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New Professional Lacrosse League Announced

A somewhat unexpected announcement earlier this week was made when a new professional indoor league known as the Arena Lacrosse League (ALL) was introduced at a press conference in Norfolk, VA.  Teams are currently being considered in the mid-atlantic region, and a somewhat strange aspect of this league is that it will be non-profit. The league has said they envision themselves to someday be a minor league for the NLL. 

The formation of this league does raise some basic questions.  Is lacrosse popular enough to support 4 professional leagues (MLL, NLL, LXM, ALL)?  Does the NLL really need a minor league?  Is the indoor game in itself popular enough to support a second league?  Only time will tell but one would think that the ownership of this league could receive better exposure, and help better grow the game, if they invested their money in expansion teams in the more established MLL or NLL, rather than try to launch something this ambitious.  But who knows, maybe this league will be truly successful, or maybe it will get as far as NLL Outdoor.

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