The Premier Lacrosse League is a few weeks into its inaugural season and a lot of people still do not know what it is, so here is what you need to know about the newest professional lacrosse league.
It was founded by professional lacrosse player Paul Rabil who has previously played in both the National Lacrosse League and in Major League Lacrosse and now plays for the Atlas Lacrosse Club in the PLL. Rabil has a combined 12 all-star game appearances, as well as 2 MVP awards. He started the PLL to help grow the sport, as well as to provide a better professional league for lacrosse players. The PLL has a higher minimum salary than the MLL, its direct competitor. While in the PLL, Rabil was making $6,000 a season and he wanted to allow professional lacrosse players to have a living wage.
The concept of the PLL is different than most professional sports, there are only 6 teams and they are not based out of cities. Instead, the whole league travels from one city to another each week throughout their 14 week season. This allows for maximum exposure for the sport, without having to spread the talent and money too thin with a large number of teams. These teams boast many of the best players in any professional lacrosse league.
The PLL is doing a lot to make the sport more accessible and interesting. The league has made a deal with NBC to show 19 games throughout the season on a variety of their platforms. The league is backed by the Chernin Group, which owns Barstool Sports. Some of what the PLL is doing is actually changing the rules of lacrosse. They have shortened the field to increase the pace of play, they added a two-point line to increase scoring, and they allow fighting which makes it more exciting for the fans.
The Premier Lacrosse League will hopefully be successful and be able to grow the sport of lacrosse across the country. There have been too many lacrosse leagues that have come and gone and it is now time for the sport to stick in the mainstream.