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National Lacrosse League 30th Season on TSN; League Looking for New Commissioner

During his tenure, Daniel helped form a seven-year collective bargaining agreement with players, negotiated television agreements with TSN in Canada, ESPN in the States, as well as other networks.


The start of the 30th anniversary season for the National Lacrosse League is just days away, and while the ball is ready to drop on the regular season schedule, the League is looking for a new Commissioner to oversee the special activities.

In its commemoration of three decades of pro box lacrosse, the League is unveiling its 30th Anniversary Team as voted on by members of the media. There are 18 games per team in the 81-game season, which begins Friday, January 1 with the Colorado Mammoth hosting the Georgia Swarm while the defending NLL champion Saskatchewan Rush visit the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday, January 2 as part of the opening weekend,

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George Daniel is stepping down as National Lacrosse League commissioner, a position he has held since January 2009.

But George Daniel will be watching from a slightly different vantage point – he announced Tuesday he is stepping down as NLL commissioner, a position he has held since January 2009.

He will continue as commissioner until a successor is announced, after which he will serve the NLL as counsel to the league. Daniel will form a new law firm with sports lawyers Bob Lanza and Tom Reich.

“I am looking forward to maintaining my relationship with the NLL in the capacity as counsel for the foreseeable future,” Daniel said in a statement.

During his tenure, Daniel helped form a seven-year collective bargaining agreement with players, negotiated television agreements with TSN in Canada, ESPN in the States, as well as other networks.

In Canada, sports specialty TV service TSN carries NLL game coverage, as do the TSN Go website and mobile apps. The NLL also has an agreement with The Lacrosse Network, a partnered YouTube channel, to host video streaming of highlights and game coverage (most games are available online after the live TV sportscast; some are streamed live).

The League also added important corporate partnerships, including New Era and Under Armour, on his watch, and new arenas are opening this season to host games.

“It has been an honour and pleasure serving as NLL Commissioner. I feel that this is the right time for a change for me personally and professionally to explore other opportunities,” Daniel added. “The NLL is now in a great place and positioned for tremendous growth in the near future.”

Four teams play home openers in Week 2 on Saturday, January 9, including the East Division champion Toronto Rock visiting the Georgia Swarm for the first-ever NLL game at Infinite Energy Center, along with the Calgary Roughnecks at Buffalo Bandits, Colorado Mammoth at Rochester Knighthawks and New England Black Wolves at Vancouver Stealth.

Three more home openers are set for Week 3 with the Rochester Knighthawks at Toronto Rock on Thursday, January 14 plus the Calgary Roughnecks at New England Black Wolves and Vancouver Stealth at Saskatchewan Rush to open the team’s inaugural season at SaskTel Centre on Friday, January 15.

Week 13 features a home-and-home rematch of the 2015 NLL Champion’s Cup Finals as the Toronto Rock hosts the Saskatchewan Rush on Friday, March 25 before the weekend series shifts to Saskatoon on Saturday, March 26.

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The National Lacrosse League is marking its 30th anniversary season.

The 2016 NLL regular season concludes in Week 18 with every team in action before the 2016 NLL Playoffs start the weekend of May 6 – 8, 2016.

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NLL on TSN – Announced 2016 TV Schedule

DATE TIME (ET/PT) MATCH-UP NETWORK
Saturday, January 2 9pm/6pm Saskatchewan at Calgary TSN3
Saturday, January 30 9pm/6pm Vancouver at Calgary TSN5
Thursday, February 11 9:30pm/6:30pm Saskatchewan at Colorado TSN2
Saturday, February 27 5pm/2pm Vancouver at Colorado TSN2
Sunday, March 13 3pm/Noon Vancouver at Toronto TSN2
Friday, March 25 7pm/4pm Saskatchewan at Toronto TSN2
Friday, April 15 9:30pm/6:30pm Saskatchewan at Colorado TSN3
Saturday, April 23 9pm/6pm Toronto at Colorado TSN4
Friday, April 29 9:30pm/6:30pm Vancouver at Colorado TSN3

 

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