The National Lacrosse League (NLL) today announced that CNN/Sports Illustrated will be the League's national broadcast partner for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.
CNN/SI will broadcast 23 games throughout each season, including 17 "Game of the Week" broadcasts, the NLL All-Star Game and all five playoff games, including the NLL Championship Game in April of 2002.
"This is an exciting announcement for the National Lacrosse League and for our thirteen member teams," said Jim Jennings, Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League. "For sixteen years the NLL has provided its fans with one of the fastest and most exciting indoor sports in the world. CNN/SI is a terrific partner and we look forward to an exciting season. This agreement certainly brings our league to the next level."
The agreement includes 17 regular season games, the All-Star Game and all five playoff games, to be broadcast and aired live, primarily on Saturday evenings for each of the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. Terms of the two-year agreement were not announced. The League expects to announce its national
television broadcast partner in Canada in the coming days.
"We are thrilled to add the NLL to our growing lineup of sports-event programming," said Steve Robinson, executive vice president of CNN/Sports Illustrated. "The NLL is an exciting and competitive sports league and willmake for compelling sports television."
The NLL Game of the Week on CNN/SI Broadcast Schedule will be released shortly.
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The National Lacrosse League is North America's professional indoor lacrosse league. The NLL plays a sixteen-game regular season schedule in thirteen of North America's top markets. The League's membership consists of the Philadelphia Wings, Toronto Rock, New York Saints, New Jersey Storm, Washington Power, Buffalo Bandits, Montreal Express, Vancouver Ravens, Ottawa Rebel, Calgary Roughnecks, Rochester Knighthawks, Albany Attack and the Columbus Landsharks. The teams play in the same state-of-the-art facilities used by the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association, including the Continental Arena, Air Canada Centre, HSBC Arena, the First Union Center and the Molson Centre.