|Daniel Had Been Serving As Interim|
Commissioner Since January
The NLL has retained George Daniel as Commissioner through the '11 season. Daniel, who has worked with the league in a variety of roles since '00, had been serving as Interim Commissioner since the departure of Jim Jennings in January. The league’s BOG unanimously confirmed Daniel’s appointment at their annual meetings in Philadelphia three weeks ago. Philadelphia Wings Owner & President Russ Cline said there were others interested in the position, but after reviewing Daniel’s qualifications, the BOG decided to move forward. “George was the perfect person at this particular time,” said Cline. “In his interim role he really stepped up in the eyes of ownership to the leadership we needed.” Cline said the league’s governors wanted to rework the commissioner role to have the person in that position spend more time on issues such as labor negotiations, while finding outside help for issues such as marketing and media. To that end, Daniel currently is leading negotiations with IMG for the league’s media and sponsorship rights. “We were looking for a person who will direct our daily operations, manage staff effectively, deal with finishing up our player contract, enforce the bylaws of the league and have governors integrally involved in the operation,” said Cline. He added the new commissioner in the next two years will be charged with working on the league’s relationship with the players' association and managing the league’s budget.