NLL Commissioner Wants Expansion

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NLL Commissioner Wants Expansion

Will Philadelphia Return?

National Lacrosse League Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz recently discussed the league’s hope for expansion.

The league has fielded nine teams since 2012, down from a high of 13 teams in 2007.  The league has also seen several teams relocate in recent years, fueling concerns of instability. However, with all nine teams remaining in their cities for 2017 and the addition of two major sponsors in the last year, the Commissioner hopes to put those concerns to rest.

Philadelphia WingsEdmonton, Boston, and New York have been rumored to be in line for an expansion team, and Sakiewicz wants to put a team in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Wings were a founding member of the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League (which eventually became the NLL) in 1986.  The team relocated in 2014 to become the New England Black Wolves.

According to Sakiewicz, there is a prospective owner in Philadelphia with a business plan, and a return of the Wings is “a matter of when”.

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