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| current_season = 2013 NLL season
 
| logo = NLLLogo.svg
 
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| sport = [[Box lacrosse|Indoor lacrosse]]
 
| founded = 1986
 
| former_name = [[Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League]]<br>[[Major Indoor Lacrosse League]]
 
| inaugural = [[1987 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League season|1987]]
 
| teams = 9
 
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| champion = [[Rochester Knighthawks]]
 
| most_champs = [[Toronto Rock]] (6) and
 
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The '''National Lacrosse League''' ('''NLL''') is a men's professional [[box lacrosse|indoor lacrosse]] league in [[North America]]. It currently has nine teams: three in [[Canada]] and six in the [[United States]]. Unlike other [[lacrosse]] leagues which play in the summer, the NLL plays its games in the winter and spring. Each year, the playoff teams battle for the [[Champion's Cup]]. Historically, the league has averaged about 10,000 fans per game.<ref name="StealthMoveNorth" />
 
   
== Game ==
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The version of lacrosse played in the NLL is [[indoor lacrosse]] otherwise known as [[box lacrosse]]. The NLL plays four quarters of fifteen minutes each, with two-minute breaks between the first and second quarters and between the third and fourth quarters, and a twelve-minute break between the second and third (called ''[[half-time]]'').<ref name="rules">{{cite web |url=http://nll.com/uploads/2007rulebook.pdf |format=PDF|work=NLL.com |title=2007 NLL Official Rule Book |accessdate={{date|2007-02-28}}}}</ref> The clock does not run when play is stopped. ([[Canadian Lacrosse Association]] box lacrosse is played on a hard floor, usually in the summer, and has three periods instead of four quarters.)
 
   
The team that has scored the most goals at the end of regulation time is declared the winner. If the game is tied after four quarters have been played, the teams begin [[Sudden death (sport)|sudden death]] overtime; the team that scores first wins the game. Overtime periods are fifteen minutes long, with two-minute breaks between overtime periods.<ref name="rules" /> Prior to the [[2005 NLL season]], overtime periods were 5 minutes each.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=1175 |title=League Announces Rule Changes |work=NLL.com |date={{date|December 28, 2004}} |accessdate={{date|2007-02-28}}}}</ref>
 
   
Each team dresses twenty players, of whom two are [[goaltender]]s; the remaining eighteen are called ''runners'', and may be either [[Offense (sports)|forwards]] or [[Defence player|defensemen]]. There are also players, frequently defensemen, who specialize in the ''transition'' from defense to offense.
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The team in possession of the ball has eight seconds to move the ball over the center line, and thirty seconds to take a shot on net. If either of these time periods expires, the whistle is blown, and the opposing team is given possession. In the NLL, the [[shot clock]] runs while a team that is killing a penalty has possession of the ball; this is not the case in all box lacrosse leagues (e.g. [[Major Series Lacrosse]], [[Western Lacrosse Association]]).
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Each team in the NLL plays sixteen games during the regular season, eight at home and eight away.<ref name="lax101">{{cite web |url=http://nll.com/laxoverview.php |title=Lax 101: Overview |work=NLL.com |accessdate={{date|2007-03-03}}}}</ref> The teams are divided into two divisions, the Eastern division and the Western division. Each team plays at least twelve of its sixteen regular season games against division opponents.
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The regular season begins in late December and ends in April. At the end the regular season, the top three teams in the Eastern Division and the top four teams in the Western division make the [[playoff]]s. Either the fourth-placed Eastern division team or the fifth-placed Western division team, based upon regular season record, also makes the playoffs.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.buffalonews.com/sports_ink/2011/10/bandits-notebook-crossover-plan.html |title=Sports, Ink &#124; The Buffalo News |publisher=Blogs.buffalonews.com |date=2011-10-28 |accessdate=2012-11-02}}</ref> The playoffs consist of three single-game elimination rounds. In the first round (the ''Division Semi-finals''), each division winner hosts a fourth-seeded team, and the second-place team hosts the third-place team. In the second round (the ''Division Finals''), the two remaining teams in each division play; the higher-seeded team hosts the game. Two weeks after the Division Finals, the division winners face off for the [[Champion's Cup]].
 
 
All NLL games are played on weekends, save for the occasional Friday night game.<ref>During the [[2007 NLL season|2007 season]], three games were held on Thursday nights, the most since the [[2003 NLL season|2003 season]].</ref> Most NLL players have full-time jobs off the floor; notable examples include Toronto's [[Dan Ladouceur]], a [[Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario|Durham Region]] [[police officer]],<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.eye.net/eye/issue/issue_04.28.05/city/lacrosse.php |title=And yet, what is this quintessence of nets? |work=[[Eye Weekly]] |date={{date|April 28, 2005}} |accessdate={{date|2007-03-03}}}}</ref> and Buffalo's [[John Tavares (lacrosse)|John Tavares]], a high school [[teacher]] in [[Mississauga, Ontario]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.tsn.ca/tsn_talent/columnists/bob_mckenzie/?ID=106431 |title=Tavares may have to share his handle |work=[[The Sports Network|TSN]].ca |author=McKenzie, Bob |date={{date|November 30, 2004}} |accessdate={{date|2007-03-03}} |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20061231152414/http://www.tsn.ca/tsn_talent/columnists/bob_mckenzie/?ID=106431 |archivedate = {{date|December 31, 2006}}}}</ref>
 
 
== History ==
 
 
===Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League===
 
The rebirth of major professional box lacrosse in the United States came on March 13, 1986, with the formation of the '''Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League''' (EPBLL), which was incorporated by [[Russ Cline]] and [[Chris Fritz]].<ref name="hist">{{cite web |url=http://nll.com/laxhistory.php |title=Lax 101: League History |work=NLL.com |accessdate={{date|2007-03-27}}}}</ref> As background, in 1985 box lacrosse sponsored an event played at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. The USA/Canada Superseries was an eight-game series, seen as a pre-cursor to the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. The league began play for the [[1987 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League season|1987 season]], opening with two games on January 10, 1987: the [[Philadelphia Wings]] at the [[New Jersey Saints]] and the [[Washington Wave]] hosting the [[Baltimore Thunder]].
 
 
The League announces that Darrell Russell has been named Commissioner of the League.
 
 
The first game in the League features Philadelphia at New Jersey in which the Saints defeat the Wings by the score of 11-8.
 
 
The Philadelphia Wings defeat the New Jersey Saints 17-11 at the Spectrum before a crowd of 14,903, the largest of 1987.
 
Those four teams contested a six-game regular season before a postseason which saw all four teams qualify for a single knockout tournament, which ended with the Baltimore Thunder crowned the EPBLL's first champion.<ref name="hist" />
 
The Baltimore Thunder, coached by Bob Griebe, defeat the Washington Wave by a score of 11-10 to capture the first League Championship.
 
 
The League announces a total of 124,536 fans attend Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League games in its first year.
 
Those same four teams played in the [[1988 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League season|second season]] of the EPBLL.<ref name="hist" /> The teams expanded to an eight-game schedule, and set up a three-team playoff with the regular season winner claiming a bye to the title game.
 
 
===Major Indoor Lacrosse League===
 
[[File:MILL logo.png|thumb|MILL logo]]
 
 
====1988====
 
{{See also|1987 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League season|1988 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The League begins its second year with each of the four teams playing an eight-game schedule. The league becomes known as the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL).
 
 
The [[New Jersey Saints]] become the second League champions by defeating the [[Washington Wave]], 17-16 before 8,125 fans at the [[Capital Centre]]. For the Wave, it was the second time in as many years they reached the championship game, only to come away on the short end of a one-goal game.
 
 
The league then announced that the Saints would relocate to the [[Nassau Coliseum]] on [[Long Island]] beginning in the 1989 season. The team name was changed to the [[New York Saints]] to reflect their new home. The MILL announced that it would award expansion teams to [[Detroit, Michigan|Detroit]] and [[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston]]. The teams began play in the 1989 season. The Detroit team was named the Turbos, and began play in the [[Joe Louis Arena]]. Their team colors were announced to be purple, silver and black. The Boston entry was called the [[New England Blazers]] and they played their home games at the [[Worcester Centrum]]. The Blazers used green, orange, and white as their team colors.
 
 
====1989====
 
{{See also|1989 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The league prepared to open its third season with six teams—the [[Baltimore Thunder]], [[Detroit Turbos]], [[New England Blazers]], [[New York Saints]], [[Philadelphia Wings]] and [[Washington Wave]]. Each of the six teams played an eight-game schedule in 1989, with an even four home and road games. In its first ever regular season game, 12,171 Detroit fans watched the expansion Turbos defeat the Washington Wave, 11-9, in the debut of the 1989 season. As the season went on, regular season attendance figures for the league totaled at 230,724 for 24 regular season games, which made an average of 9,614 people in the stands per game. When adding the postseason, the numbers grew to 255,088 total and an average of 9,811 a game.
 
 
Later that year, the [[Philadelphia Wings]] captured the league championship in front of a record postseason crowd of 16,042 at the Spectrum, defeating the [[New York Saints]], 11-10. After the championship game, the league announced the expansion into [[Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|Pittsburgh]], a team later to be called the [[Pittsburgh Bulls|Bulls]], who played at the [[Civic Arena (Pittsburgh)|Civic Arena]], sporting the traditional Pittsburgh colors of black and gold, like the [[Pittsburgh Steelers|Steelers]].
 
 
====1990====
 
{{See also|1990 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
{| class="wikitable" class="wikitable" style="float:right; margin:0 1em 1em; font-size:95%; text-align:center;"
 
|-
 
! colspan=3 | National Lacrosse League Progression
 
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| Year
 
| Teams
 
| Games Played
 
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| [[1987 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League season|1987]]
 
| rowspan=2 | 4 teams
 
| 6 games
 
|-
 
| [[1988 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League season|1988]]
 
| rowspan=3 | 8 games
 
|-
 
| [[1989 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season|1989]]
 
| rowspan=3 | 6 teams
 
|-
 
| [[1990 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season|1990]]
 
|-
 
| [[1991 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season|1991]]
 
| 10 games
 
|-
 
| [[1992 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season|1992]]
 
| rowspan=2 | 7 teams
 
| rowspan=4 | 8 games
 
|-
 
| [[1993 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season|1993]]
 
|-
 
| [[1994 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season|1994]]
 
| rowspan=2 | 6 teams
 
|-
 
| [[1995 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season|1995]]
 
|-
 
| [[1996 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season|1996]]
 
| 7 teams
 
| rowspan=2 | 10 games
 
|-
 
| [[1997 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season|1997]]
 
| 6 teams
 
|-
 
| [[1998 National Lacrosse League season|1998]]
 
| rowspan=2 | 7 teams
 
| rowspan=3 | 12 games
 
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| [[1999 National Lacrosse League season|1999]]
 
|-
 
| [[2000 National Lacrosse League season|2000]]
 
| 8 teams
 
|-
 
| [[2001 National Lacrosse League season|2001]]
 
| 9 teams
 
| 14 games
 
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| [[2002 National Lacrosse League season|2002]]
 
| 13 teams
 
| rowspan=12 | 16 games
 
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| [[2003 National Lacrosse League season|2003]]
 
| 12 teams
 
|-
 
| [[2004 National Lacrosse League season|2004]]
 
| rowspan=2 | 10 teams
 
|-
 
| [[2005 National Lacrosse League season|2005]]
 
|-
 
| [[2006 National Lacrosse League season|2006]]
 
| 11 teams
 
|-
 
| [[2007 National Lacrosse League season|2007]]
 
| 13 teams
 
|-
 
| [[2008 National Lacrosse League season|2008]]
 
| rowspan="2" | 12 teams
 
|-
 
| [[2009 NLL season|2009]]
 
|-
 
| [[2010 NLL season|2010]]
 
| 11 teams
 
|-
 
| [[2011 NLL season|2011]]
 
| 10 teams
 
|-
 
| [[2012 NLL season|2012]]
 
| rowspan="2" | 9 teams
 
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| [[2013 NLL season|2013]]
 
|-
 
 
In 1990, the MILL prepared to open its fourth season with six teams: the [[Baltimore Thunder]], [[Detroit Turbos]], [[New England Blazers]], [[New York Saints]], [[Philadelphia Wings]] and [[Pittsburgh Bulls]]. Each of the six teams played an eight-game schedule over the 1990 season. During the near of the end of the season, the [[New York Saints]] defeated the [[Philadelphia Wings]], 8-5, before the first sellout and largest crowd in league history: 17,177 at the Spectrum in [[Philadelphia]]. The Saints' victory forced a rematch the next week in the playoffs. However, the Wings won that game, and later went on to become the first team to win two league championship games, defeating the [[New England Blazers]], 17-7 in front of 11,479 fans.
 
 
The Major Indoor Lacrosse League later announced that the attendance for twenty-six total games during the season was 287,585, which was a huge boost, increasing the average attendance a game to 11,060. After the season, the MILL announced the signing of twin brothers, [[Paul Gait]] and [[Gary Gait]], three-time All-Americans at [[Syracuse University|Syracuse]] to the [[Detroit Turbos]] after being drafted. The two won national championships with the Orange in 1988, 1989, and 1990.
 
 
====1991====
 
{{See also|1991 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The League prepares to open season number five with the same six teams. However, this season the schedule is increased from eight games to ten, with each team playing five games at home and five games on the road.
 
 
In the first game of the regular season, the debut of Detroit rookie twin brothers Paul and Gary Gait was successful, as they paced the Turbos to a 20-16 victory over the Baltimore Thunder.
 
 
The 1991 season was definitely a record-breaking year, especially in Detroit. Rookie twin Turbos, Paul and Gary Gait, set new standards in most offensive categories. Paul scored a record 47 goals, while Gary was second in the league with 32. Gary established new records with 36 assists and 68 points. As a team, Detroit set records for goals scored with 184, assists with 227, and total points with 411.
 
 
The Detroit Turbos defeat the Baltimore Thunder, 14-12, to claim the League's fifth title and the Turbos first. The World Championship Game was attended by 10,814 at the Baltimore Arena.
 
 
The League announced that Buffalo has been named as an expansion team for League play in the 1992 season. The team will be named the Bandits, wear the colors black, orange, and white, and will play in Memorial Auditorium. The League will promote the team in conjunction with the Buffalo Sabres.
 
 
Final League attendance numbers for the 1991 season reach 287,654.
 
 
On April 20, 1991, the National Division All-Stars defeat the American Division All-Stars, 25-20, in the inaugural League All-Star Game at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
 
 
====1992====
 
{{See also|1992 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The League opens season number six with the largest lineup of teams ever, seven, as the expansion [[Buffalo Bandits]] join the league. Each of the seven teams will play an eight game schedule, with four home games and four road games.
 
 
The Buffalo Bandits defeat the Philadelphia Wings, 20-11, in their first ever sellout of 16,325 in Memorial Auditorium. It marks the second sellout in League history. The Buffalo Bandits defeat the Baltimore Thunder in front of their second sellout crowd of the season at the Memorial Auditorium, 16,325. It marks the first time a team has sold out two games in the same season.
 
 
The expansion Buffalo Bandits advance to the League Championship Game by defeating the Detroit Turbos and the Gait brothers, 19-16, to win the National Division crown. The Philadelphia Wings defeat the Saints, 8-6, to capture the American Division Championship.
 
 
For the first time, an expansion team wins the League's World Championship, as the Buffalo Bandits defeat the Philadelphia Wings, 11-10, in overtime.
 
 
====1993====
 
{{See also|1993 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
Buffalo wins their second consecutive League Championship with a 13-12 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Wings before 16,325 in sold out Memorial Auditorium. The Bandits keep their 18 game winning streak alive, the longest in professional sports. Buffalo joins the Wings as the only team in League history to win back-to-back championships.
 
 
The League and the Players Association announce a three-year contract agreement.
 
 
League signs a six-year agreement with ESPN.
 
 
====1994====
 
{{See also|1994 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
ESPN2's first Monday night broadcast features the Detroit Turbos against the Baltimore Thunder.
 
 
The Philadelphia Wings deny the Buffalo Bandits a third consecutive World Championship by defeating the Bandits, 26-15, in front of a sellout crowd of 16,284 at Memorial Auditorium. The win gives the Wings its third League Championship in their history, the most of any League team. ESPN broadcasts the game live from Buffalo, marking the first live telecast by ESPN of a League game.
 
 
The League announces Rochester, New York, has been awarded an expansion team for the 1995 season.
 
 
====1995====
 
{{See also|1995 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The expansion Rochester Knighthawks won their inaugural game, 12-8, against the New York Saints in the War Memorial.
 
 
Philadelphia breaks the League's attendance record as 17,380 fans witness the Wings defeat of the Baltimore Thunder in the regular season finale.
 
 
For the first time in League history, Paul Gait (Rochester) played against his twin brother Gary Gait (Philadelphia).
 
 
The Philadelphia Wings win back-to-back championships by defeating the Rochester Knighthawks, 15-14, in a thrilling overtime game. The Wings have won four League titles in their nine-year history.
 
 
====1996====
 
{{See also|1996 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
Before the beginning of the 1996 season, the second-to-last season that the NLL would be known as the Major Indoor Lacrosse League, it was announced that the season would be expanded to ten games. In addition, the [[Boston Blazers]] announced their new home in the [[FleetCenter (Boston)|Fleet Center]] for 1996. Another big crowd, the fourth largest in league history, of 16,818 watched the Wings defeat the [[Charlotte Cobras]] at [[CoreStates Spectrum]] in Philadelphia. The Wings advanced to their fifth consecutive league championship game by defeating the [[Boston Blazers]], 10-8, a week before. That was the final MILL game to be played in the historic arena.
 
 
However, the [[Buffalo Bandits]] would play spoiler to the Wings, as they denied them a third consecutive league championship, as Buffalo beat Philadelphia, 15-10 in the 1996 league championship game, in front of a sold-out [[Buffalo Memorial Auditorium|Memorial Auditorium]] in [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]]. The Bandits picked up their third championship win, as they said goodbye to their own arena, at the culmination of the season, as well.
 
 
====1997====
 
{{See also|1997 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The eleventh season opened with three games, including Rochester playing Buffalo at the Bandits' new home, the [[Marine Midland Arena]], in front of a new league record crowd of 18,595 fans. The Knighthawks of Rochester, coached by [[Barry Powless]], later claimed their first MILL championship title in 1997, in front of the second largest crowd in MILL history, 18,055, a game also played at the Marine Midland Arena.
 
 
===National Lacrosse League===
 
 
A new entity, combining the tradition of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League with two expansion teams and individual team ownership is announced - the National Lacrosse League. Syracuse, New York (nicknamed Smash and playing at the Onondaga County War Memorial) and Hamilton, Ontario (nicknamed Raiders and playing at Copps Coliseum) are the new professional indoor lacrosse entries. The NLL unveils its new league logo.
 
 
John Livsey, Jr. is named as Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League.
 
 
A three-year collective bargaining agreement between the NLL and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association (PLPA) is announced.
 
 
'''NLL Franchise Timeline by Location'''
 
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====1998====
 
{{See also|1998 National Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The 1998 regular season schedule is announced, with teams now playing 12 games (six at home and six on the road) and facing their six opponents twice each (once at home and once on the road). In addition, the playoff format will see a best-of-three championship series with semifinal playoff action to still take place in a single-game elimination format, though sites of all post-season games will be based on regular season record.
 
 
A blockbuster trade sees seven-time All-Pro Paul Gait go to the expansion Syracuse Smash in exchange for draft picks and player compensation.
 
 
Reigning league MVP Gary Gait is sent to Baltimore in a blockbuster trade involving player and cash compensation.
 
 
The Philadelphia Wings sweep the best-of-three Championship Series with a 17-12 win over the Thunder after having won 16-12 two days earlier. Game Two marks the first title game appearance by Baltimore since 1991 and the win is Philadelphia's fifth in franchise history. Wings goaltender Dallas Eliuk is named Championship Series MVP.
 
 
====1999====
 
{{See also|1999 National Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The Toronto Rock finish the season with a perfect home record, going a combined 8-0 (regular season and playoffs) after a 13-10 win over the Rochester Knighthawks in the Championship Game before a sellout crowd of 15,691 in Maple Leaf Gardens. The game is televised throughout Canada by CTV SportsNet, and in the United States on ESPN2.
 
 
====2000====
 
{{See also|2000 National Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
18,911 fans pack the First Union Center in Philadelphia to watch the Philadelphia Wings battle the Pittsburgh CrosseFire. Pittsburgh wins the game, 14-8. At the time, this was the largest single-game crowd to ever see a professional indoor lacrosse game.
 
 
Kaleb Toth beats K-Hawks goaltender Pat O'Toole with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Toronto Rock a 14-13 victory, and their second straight championship. Dubbed{{By whom|date=February 2011}} the "Greatest Professional Indoor Lacrosse Game of All-Time", the 2000 Final is the last sporting event to be held in the historic Maple Leaf Gardens.
 
 
The city of Columbus, Ohio is granted an expansion team. Former League Commissioner John Livsey will head the Landsharks.
 
 
At a press conference at the ESPNZone in New York City, Jim Jennings is named the new Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League. Jennings announces that League Headquarters will be relocated from Buffalo, New York to Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
 
Commissioner Jim Jennings appoints George Daniel to the position of Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel for the NLL.
 
 
====2001====
 
{{See also|2001 National Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
In front of the league's largest crowd in history, the Philadelphia Wings win their sixth League Championship Title with a 9-8 win over the Toronto Rock at the Air Canada Centre in front of 19,409 fans. Wings goaltender Dallas Eliuk is named Most Valuable Player.
 
 
The league announces expansion franchises are awarded to Montreal, New Jersey, Calgary and Vancouver for the following season.
 
 
====2002====
 
{{See also|2002 National Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The Vancouver Ravens play their inaugural home game at General Motors Place in Vancouver. The Ravens give the crowd of 13,772 much to cheer about, beating the Toronto Rock 13-12. The crowd makes history as the largest ever to attend the first home game of an expansion franchise.
 
 
The Albany Attack host the Toronto Rock in the 2002 Final. The Rock defeat the Attack by a score of 13-12 to capture their third title, all won in the past four seasons. 9,289 fans watch the game at the Pepsi Arena in Albany. Toronto forward Colin Doyle was voted Championship Game MVP, scoring three goals and one assist.
 
 
The League announces the sale and relocation of the Washington Power franchise to the city of Denver, Colorado. The franchise will play its home games at the Pepsi Center. The team is now owned by Kroenke Sports Enterprises, whose holdings include the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Pepsi Center. The new team marks the League's first United States team west of the Mississippi River.
 
 
====2003====
 
{{See also|2003 National Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The Colorado Mammoth play their inaugural home game at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Mammoth treated the home crowd of 16,121 fans to a thrilling 13-12 win in double overtime against the Toronto Rock. The crowd broke the previous record for an inaugural home game attendance, previously held by the Vancouver Ravens (13,772 in 2001).
 
 
In front of a sellout crowd of 18,207 at the Pepsi Center, the Colorado Mammoth defeat the New York Saints by a score of 19-13. The crowd was the first of two sellout crowds the Mammoth would host during their first season.
 
 
The Rochester Knighthawks host the Toronto Rock in the 2003 Champion's Cup Final. The Rock defeated the Knighthawks by a score of 8-6 to capture their fourth title, all won in the past five seasons. 11,051 fans attend the game at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Toronto goalie Bob Watson earns Championship Game MVP honors with his 40 saves.
 
 
====2004====
 
{{See also|2004 National Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
A new divisional format is announced for the regular season. The first ever Western Division will consist of Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Colorado, San Jose and Vancouver. The East will consist of Buffalo, Philadelphia, Rochester and Toronto. The top three teams in each division shall earn playoff berths, with the division champions receiving byes. The second and third place finishers shall face each other in the opening round with the winners facing their respective division champions in the semi-final round. The semi-final winners (East vs. West) shall meet in the 2004 Champions' Cup Final with the higher seed hosting.
 
 
Fox Sports Net becomes the league's new national broadcast partner in the United States. Fox Sports Net will carry nine regular season game broadcasts, spread across the schedule to over 50 million homes. Fox Sports Net will feature the 2004 All-Star Game on Feb. 22.
 
The Arizona Sting play their inaugural home game at the Glendale Arena in Arizona. The game becomes the first event ever held inside the new arena. The Sting defeats the Vancouver Ravens by the score of 16-12 in front of 12,789 fans.
 
 
The Colorado Mammoth host a sellout crowd of 18,305 at Pepsi Center in a 14-13 loss to the Calgary Roughnecks. The Mammoth went on to record five sellout crowds on the season.
 
 
The 2004 All-Star Game was played in front of 16,742 fans at Pepsi Center in Denver, home of the Colorado Mammoth. The crowd was the largest All-Star Game crowd in league history. The East Division All-Stars defeated the West Division All-Stars by a score of 19-15.
 
 
The Calgary Roughnecks won their first ever Champion's Cup by defeating the Buffalo Bandits 14-11 at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary. The game was played in front of 19,289 fans. The sellout crowd is the largest in Roughnecks history and the second highest single game attendance total in NLL history.
 
 
====2005====
 
{{See also|2005 National Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The National Lacrosse League reached a new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Professional Lacrosse Player's Association (PLPA). The agreement covers the league's 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons.
 
 
The league announces the placement of a franchise in Minnesota. The new team will be owned and operated by Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League. The Minnesota team will enter the league for the 2005 season and play its home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
 
 
A new preseason attendance record is set as 14,084 fans come to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for the first home exhibition game of the expansion Minnesota Swarm. The game marks the first professional lacrosse game ever played in the state of Minnesota.
 
 
The National Lacrosse League All-Star Game aired live on NBC at 2 PM Eastern. The game became the first live broadcast of lacrosse on national U.S. network television. The game was also televised in Canada on The Score, and internationally via CNBC International, CNBC Asia, and on Armed Forces Network. The East Division (Buffalo, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Rochester, and Toronto) defeated the West Division (Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Colorado, and San Jose) 11-10 in overtime in front of 11,511 fans at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.
 
 
Legendary lacrosse superstars and twin brothers Paul and Gary Gait were reunited when Paul ended his retirement signing with the Colorado Mammoth. Paul Gait would join his brother, Mammoth captain Gary, for the remaining four games of the regular season and the team's playoff run. He would make his Mammoth debut on April 1, 2005, at Minnesota and then returned to Denver for the team's final regular-season home game on April 2, 2005, against the Anaheim Storm at Pepsi Center.
 
 
The 2005 Edge NLL Championship Game is played in front of an NLL record 19,432 fans at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and in front of a national network television audience in the US on NBC and in Canada on the Score. The Toronto Rock defeated the Arizona Sting 19-13, capturing their fifth title in seven seasons. Colin Doyle was named MVP of the game after leading the Rock with five goals and three assists.
 
 
Legendary coach Les Bartley dies after an 18-month battle with colon cancer. Bartley served as Head Coach and General Manager of the Toronto Rock between 1999 and 2003. He posted a 51-19 regular season record and 9-1 post-season record in five seasons. He also led the team to a 37-5 regular season home record in the same time. Bartley began his coaching career in 1991 and would go on to lead his teams to eleven Championship games, winning seven League Championships. Four of those seven were with the Rock; back-to-back titles in 1999-2000 and 2002-2003. Prior to coming to Toronto, Bartley coached the Bandits to titles in 1992, 1993, and 1996.
 
 
The NLL announces that the league will consist of eleven teams for the 2006 season. The eleven-team league will include expansion teams in Edmonton, Alberta, and Portland, Oregon.
 
 
The league announces the establishment of the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame opens with five charter members who have made immeasurable contributions to the league and the sport of lacrosse. The five charter members are league founders Russ Cline and Chris Fritz; legendary lacrosse stars Gary Gait and Paul Gait, and the late Les Bartley, the winningest coach in league history.
 
 
The NLL and Reebok announce a multi-year exclusive partnership in which all NLL players will use Reebok equipment and will be exclusively outfitted in the brand's footwear and apparel. The partnership makes the brand the official equipment, uniform, and footwear provider of the league. The agreement makes Reebok the exclusive licensee of official NLL apparel including authentic and replica jerseys, caps, shirts, and additional clothing.
 
 
====2006====
 
{{See also|2006 National Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The Edmonton Rush played their inaugural game and home opener in front of 11,385 fans at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. The Rush lost 10-9 in overtime to the San Jose Stealth. The game was only the second time in league history that an expansion team forced overtime in their inaugural game.
 
 
The 2006 National Lacrosse League All-Star Game was held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, home of the Toronto Rock. The West Division (Arizona Sting, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Edmonton Rush, Portland LumberJax, and San Jose Stealth) defeated the East Division (Buffalo Bandits, Minnesota Swarm, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, and Toronto Rock) by a score of 14-13 in front of 15,924 fans. Calgary Roughnecks forward Lewis Ratcliff scored the game-winning goal with 4.4 seconds remaining. Ratcliff was named the Game MVP.
 
 
The National Lacrosse League finished its 20th season by setting an all-time single season attendance mark, reaching a total of 1,037,147 fans for the 2006 season, including 88 regular-season games, six playoff games, the 2006 All-Star Game in Toronto, and the 2006 RBK NLL Championship Game presented by Edge Active Care. The league season average attendance was 10,804.
 
 
The Colorado Mammoth defeated the Buffalo Bandits 16-9 in front of 16,104 fans at HSBC Arena in Buffalo to secure the first championship in Colorado Mammoth history. Mammoth forward Gavin Prout was named game MVP, scoring four goals, and adding three assists for seven points in the win.
 
 
The National Lacrosse League announced the awarding of a franchise to New York City for the 2007 season. The official announcement was made during a press conference at East River Park in Manhattan by the honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, and National Lacrosse League Commissioner Jim Jennings. The New York team became the league's thirteenth franchise and will play its games at Madison Square Garden.
 
 
====2007====
 
{{See also|2007 National Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The expansion New York Titans played their home opener at Madison Square Garden in the first ever professional lacrosse game at the World's Most Famous Arena. The Titans defeated the expansion Chicago Shamrox 11-9 in front of 13,127 fans.
 
 
The Eastern Division defeated the Western Division 20-16 in front of 12,856 fans at Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, home of the Portland LumberJax, in the 2007 National Lacrosse League All-Star Game. Buffalo Bandits forward Mark Steenhuis was named the game's Most Valuable Player, becoming the first player in NLL history to win two All-Star Game MVP honors. Steenhuis also won the award in 2004.
 
 
The NLL reached a milestone as the league plays its 1,000th regular season game. The Minnesota Swarm hosted the Colorado Mammoth at Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis/St Paul in the historic game. The Mammoth beat the Swarm 11-9.
 
 
The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Arizona Sting, 13-11, in the 2007 NLL Championship presented by Edge Active Care at Jobing.com Arena. John Grant was named Championship Game MVP with a three goal, five assist performance. The victory marked the first time Rochester has won the title since 1997.
 
 
The NLL reached a new seven-year agreement with the players' union.
 
 
====2008====
 
{{See also|2008 National Lacrosse League season}}
 
 
The league announced the divisional alignments for the 2008 regular season. The expansion Boston franchise will join the Eastern Division, which expanded to eight teams (Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, Rochester, and Toronto). The Western Division remained the same as in 2007 (Arizona, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Portland, and San Jose).
 
 
John Tavares broke Gary Gait's all-time goal scoring record. Tavares, who had already captured the all-time points and assists records, notched his record-breaking 597th career goal in the third quarter of Buffalo's 17-13 victory over New York.
 
 
Philadelphia Forward Athan Iannucci broke Gary Gait's single season scoring record of 61 goals. He went on to finish the season with 71 goals.
 
 
The Buffalo Bandits defeated the Portland Lumberjax by the score of 14–13 in the 2008 Edge NLL Championship game at HSBC Arena. The event, which aired nationally on ESPN2, drew a sellout crowd of 18,690 fans. Mark Steenhuis captured the game's MVP honors with five goals and one assist.
 
 
====2009====
 
{{See also|2009 NLL season}}
 
 
The league announced the addition of instant replay for officials to review disputed goals and crease violations during games.
 
 
George Daniel was appointed Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League.
 
 
Calgary won its second championship, defeating New York 12–10 in front of 13,042 at Pengrowth Saddledome. Josh Sanderson was named Championship Game MVP, finishing with two goals and three assists.
 
 
====2010====
 
{{See also|2010 NLL season}}
 
 
====2011====
 
{{See also|2011 NLL season}}
 
 
====2012====
 
{{See also|2012 NLL season}}
 
 
====2013====
 
{{See also|2013 NLL season}}
 
 
=== Championship history ===
 
 
{| class="wikitable" class="wikitable" style="float:right; margin:0 1em 1em; font-size:95%; text-align:center;"
 
|-
 
! Team
 
! Championships
 
|-
 
| Toronto Rock || 6
 
|-
 
| Philadelphia Wings || 6
 
|-
 
| Buffalo Bandits || 4
 
|-
 
| Rochester Knighthawks || 3
 
|-
 
| Calgary Roughnecks || 2
 
|-
 
| Baltimore Thunder/Colorado Mammoth || 2
 
|-
 
| Detroit Turbos || 1
 
|-
 
| New Jersey Saints || 1
 
|-
 
| Washington Stealth || 1
 
|}
 
 
* [[1987 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League season|1987]] [[Baltimore Thunder]] 11 — 10 [[Washington Wave]]
 
* [[1988 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League season|1988]] [[New York Saints|New Jersey Saints]] 17 — 16 Washington Wave
 
* [[1989 MILL season|1989]] [[Philadelphia Wings]] 11 — 10 [[New York Saints]]
 
* [[1990 MILL season|1990]] Philadelphia Wings 17 — 7 [[New England Blazers]]
 
* [[1991 MILL season|1991]] [[Detroit Turbos]] 14 — 12 Baltimore Thunder
 
* [[1992 MILL season|1992]] [[Buffalo Bandits]] 11 — 10 Philadelphia Wings (OT)
 
* [[1993 MILL season|1993]] Buffalo Bandits 13 — 12 Philadelphia Wings
 
* [[1994 MILL season|1994]] Philadelphia Wings 26 — 15 Buffalo Bandits
 
* [[1995 MILL season|1995]] Philadelphia Wings 15 — 14 [[Rochester Knighthawks]] (OT)
 
* [[1996 MILL season|1996]] Buffalo Bandits 15 — 10 Philadelphia Wings
 
* [[1997 MILL season|1997]] Rochester Knighthawks 15 — 12 Buffalo Bandits
 
* [[1998 NLL season|1998]] Philadelphia Wings 2 — 0 Baltimore Thunder (Best of 3 Games Series)
 
* [[1999 NLL season|1999]] [[Toronto Rock]] 13 — 10 Rochester Knighthawks
 
* [[2000 NLL season|2000]] Toronto Rock 14 — 13 Rochester Knighthawks
 
* [[2001 NLL season|2001]] Philadelphia Wings 9 — 8 Toronto Rock
 
* [[2002 NLL season|2002]] Toronto Rock 13 — 12 [[Albany Attack]]
 
* [[2003 NLL season|2003]] Toronto Rock 8 — 6 Rochester Knighthawks
 
* [[2004 NLL season|2004]] [[Calgary Roughnecks]] 14 — 11 Buffalo Bandits
 
* [[2005 NLL season|2005]] Toronto Rock 19 — 13 [[Arizona Sting]]
 
* [[2006 NLL season|2006]] [[Colorado Mammoth]] 16 — 9 Buffalo Bandits
 
* [[2007 NLL season|2007]] Rochester Knighthawks 13 — 11 Arizona Sting
 
* [[2008 NLL season|2008]] Buffalo Bandits 14 — 13 [[Portland LumberJax]]
 
* [[2009 NLL season|2009]] Calgary Roughnecks 12 — 10 [[New York Titans (lacrosse)|New York Titans]]
 
* [[2010 NLL season|2010]] [[Washington Stealth]] 15 — 11 Toronto Rock
 
* [[2011 NLL season|2011]] Toronto Rock 8 — 7 Washington Stealth
 
* [[2012 NLL season|2012]] Rochester Knighthawks 9 — 6 [[Edmonton Rush]]
 
{{See also|Champion's Cup}}
 
 
=== Commissioners ===
 
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
|-
 
!Commissioner
 
!Years
 
|-
 
| Darrel Russell
 
| align=center | 1987–1997
 
|-
 
| John Livsey Jr
 
| align=center | 1997–2000
 
|-
 
| Jim Jennings
 
| align=center | 2000–2009
 
|-
 
| George Daniel<ref>{{cite news |title=George Daniel appointed commissioner |date={{date|June 30, 2009}} |url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3997 |accessdate={{date|2009-07-07}}}}</ref>
 
| align=center | 2009-''present''
 
|}
 
 
== Current league structure ==
 
 
The National Lacrosse League currently plays a 16-game regular season, with 4 teams from each division qualifying for postseason play. The 1st and 4th seed in each division meet in a divisional semifinal game, while the 2nd and 3rd seeds meet in the other. The next round is the Eastern Division and Western Division championship. The divisional champions then meet in the Champions Cup final for the league title.
 
 
Each year, the league holds a mid-season [[National Lacrosse League All-Star Game|All Star Game]] between two teams representing the Eastern and Western divisions.
 
 
As of 2007, the average salary in the league was just $14,000, with most players holding down second jobs.<ref name=TTRCLS>{{cite web|url=http://select.nytimes.com/2007/01/18/sports/othersports/18vecsey.html|title=The Titans Return, Carrying Lacrosse Sticks|accessdate={{date|2010-08-25}}|date={{date|2007-01-18}}|author=Vecsey, George|work=[[The New York Times]]}}</ref>
 
 
As of 2012, the typical salaries are as follows, "There's a salary increase of five percent for 2012 for veterans, who now can earn a maximum of $27,777. A franchise player will see the same increase to a maximum of $33,971. There's a salary increase of six percent for second-year players to a maximum of $11,846 and for rookies to a maximum of $8,781." <ref name=PPTBNLS>{{cite web|url=http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=capress-lac_nll_season_preview-16202823|title=Players pumped to begin new lacrosse season|accessdate={{date|2012-01-06}}|date={{date|2012-01-05}}|author=Stevens, Neil|work=[[Yahoo! Sports]]}}</ref>
 
 
== Current teams ==
 
{| style="width:100%;"
 
|-
 
|
 
|[[File:Box Lacrosse.jpg|thumb|right|300px|[[Philadelphia Wings]] visiting the [[Minnesota Swarm]] at the [[Xcel Energy Center]]]]
 
|}
 
{{clear}}
 
 
{| class="navbox wikitable" style="width:100%; text-align:left"
 
|-
 
! style="width:10%; background:white" | Division
 
! style="width:18%; background:white" | Team
 
! style="width:15%; background:white" | City/Area
 
! style="width:23%; background:white" | Arena
 
! style="width:9%; background:white" | Founded
 
! style="width:9%; background:white" | Joined
 
! style="width:16%; background:white" | Head Coach
 
|-
 
! style=background:royalblue rowspan=5 | Eastern
 
|-
 
| '''[[Buffalo Bandits]]'''
 
| [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]], [[New York|NY]]
 
| [[First Niagara Center]]
 
| align=center | 1991
 
| align=center | 1992
 
| [[Darris Kilgour]]
 
|-
 
| '''[[Philadelphia Wings]]'''
 
| [[Philadelphia]], [[Pennsylvania|PA]]
 
| [[Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia)|Wells Fargo Center]]
 
| align=center | 1986
 
| align=center | 1987
 
| [[John Tucker (lacrosse)|John Tucker]]
 
|-
 
| '''[[Rochester Knighthawks]]'''
 
| [[Rochester, New York|Rochester]], [[New York|NY]]
 
| [[Blue Cross Arena]]
 
| colspan="2" style="text-align:center;"| 1995
 
| [[Mike Hasen]]
 
|-
 
| '''[[Toronto Rock]]'''
 
| [[Toronto]], [[Ontario|ON]]
 
| [[Air Canada Centre]]
 
| colspan="2" style="text-align:center;"| 1998
 
| [[Troy Cordingley]]
 
|-
 
! style=background:firebrick rowspan=6 | Western
 
| '''[[Calgary Roughnecks]]'''
 
| [[Calgary]], [[Alberta|AB]]
 
| [[Scotiabank Saddledome]]
 
| colspan="2" style="text-align:center;"| 2001
 
| [[Curt Malawsky]]
 
|-
 
| '''[[Colorado Mammoth]]'''
 
| [[Denver]], [[Colorado|CO]]
 
| [[Pepsi Center]]
 
| align=center | 2003
 
| align=center | 2004
 
| [[Bob Hamley]]
 
|-
 
| '''[[Edmonton Rush]]'''
 
| [[Edmonton]], [[Alberta|AB]]
 
| [[Rexall Place]]
 
| align=center | 2005
 
| align=center | 2006
 
| [[Derek Keenan]]
 
|-
 
| '''[[Minnesota Swarm]]'''
 
| [[Saint Paul, Minnesota|St. Paul]], [[Minnesota|MN]]
 
| [[Xcel Energy Center]]
 
| align=center | 2004
 
| align=center | 2005
 
| [[Joe Sullivan]]
 
|-
 
| '''[[Washington Stealth]]'''
 
| [[Everett, Washington|Everett]], [[Washington (U.S. state)|WA]]
 
| [[Comcast Arena at Everett|Comcast Arena]]
 
| align=center | 2000
 
| align=center | 2010
 
| [[Chris Hall (lacrosse)|Chris Hall]]
 
|}
 
 
== Expansion and relocation ==
 
 
In July 2007, the [[Vancouver Ravens]] were conditionally approved for a 2008 return; the conditions included selling at least 2,500 season tickets and finding a suitable arena lease by July 19, 2007.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/sports/story.html?id=70aaa468-be53-467f-a636-44e484f457c5 |title=New ownership could revive NLL's Ravens |work=[[The Vancouver Sun]] |date={{date|June 18, 2007}} |accessdate={{date|2007-06-20}}}}</ref> On July 16, 2007, the [[Vancouver Ravens]] announced an agreement with [[Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment]] to make [[Rogers Arena|GM Place]] (now Rogers Arena) the home venue of the Ravens, if they are able to meet the season ticket sales requirement.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.ravenslacrosse.com/news.cfm?prid=271 |title=General Motors Place To Serve As Home For New Vancouver Ravens Lacrosse Franchise |work=[[Vancouver Ravens]] |date={{date|July 16, 2007}} |accessdate={{date|2007-07-17}}}}</ref> However, just a few days later, the NLL announced that the Ravens would not play in the [[2008 NLL season|2008 season]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://torontosun.com/Sports/OtherSports/2007/07/21/4356705-sun.html |title=Ravens Put On Hold |work=[[Toronto Sun]] |date={{date|July 21, 2007}} |accessdate={{date|2007-07-21}}}}</ref> Although a local tabloid made mention of a potential return in 2011 for the team, Commissioner Daniel announced that there would be no expansion in 2011.
 
 
A number of cities and potential ownership groups have expressed interest in expansion franchises:
 
* After high attendance of over 20,000 fans at the [[World Indoor Lacrosse Championship|2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship]] in [[Halifax Regional Municipality|Halifax]], [[Nova Scotia]], Jennings says that the league will "definitely consider expanding to Halifax, for sure."<ref>{{cite news |last=Richardson |first=Adam |title=National commissioner 'very excited' about expansion prospects |publisher=[[The Daily News (Halifax)|The Daily News]] |date={{date|May 21, 2007}} |url=http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=31118&sc=927 |accessdate={{date|2007-05-22}}}}</ref>
 
 
On June 17, 2009, the [[San Jose Stealth]] announced their relocation to [[Everett, Washington|Everett]], [[Washington (U.S. state)|Washington]], north of [[Seattle]], for the [[2010 NLL season|2010 season]]. The newly renamed [[Washington Stealth]] <ref>[http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090619/SPORTS/706199790/1004 Cam professional lacrosse turn a buck in Everett? - Everett Herald]</ref> play their home games at the [[Comcast Arena at Everett]].<ref name="StealthMoveNorth">{{cite web |url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=4000 |title=Stealth Move North to Washington |work=NLL.com |date={{date|June 17, 2009}} |accessdate={{date|2009-06-17}}}}</ref> In their first season in Everett the Stealth won the league title.
 
 
On August 10, 2009, the [[New York Titans (lacrosse)|New York Titans]] announced the team's move to [[Orlando, Florida|Orlando]], [[Florida]], to become the [[Orlando Titans]].<ref name="titans move">{{cite news |author=Paul Tutka|url=http://www.nllinsider.com/2009/08/10/new-york-titans-move-to-orlando-to-be-made-official-midweek/#more-12611|work=NLL Insider |title=New York Titans move to Orlando to be made official midweek |date={{date|August 10, 2009}}| accessdate={{date|2009-08-10}}}}</ref>
 
 
Commissioner George Daniel announced on March 31, 2010, that there would be no expansion for the [[2011 NLL season|2011 season]].<ref name="video game" />
 
 
In July 2010, the Orlando Titans announced that they would not participate in the 2011 season due to ownership restructuring.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.tsn.ca/lacrosse/story/?id=329716 |title=Titans pass on 2011 season to deal with ownership issues |publisher=Tsn.ca |date= |accessdate=2012-11-02}}</ref>
 
 
In late summer 2011, the [[Boston Blazers]] suspended operations for the [[2012 NLL season|2012 season]]. However, as of May 31, 2012, GM and team president Doug Reffue stated that the Blazers ownership is in negotiations with a local New England group. With the intentions of either selling the team or entering in a partnership with this group, Reffue added that the Blazers could return for the [[2014 NLL season|2014 season]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ilindoor.com/2012/05/31/breaking-boston-blazers-in-talks-with-potential-buyer-could-resume-operations-for-2014-national-lacrosse-league-season/ |title=Breaking: Boston Blazers in talks with potential buyer, could resume operations for 2014 National Lacrosse League season |publisher=IL Indoor |date=2012-05-31 |accessdate=2012-11-02}}</ref>
 
 
== Media coverage ==
 
In 2007, the NLL had a regularly scheduled "Game of the Week" on Versus, the network now known as [[NBC Sports Network]] and home of the [[Indycar Series]], [[NHL]], [[Tour de France]], and [[Professional Bull Riders, Inc.|PBR]]. For the [[2008 NLL season|2008 season]], due to dispute between the [[Professional Lacrosse Players' Association]] and the NLL owners in completing the [[collective bargaining agreement]], the "Game of the Week" on Versus was cancelled.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.insidelacrosse.com/page.cfm?pagerid=2&news=fdetail&storyid=170242 |title=NLL: Saturday night Game of the Week on VERSUS a no-go |accessdate={{date|2007-10-12}} |author=Craig Johnson |date={{date|October 11, 2007}} |work=InsideLacrosse.com}} {{Dead link|date=September 2010|bot=H3llBot}}</ref> Previously, the NLL has had its All-Star Games and Championship games on [[NBC]] in 2005 and [[ESPN2]] in 2006. In the early 2000s, [[CNN Sports Illustrated]] aired NLL games regularly. For the 2011 season, the NLL would return to Versus, beginning with coverage of the 2011 All-Star Game, followed by 6 weekly games, and two playoff games, one of these being the championship game.<ref name=nll-vs2011>{{cite web|title=2011 NLL TV Schedule with VERSUS features two playoff games, plus VERSUS name change?|url=http://www.ilindoor.com/2011/02/04/2011-nll-tv-schedule-with-versus-features-two-playoff-games-plus-versus-name-change/|publisher=ILOnline.com|accessdate={{date|28 February 2011}}}}</ref> Beginning with the [[2012 NLL season]], U.S. broadcast rights will shift to [[CBS Sports Network]], which will carry eight regular season games, all of them live.<ref>{{cite news |title=Bandits notebook: New TV package |first=Budd |last=Bailey |url=http://blogs.buffalonews.com/sports_ink/2011/11/bandits-notebook-new-tv-package.html |newspaper=[[The Buffalo News]] |publisher=[[Berkshire Hathaway]] |date={{date|November 14, 2011}} |accessdate={{date|November 15, 2011}}}}</ref> In Canada, [[The Sports Network|TSN]] and [[TSN2]] also airs NLL games, however their game coverage is primarily focused on the Toronto Rock. In 2012, the NLL reached an agreement with The Lacrosse Network, a partnered Youtube channel, to distribute all of the seasons games onto Youtube. All games will be available on youtube after the broadcast and most games are broadcasted LIVE on youtube.com/thelacrossenetwork.
 
 
Also in 2007, the NLL signed an agreement with [[Sirius Satellite Radio]], who has been named "Official Satellite Radio Partner". The pact includes a "Game of the Week" as well as weekly highlight show.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=2709 |title=NLL & Sirius Sign Broadcasting Agreement |work=NLL.com |date={{date|February 1, 2007}} |accessdate={{date|2007-02-28}}}}</ref>
 
 
Since the 2009 season, all NLL games have been carried on the [[streaming video]] platform and web site [[Livestream]]<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=4160 |title=NLL & Livestream Extend Broadcast Terms |work=NLL.com |date={{date|January 7, 2010}} |accessdate={{date|2010-01-12}}}}</ref> The TSN/TSN2 coverage is also available on [[ESPN3]].
 
 
The league is covered by websites and outlets such as the Toronto Sun, Yahoo, and select radio stations in Canada. Website coverage includes IL Indoor and In Lax We Trust.
 
 
== Video games ==
 
In May 2001, ''[[Blast Lacrosse]]'', a video game based on the NLL, was released. It was the first lacrosse video game ever and included all nine teams of their [[2001 NLL season|15th season]], including mascots.
 
 
On February 15, 2005, the NLL announced that [[Activision]] would produce a new video game. The game was slated to be released for the 2007 season.<ref>{{cite web |title=Activision Value to create NLL video game |work=NLL.com |date={{date|February 15, 2005}} |url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=1097 |accessdate={{date|2006-11-27}}}}</ref> In an online chat held on NLL.com with commissioner Jim Jennings, it was noted that the game would be out in 2009,<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3133 |title=Recap of Fan Chat With Commissioner |work=NLL.com |date={{date|October 29, 2007}} |accessdate={{date|2007-10-31}}}}</ref> however the game was never released.
 
 
On March 31, 2010, the NLL announced it had partnered with Crosse Studio and Triple B Games to develop ''NLL Lacrosse 2010'' presented by [[Reebok|Reebok Lacrosse]]. The game was released exclusively on the [[Xbox 360]] as an [[Xbox Live Indie Games|Indie Game]] on April 23, 2010.<ref name="video game">{{cite web|title=League Announces New Video Game|work=NLL.com|date={{date|31 March 2010}}|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=4396|accessdate={{date|31 March 2010}}}}</ref> Crosse Studio and Triple B Games developed ''[[Inside Lacrosse's College Lacrosse 2010]]'' in 2009 before approaching the NLL to license their next game.<ref>{{cite web|title=Indie Sports Game Unites Developer's Dream with a League's Ambition|work=[[Kotaku]]|date={{date|31 March 2010}}|url=http://kotaku.com/5506761/indie-sports-game-unites-developers-dream-with-a-leagues-ambition|accessdate={{date|31 March 2010}}}}</ref>
 
The NLL game won Kotaku's Indie Sports video game of the year for 2010.
 
 
==Player origin==
 
Although six of the league's nine teams are based in the United States, over 75% of the players are [[Canada|Canadian]]. Approximately half of the league's players originate within 75 miles (125&nbsp;km) of Toronto.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.mnswarm.com/fancenter/HistoryofNLL.asp|title=History of National Lacrosse League|accessdate={{date|2009-10-23}}|work=[[Minnesota Swarm]] website}}{{dead link|date=December 2011}}</ref>
 
 
The remainder are [[United States|American]], with a select few [[Europe]]ans and [[Australia]]ns. A number of players are [[Iroquois]]; the sport of lacrosse considers the Iroquois/Haudenosaunee, who's tribes span the U.S.-Canadian border, as [[Iroquois Nationals|a separate country]] for the purpose of international competition.{{fact| date=February 2013}}
 
 
==Awards==
 
* [[National Lacrosse League Weekly Awards]]
 
* [[National Lacrosse League Monthly Awards]]
 
* [[National Lacrosse League MVP Award|MVP Award]]
 
* [[National Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year Award|Rookie of the Year Award]]
 
* [[Les Bartley Award]] (coach of the year)
 
* [[National Lacrosse League GM of the Year Award|GM of the Year Award]]
 
* [[National Lacrosse League Executive of the Year Award|Executive of the Year Award]]
 
* [[National Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year Award|Defensive Player of the Year Award]]
 
* [[National Lacrosse League Transition Player of the Year Award|Transition Player of the Year Award]]
 
* [[National Lacrosse League Goaltender of the Year Award|Goaltender of the Year Award]]
 
* [[National Lacrosse League Sportsmanship Award|Sportsmanship Award]]
 
* [[Tom Borrelli Award]] (writer of the year)
 
 
== See also ==
 
* [[North American Lacrosse League]], a new secondary box lacrosse league in the United States set to begin play in 2012
 
* [[Major League Lacrosse]], the professional men's [[field lacrosse]] league in North America
 
* [[List of professional sports teams in the United States and Canada]]
 
 
== References ==
 
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== External links ==
 
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* {{official website|http://www.nll.com/}}
 
* [http://www.lacrosse-network.com/outsidersguide/index.htm Outsider's Guide to the National Lacrosse League]
 
* [http://lax-tv.com/html/1985_superseries.php 1985 USA/Canada Superseries on Lax-TV.com]
 
 
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