Archive for October, 2016

Arena Lacrosse League Players

Posted: October 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

Glorified beer league?


From league website

Junior/Senior and Major players born in 1998 or prior can register for the 2016 Arena Lacrosse League Draft. Canadian and American University players are also eligible.

The cost to play in the ALL is $300 CDN funds and must be paid in full before your name will be entered into the 2016 draft.

Payment can be made through the ALL Store, click the player photo to be taken to the payment page.

Once payment has been paid, please fill out the registration form below and enter in your payment confirmation number and hit the submit button.

Once your payment confirmation number and registration form is confirmed by the ALL you will receive an email confirming your addition to the 2016 ALL Draft List.

Players that do not get signed to an ALL team will be issued a full registration refund.

Players who get a $500 sponsorship will be issued a full registration refund thus playing for free.

Stay tuned to this section for more information.



Arena Lacrosse League

Posted: October 24, 2016 in Arena Lacrosse League

From League website

The Arena Lacrosse League (the ALL), a new winter indoor league with six teams located in Ontario, Canada will begin play Saturday January 7th, 2017 with the Showcase Event, a triple-header of fast paced, action packed lacrosse at the GM Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.

The six founding teams are:

Oshawa – Home Venue – GM Centre

Six Nations – Home Venue – Iroquois Lacrosse Arena

Paris River Wolves – Home Venue – Syl Apps Community Centre

Peterborough Timbermen – Home Venue – TBA

St. Catharines Shock Wave – Home Venue – Iroquois Lacrosse Arena/GM Centre

Toronto Monarchs – Home Venue – GM Centre/Iroquois Lacrosse Arena


The ALL will play under the rules of the NLL where applicable including using 4×4.9 nets. By operating under these rules, players will be able to play in their developed skill set, providing the league to showcase the highest caliber winter league outside of the NLL. Players will also be provided to showcase their individual and team skills in anticipation of a potential “call-up” to the NLL if teams are in need of a replacement player during their season.

The opening weekend Showcase Event will see the following three games:

1:00 PM – St. Catharines Shock Wave vs Paris River Wolves

4:00 PM – Peterborough Timbermen vs Six Nations

7:00 PM – Oshawa vs Toronto Monarchs


Tickets for individual games are $10 adults and $5 Youth & Senior.

Tickets for double/triple headers are $15 adults and $7 Youth & Seni

Link Here

Yes it is back again. Launching in January 2017.  Although the business model seems questionable at best.

The league is for players 18 and older and will use National Lacrosse League rules with the hope of one day becoming the NLL’s official minor league.

Small step in the right direction.

Players will pay a registration fee. It will make them more invested and ease some pressure of relying on gate receipts and sponsorship to cover costs, said St. John. They are looking at a $10 ticket price.

Yeah good luck with that. The talent level in the league might be on equal to a low level minor league. 

The league will own all six franchises, also based in Oshawa, Paris, Six Nations, St. Catharines and Toronto. Games will be played at three, possibly four, venues with double- and triple-headers to cut costs.

This is a smart business move.

Overall we will give it less than five seasons. Before the arena league joins the grave yard of dead sports leagues. 

We finally found the article, Dam pay walls. 🙂

SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global

By Adam Stern, Staff Writer G+Published

As many of his peers have taken end-of-summer vacations, National Lacrosse League Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz continues to crisscross the country almost incessantly for work. “I’m a little jealous,” said a tongue-in-cheek Sakiewicz, who has been on the job — and on the move — since January.

Sakiewicz has embarked on a five-year plan to boost the relevance and revenue of the 30-year-old indoor lacrosse league, which has strong Canadian roots but is less prominent in the U.S. than the outdoor version. On the to-do list: Expand the number of franchises substantially from the current nine; build a digital platform; create a team services group; assemble a commercial sales group after previously working with an outside agency; and form a grassroots lacrosse program. The NLL is also evaluating selling a title or presenting sponsorship for the first time. The effort by the league, which says it averaged about 10,000 fans a game this past season, will cost owners eight figures over five years, its most expensive single initiative ever. But Sakiewicz said his plan wasn’t a hard sell to league ownership, which includes pro team owners Stan Kroenke, Terry Pegula and Calgary Sports & Entertainment.

“They never had a focused or sustained strategic plan over these 30 years, and the league has basically survived on the merits of the strength of the product,” said Sakiewicz, who succeeded George Daniel as league commissioner after 20 years with MLS and several of its teams. “So going into this, we sort of stepped back and said, ‘What do we need to do here, and what are the basics we need to put in place that we did at MLS and other leagues have done to grow their sport?’”

The NLL plays its season in the winter and spring and has been around since the mid-1980s. Some of its players also play in rival Major League Lacrosse, a nine-team summer league that began play in 2001 and consists entirely of U.S. franchises.


Making over the NLL
Sakiewicz’s key moves since taking over:
Hired executives in the COO, CMO and CRO roles
Moved league office from New York City to Philadelphia
Brought on agencies in Inner Circle Sports, Claygate Advisors and Brownstein Group
Instituted a five-year, eight-figure plan to advance league
Began building out a new digital network

The NLL has brought aboard investment advisers Inner Circle Sports to develop expansion models and identify key target markets that could join the league’s five U.S. locations and four in Canada. Sakiewicz said the league has discussions going on in more than 20 markets, including five in Canada, and sees the league eventually growing to about 20 teams. Based off of Inner Circle’s work and the locations in which it’s having discussions, potential markets include Florida, Charlotte, Virginia/Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Chicago and Detroit.

“Are there 20 markets for which an NLL team could draw 8,000 people? I think there’s room for growth in that league,” said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of U.S. Lacrosse, which is working on a new alliance with the NLL since Sakiewicz came aboard after years of not having a relationship with the league. “I think 20 is an aggressive figure, but based off [Sakiewicz’s] enthusiasm and experience, I think he’s going to have great success in that regard.”  Sakiewicz said while there are no hard deadlines, the league would like to add a couple of teams in 2018, two more in 2020 and two more in 2022. Sakiewicz, who said the league’s most recent expansion teams have paid expansion fees in the low seven figures, expects the next three new franchises to pay a $3 million fee.  “Our teams are making money,” Sakiewicz said. “We have a lot of teams in our league who are making a significant amount of money, and that’s value.” Sakiewicz, who also wants to eventually pay players year-round to play in the league exclusively, said more than half of the league’s nine teams are annually profitable.

The NLL, which has streamed its games on plus the streaming services of ESPN, Fox Sports and TSN, has enlisted veteran sports media executive David Sternberg, principal of Claygate Advisors, to help guide the league through its media decisions. Sternberg said he and the league are about halfway through their evaluation, and expect to make a decision in the coming months, given the directive to have something in place for the start of the 2017 season in January.  Sakiewicz predicted that the league will end up with both an over-the-top streaming service and a traditional TV presence. Sternberg said on top of linear networks and streaming platforms, the league is also in talks with telecommunications carriers, whom he declined to identify, for its media rights.

“As we look at how to distribute the league’s content going forward, we’re looking for partners … who are willing to really invest alongside of us and take a longer-term journey to build this sport’s visibility, awareness and popularity,” said Sternberg. He said the league suffered in the past from doing shorter-term deals with networks that “didn’t have very much skin in the game.”  In anticipation of having a stronger digital presence, the NLL is building a studio at the training center of the Toronto Rock, where two new full-time staff members will produce content such as highlight reels and studio shows for NLL Productions. The league is working with the Brownstein Group on the digital network, as well as on public relations and social media strategy.

The league has relocated from New York City to Philadelphia where it’s sub-leased new office space and can be centrally located among lacrosse hotbeds in the mid-Atlantic. In June of 2018, the league plans to move into its own customized space in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex area.

The league has brought several other key executives on board to help carry out the plan, including Chief Operating Officer Dave Rowan, Chief Marketing Officer Ashley Dabb and Chief Revenue Officer Kevin Morgan. Rowan was Sakiewicz’s former right-hand man at the MLS’s Philadelphia Union, Dabb has long had a presence in Philadelphia and used to work for the Union, and Morgan came to the league after having run his own sales and consulting firm for a decade. Morgan will build the league’s new commercial sales platform that will oversee marketing partnerships. Steve Govett, president and general manager of the Colorado Mammoth, said Sakiewicz is the right person to lead the charge.

“He’s an executioner — he makes stuff happen,” said Govett, who is also chairman of the board of governors of the league, which he added is profitable. “For a league that’s had a stability and stagnancy for a number of years, we need to move the needle, and Nick … has already started to move the needle. This guy’s getting stuff done.”

Nick Sakiewicz presents the NLL trophy to the Saskatchewan Rush’s Chris Corbeil in June.

Stealth / Black Wolves Trade

Posted: October 13, 2016 in Uncategorized


Stealth send face off  guy Mitch McMichael for goaltender Tye Belanger. Good deal for the Stealth. As it brings stability to the crease for the Stealth. Black Wolves better hope Kirk does not falter.


Posted: October 7, 2016 in NLL, Uncategorized

Would you pay 49.95 for 85 regular season games of NLL action? Absolutely freaking not.


  • On floor product is boring.
  • Season is too long

There is no reason to put money down on a product. That for all intent and purposes puts us to sleep. Nick and his crew need to fix the on floor product. To make it must see TV. Not the run up and down floor, lack of physical play. That passes for an NLL game now.

Hey Nick, go look at some old Major Indoor Lacrosse League game tapes. You just might notice what the current product is missing.