The Premier Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse are merging.
Professional outdoor lacrosse will become a single entity operating under the PLL, which is financially backed by Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai, The Raine Group and Creative Artists Agency.
With the merger, the PLL will expand to include the MLL’s Boston Cannons as its eighth club. The PLL also retains the rights to the MLL’s other five clubs for future expansion opportunities.
The PLL has helped attract major companies to lacrosse:
- Vineyard Vines
- Capital One
The league also has a media rights contract with NBC, which advertises PLL lacrosse during coverage of other sports like the NFL and NHL.
Co-founded in 2018 by former star MLL player Paul Rabil, the PLL had an average salary of $35,000 in its inaugural 2019 season compared to the MLL’s $8,000 average in 2018. PLL players also receive health care benefits and stock options in the league.