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League To Pause On Expanding To Quebec City

03/21/2002, 11:37am EST
By National Lacrosse League

New York City)--The National Lacrosse League has announced it will not be placing an expansion franchise in Quebec City next season. The League's Board of Governors felt the expected expansion on the West Coast of the United States would not allow the Quebec franchise to come into the League under the best possible circumstances for that franchise and for the fans of Quebec.

The Major Indoor Lacrosse League Incorporated Group (MIL Group) holds the right to activate a League expansion franchise in Quebec City. The group is led by Russ Cline, Governor and President of the Philadelphia Wings. "We feel Quebec is a very viable NLL market," said Cline. "However, the League's priority on expansion is now on the West Coast of the United States. With at least one new franchise anticipated, and possibly more, it would be difficult to add the new West Coast team or teams and Quebec to the League for next season." Commissioner Jim Jennings proposed a delay on the Quebec franchise and any expansion not currently in the U.S. for at least one year. The Board of Governors agreed unanimously.

"Our priority for expansion is now on the West Coast of the United States," said Commissioner Jim Jennings. "The League's goal is to achieve a national level of recognition in both the United States and Canada. We will accomplish this by establishing a major presence on the West Coast of the United States."

The League is currently reviewing several applications for proposed expansion teams to be located in the major West Coast markets of the United States. The thirteen-team NLL includes franchises in Vancouver and Calgary.

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