MLL Commissioner Gross Talks Further Expansion

Will Major League Lacrosse return to California? Or are more new teams headed to the Southeast?

MLL commissioner David Gross addressed members of the lacrosse media Wednesday in advance of Saturday's MLL all-star game in Boston, and among the topics he addressed was league expansion. The expansion Charlotte Hounds and Ohio Machine are set to join the league for 2012, and Gross said Wednesday the league plans in January to announce two more teams to begin play for the 2013 season.

This supports the expansion plan that Lacrosse Magazine reported last December, in which the league named 19 target expansion markets. North Carolina, home of the recently fan-named Hounds, and Columbus, Ohio, where the Machine will play, were two of those markets.

But where will the new teams for 2013 be located? Gross said that returning the league to California — the league had teams in San Francisco and Los Angeles from 2006-08 — is a possibility. So, too, is adding teams in the Southeast.

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