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NLL Introduces Two New Broadcast Initiatives Ahead of Playoffs

NLL Playoffs Pre-Game Live and NLL Wired will commence May 3-5; NLL Finals broadcast teams announced

Philadelphia, April 11, 2019 – The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest men’s professional league has announced that it will be adding a new pregame show called NLL Playoffs Pre-Game LIVE and will be expanding NLL Wired to include the 2019 NLL Playoffs.

NLL Playoffs Pre-Game LIVE will be a 10 minute commercial-free pregame show before every playoff game. Coverage will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the game and will be available on B/R Live to subscribers and will be simulcast to the NLL’s social channels viaFacebook Live and Twitter

Following the first-season success of NLL Wired, the league has added live audio of the head referee to capture conversations between the crew chief, other referees, players and coaches on the broadcast. In addition, audio between the crew chief and the replay operator will be broadcast live during coaches’ challenges.

“The NLL strives to be a fan-focused, innovative leader in digital broadcast production. Adding both a pre-game show and expanding ourNLL Wired initiative on B/R Live for the playoffs is an example of our commitment to improving the fan viewing experience with ground-breaking technologies and in line with the league’s digital first approach,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “Our fans are some of the most passionate in all of sports and we will continue to be a sports industry league leader by providing them with incredible behind the scenes content exclusively reserved for players, coaches and officials, up until now. NLL Playoffs Pre-Game LIVE and NLL Wired will be very exciting and compelling playoff entertainment.”

NLL Playoffs Pre-Game LIVE will originate from the host team arena and will feature analysis and commentary on the game and news from around the league. This is the first time a pre-game show will be airing ahead of NLL games on B/R Live.

“The new pregame show and the expansion of NLL Wired are two examples of how far our league has come with our digital broadcast production,” said NLL VP, Broadcasting Joel Feld. “This season, we unlocked the sounds of the game in select broadcasts by ‘mic-ing’ the referee and taking viewers inside the replay booth to hear live the decision process of a replay challenge. We are pushing access even further, letting the fan hear the referees when they engage with the players and coaches during live game action.”

The NLL has also announced its national broadcast teams for the NLL Finals.

Currently in his first season as New England Black Wolves announcer, Brendan Glasheen will provide play-by-play with Toronto Rock color commentator Brian Shanahan as the analyst in his 17th year calling the NLL Finals for the games hosted by the East Division winner.

Colorado Mammoth announcer and 6-year NLL veteran Teddy Jenner will provide play-by-play along with Vancouver Warriors color commentator Brad Challoner as the analyst for the games hosted by the West Division winner.

Toronto Rock floor reporter Ashley Docking will provide insight as the sideline reporter for all games during the NLL Finals.

The NLL Playoffs begin with the first round on the weekend of May 3-5 followed by a one game series for the Division Finals on the weekend of May 10-12. The East and West Division winners will then play a best two-of-three game series in the NLL Finals beginning the weekend of May 17-19. The highest remaining seed will host games one and three, if necessary.

All NLL Playoff and Finals games will be streamed on B/R Live in the United States and Canada.

B/R Live is available by downloading the B/R Live app through iTunes or Google Play; and/or via Apple TV, the Roku platform and Amazon Fire TV.

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About the National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional box lacrosse league. 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 13 franchises across the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, New England Black Wolves, New York Riptide, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors. For more information, visitNLL.com and find the NLL on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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