Let the Games Begin: Jacksonville… Meet Professional Lacrosse

If you have never seen lacrosse played then try to imagine football and baseball mixed with the unstopped action of hockey, soccer and basketball. Players hit each other with the force of football and hockey players but similar to hockey the players do not have the luxury of stopping between plays. Much like hockey they beat each other with sticks the entire game, but lacrosse players have fewer pads protecting them from. Not only taking beatings from titanium sticks but also a ball moving faster than Nolan Ryan ever imagined throwing which has been known to kill players with powerful impacts to the chest.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown welcomed an announcement Thursday that Jacksonville was selected as a site for a team in the new North American Lacrosse League (NALL) that begins play in January 2012. “We are thrilled to welcome the North American Lacrosse League to Jacksonville,” he said. “I have long touted Jacksonville’s attraction as a sports hub, and lacrosse will be a wonderful addition to the multiple sports franchises we already have in our city.” North American Lacrosse League Commissioner Phil Evans made the announcement that the league will place its third franchise for its inaugural season

at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial arena. President of Florida-based Equity Sports, and team owner Brett Vickers said, “We’re very excited about bringing an NALL expansion franchise to the Jacksonville market. We believe this market has the potential to be the number one market in the league.”

Jacksonville joins the Scranton Shamrocks and Charlotte, NC, as the first three franchises announced by NALL. During its inaugural season, teams will play a 12-game schedule, with additional exhibition games against international squads. For additional information on the NALL, visit its website at www.NorthAmericanLacrosseLeague.com.

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