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SBD/June 29, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
MLL To Use All-Star Game As Test For Possible Expansion To South Florida
Published June 29, 2012
GROWING THE GAME: LACROSSE MAGAZINE's Corey McLaughlin noted while their "records may not reflect success -- the Ohio Machine is 1-6 and the Charlotte Hounds are 2-6 -- Gross said he's pleased with the first seasons of the league's pair of expansion franchises." League statistics show that the Hounds rank "third in average attendance (5,788), trailing only" the Boston Cannons and Chesapeake Bayhawks. The Machine "ranks sixth (3,656)." Gross said, "Expansion has gone very well. I'm sure both Charlotte and Ohio wish they had a better win-loss record, but the fan support that they've received in both markets has been very good and we expect that to continue to build." He added, "We're not going to have expansion in 2013. The earliest at this point will be '14." McLaughlin noted if there "will be expansion in 2014, it will be announced in January" (LAXMAGAZINE.com, 6/27).