For the last 18 years, Major League Lacrosse sought to become, and then established itself as the pinnacle of the sport. That mission has not changed.
Through the dedication and investment of our ownership group, whose combined assets are in excess of $9 billion, MLL has established footholds in nine lacrosse communities across the country. The Boston Cannons, the New York Lizards, the Chesapeake Bayhawks, the Charlotte Hounds, the Atlanta Blaze, the Florida Launch, the Ohio Machine, the Denver Outlaws, and the Dallas Rattlers have proven their dedication to serving their communities.
We have been a steady and valuable partner to brands such as the Walt Disney Company, New Balance/Warrior, the Coca-Cola Company, Anheuser Busch, Nissan, JW Marriott, Cascade/Maverik and Chick-fil-A, to name a few. And MLL maintains senior leadership from within the league that hails from the likes of the NBA, NFL, MLB, the PGA Tour, Nielsen, ESPN, Fox, the Coca-Cola Company, Visa, etc.
This year, under new leadership and with a vision for the future of our sport, MLL ownership unanimously approved a 51 percent increase in the league salary cap for our players, the addition of more players to the game day roster, an extended schedule that now runs from June through the month of September, a major leaguewide rebranding campaign, the creation of more league events, and the development of a robust digital content infrastructure for players, fans, and leaguewide partners. Equally as important, the league was party this year to a newly formed partnership with ESPN/ESPN+.
Further, MLL will feature 2018 league MVP Rob Pannell, Lyle Thompson, Colin Heacock, Zach Currier, Max Adler, Liam Byrnes and the more than 120 other players who have signed with their respective teams for the 2019 season.
For more than 18 years, MLL has been, and always will be, a proud member of the lacrosse community. As such, we cannot say that division of resources and fans are in its best interests. MLL has established a strong foundation for professional lacrosse, and it will continue to build on its accomplishments for many years to come.