(Photo: Dallas Rattlers/MLL)
On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that the Dallas Rattlers ownership has transitioned to Major League Lacrosse (MLL) from New Balance Inc.
Prior to the announcement from the league, Kyle Devitte of Inside Lacrosse reported that the Rattlers had shut down their front office operations.
In a statement, MLL commissioner Sandy Brown said that this move is part of the restructuring that the league went under back in the spring. That restructuring saw the league reduce to six teams as the Florida Launch and Ohio Machine ceased operations and the Charlotte Hounds be put on hiatus. This move limited an owner to just a single team and also helped them reacquired all media rights.
New Balance owner and chairman Jim Davis has given up all of his share in the MLL with losing the Machine, Launch, Hounds, and now the Rattlers. According to the league, they will continue to operate the team and are currently in discussions with new ownership candidates.
The Dallas Rattlers went 7-9 last season, finishing in fifth place (second to last) and missing the playoffs. The Rattlers were relocated from Rochester to Dallas prior to the 2018 season and made it to the MLL championship game in 2018.