(Photo Courtesy of Atlanta Blaze/MLL)
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) is currently undergoing some major changes ahead of the 2020 season, the league’s 20th in existence.
The biggest change is the league restructuring their ownership model. The league will now operate as a single-entity ownership, meaning that the league will operate all six teams. Multiple sources have confirmed the new business model to Lacrosse Bucket and Bill Wagner of the Annapolis Capital Gazette also reported the news on Monday night.
MLL’s decision to operate as a single-entity ownership was officially made at a league meeting on Friday. According to the Annapolis Capital Gazette, that decision was the driving force behind Brendan Kelly ceding his ownership of the Bayhawks back to the league.
Sources have also told Lacrosse Bucket that Atlanta Blaze owner Andre Grudger has ceded his ownership back to the league and that players were notified Tuesday morning. Additionally, sources have indicated that the ownership of the Denver Outlaws has been ceded back to the league, as well. The Annapolis Capital Gazette has also reported the Outlaws’ ownership being returned to the league.
The league will also be moving to a northeast model and moving to a 10-game schedule, according to a source. Atlanta, Dallas, and Denver will all be relocating to northeastern cities. And while the future locations for all three teams remain unknown, Chris Jastrzembski of College Crosse has reported that the Atlanta Blaze will be relocating to Philadelphia.