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NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE TAKES THE FIELD & HITS THE NET
Published January 6, 1998
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) debuted on January 3 and Sal Maiorana of the Rochester DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE wrote that it is "strong and exciting ... with a solid framework and plenty of room and ability to grow, thus bringing normalcy to a sport that has been on the brink of madness for years." All seven NLL teams are individually owned, with each owner responsible for "all aspects of his team's business," including ticket sales, PR, advertising and marketing, drafting and signing players and arranging transportation and housing. Players are paid anywhere from $350 per game (rookie scale) to as much as $1,100 per game. The NLL has set up an office at Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo led by Commissioner Jon Livsey. There will also be "at least" a game of the week telecast on three separate RSNs -- Empire in NY, HTS in MD and Comcast in Philadelphia, and Maiorana added that ESPN "is interested in televising playoff games" (Rochester DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 1/1). WEB WARE: The NLL debuted its official website at be- lax.com, designed by NY-based Web Technologies (NLL).