2002-03 National Lacrosse League Update
Thursday, June 20, 2002
By David W. Unkle
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) Board of Governors completed their annual summer meetings today. The three-day meeting held at New York's Madison Square Garden concluded with a conference call for members of the national media. NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings stated that the league will not exceed thirteen teams dealing a blow to those individuals looking for expansion in cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area and Edmonton. We are still aggressively pursuing expansion. There is a considerable amount of interest, especially from groups on the West Coast of the United States. We are very careful in choosing our new partners. I am confident that we will expand to some of these markets for the 2003-2004 season said Jennings. When specifically asked about the potential for a NLL franchise in Edmonton, Jennings said we did not receive a formal application from a potential ownership group to place a franchise in Edmonton for the 2002-2003 NLL season. We know how disappointed the fans in Edmonton are, but we ask them to be patient. We still expect to be there in the future. Jennings stated that while the league would like to ultimately expand to sixteen teams, they wanted to get the right ownership groups in the right buildings in the right cities to ensure responsible growth.
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