HAMILTON — Back in September of 2018, Bloomberg reported that Paul Rabil would be launching a new professional lacrosse league with its inaugural season debut on June 1, which includes a six-team and 14-week tour-based schedule taking place in 12 “major-market cities.”
The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced on Thursday, April 18 that the league will play regular season games at the Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario on August 17th and 18th, making Hamilton the first international city announced by PLL and the eleventh tour location released.
“The PLL proudly boasts a lineup of the game’s best Canadian players, ranging from established legends like Brodie Merrill to up and coming stars like Josh Byrne and Joel Tinney,” said Paul Rabil, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer to the PLL Press. “I’ve had the pleasure of playing in major cities throughout Canada during my career and these experiences have been nothing short of spectacular. Additionally, Hamilton’s proximity to Toronto and Buffalo – two established lacrosse markets will encourage lacrosse fans throughout each region to come watch exciting, high-stakes competition, wrapped around a world-class fan experience.”
All PLL games will be presented live by NBC Sports Group, including two games on NBC and 17 games on NBC Sports. The rest of the games will be available on NBC Sports Gold, a subscription over-the-top service. The PLL championship game in September is one of the games that will be broadcast on NBC’s flagship — with the potential to reach nearly 120 million homes.
“As the exclusive home of the PLL, we’ll super-serve fans across the country by utilizing all of our unprecedented assets to drive awareness to this exciting new league. NBC Sports has a long and successful history of growing emerging sports into powerhouses, and we’re excited by this new opportunity,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming for NBC Sports