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About the NLL

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Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas NLL, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (Fort Worth, TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.

According to recent research, the NLL fan is younger (average age 46) than almost every North American professional sports league. Almost 60% of its fans come from a non-lacrosse fan base, while the general lacrosse fan has become more engaged than at any point in the history of the league. Most importantly, NLL fans are extremely passionate and engaged, with 58% of NLL fans identifying their favorite NLL team as their overall favorite sports team. Focusing on a digital-first strategy, every NLL game is distributed via live stream available on desktop, iOS, Android, and connected devices. The NLL Game of The Week broadcast is also available on Facebook and Twitter, and averaged over 160,000 unique viewers per game in 2019-20.

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Box lacrosse is played inside the confines of an ice hockey rink, with glass and rink boards intact. The playing surface consists of a green dieter turf carpet that is laid down over the hockey ice. Combined, teams score an average of approximately 25 goals per game.

Box lacrosse consists of four quarters, each fifteen minutes in length. A tied game at the end of regulation is decided in a sudden-death overtime. There are no tie games in professional box lacrosse. Each team has five runners (forwards, transition players and defensemen) and a goaltender on the floor during the game. Each team dresses 19 players (17 runners and two goaltenders) per game, and the players rotate on and off the floor in shifts, similar to ice hockey.

Box Lacrosse 101

Click the link below to learn more about box lacrosse. Box Lacrosse 101 goes over the fundamentals of play, rules, terminology, and what to expect when attending a NLL game.

Front Office

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Nick Sakiewicz

Commissioner

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Jessica Berman

Deputy Commissioner & Executive Vice President, Business Affairs

Joel Feld

Executive Vice President, Broadcast & Content

Justin Rubino

Executive Vice President, Business Operations

Brian Lemon

Executive Vice President, Lacrosse Operations

Katie Lavin

Vice President, Marketing, Events, and Communications

Sales/Partnerships

Lacrosse Operations

Marketing and Communications

Business Operations and Team Services

Broadcast and Content

Consultants

Strategic Partners

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