ESPN, TSN to provide most extensive coverage of NLL entry draft in league history

By TRT Staff with notes from NLL.com

PHILADELPHIA — The National Lacrosse League announced on August 30, 2022, the broadcast coverage plan for the 2022 NLL Entry Draft, which will be held on Saturday, September 10 beginning at 2 p.m. ET at the historic The Carlu in downtown Toronto.

This year’s first round will be available for the first time on TSN.ca and the TSN app in Canada and ESPN+ in the United States, with additional rounds covered in real time on NLL social channels. It marks the most extensive live coverage of the NLL Draft in the league’s history.

“We are proud to be able to work with our North American broadcast partners ESPN and TSN to be able to provide in-depth, wide ranging coverage of the 2022 NLL Draft for the first time,” said NLL Commissioner Brett Frood, who officially assumes the fulltime position on September 1.

“Being able to showcase the personalities of these elite athletes on such a special day to a passionate and engaged fan base is essential to the continued growth of the league and sport. We look forward to utilizing the draft as a catapult to foster authentic and meaningful connections between our players, teams, fans and communities throughout the 2022-23 season and beyond.”

The Las Vegas Desert Dogs, new to the scene, will also see additional players during the league’s entry draft before holding its first training camp in November.

The 2022 NLL Draft coverage will be hosted by Devan Kaney with TSN’s Teddy Jenner and Pat Gregoire providing analysis. TSN’s Ashley Docking will report from the floor of the Draft adding analysis and interviews with the decision makers, influencers and prospects and their families in attendance. The live broadcast starts at 2 p.m. ET and will include a 10-minute pre-show prior to the first pick. Following the conclusion of Round 1 (23 picks), continuing coverage of Rounds 2-6 will be published, in real time, on the league’s social media channels with supporting video.

The Draft will be open to the public, free of charge, with initial seating for up to 200 at The Carlu. More seats may become available as the draft nears. Fans interested in attending can reserve their seat by registering at this link. The NLL Entry Draft was held virtually in 2020 and 2021 following a two-year run at Philadelphia’s Xfinify Live! in 2018 and 2019.

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The Rochester Knighthawks will make the first overall selection in the draft followed by the Las Vegas Desert Dogs making their inaugural selection.

The full first round NLL Entry Draft order, as of August 30, pending pre-Draft transactions, is as follows: Rochester (from Las Vegas), Las Vegas (from Rochester), Vancouver, Albany (from New York), Panther City, Saskatchewan, Albany (from Georgia), New York (from Philadelphia via Albany), Panther City (from Albany via Halifax), Calgary, Georgia (from San Diego), Halifax, Buffalo (from Toronto), Buffalo, Colorado, Las Vegas (additional compensatory selection), Albany (compensatory selection), Las Vegas (from Calgary) (compensatory selection), Buffalo (compensatory selection), Georgia (compensatory selection), Panther City (from Albany) (compensatory selection), San Diego (compensatory selection), and Philadelphia (from Saskatchewan) (compensatory selection).

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