soccer and was the first stadium to be sold out on its opening day in 2007.

Toronto is currently home to the Rock of the National Lacrosse League. While owned and operated by different entities, the two teams would work together for marketing and ticket packages. Unifying the professional lacrosse teams in a city as large as Toronto would strengthen both franchises.

The MLL operated Philadelphia Barrage are said to be the team heading north. Last year, the Barrage played their entire schedule on the road. These games served to test potential expansion and relocation sites as MLL searches for a nationwide audience.

In other news, rumors persist that the 2008 MLL Champion Rochester Rattlers will move to Orlando, Florida soon. The New Jersey Pride are said to be moving west, most likely to Portland, Oregon. With the economy the way it is, MLL's plan to add two more expansion teams by 2010 seems to be on hold. For now, the league will have to be content with achieving balance via relocation.

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