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Major League Lacrosse (MLL) has announced that the Dallas Rattlers will cease operations for the 2020 season.
According to the league-issued release, Rattlers players will remain contracted with the league and will be part of a new MLL franchise this summer. That new franchise is expected to be located in the northeast following news last month that the league would be moving to a single-entity ownership model, meaning that the league will operate all six teams, and moving towards a “northeast” model with all teams likely to be located in the northeast this summer.
Additionally, the league stated that they would maintain the Rattlers’ marks and colors for a return to the Dallas market.
This news comes just about four months after the league announced that ownership of the Rattlers was to be transferred to the league, marking New Balance owner and chairman Jim Davis’ complete exit from the MLL.
While it is still unclear exactly where this new team that Rattlers players rights will be moved to will be located, there are reports that Fairfield, Conn. could be the destination for this new MLL franchise. It has also been reported that the Atlanta Blaze will be moving to Philadelphia and the league has recently filed a word trademark for Philadelphia Barrage.