BOSTON, Mass. (February 2, 2012) – Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) announced Thursday the television schedule for the 2012 season. The network will air live 14 nationally televised games in addition to all 18 episodes of ‘Inside the MLL,’ the League’s 30-minute magazine show.
“We are very excited about this new partnership with CBS Sports Network,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “We’re thrilled to bring 14 live games to fans in addition to our magazine show ‘Inside the MLL,’ which will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Major League Lacrosse and its star players.”
The first nationally televised game of the season will be Friday, June 1 featuring a matchup between the MLL Champion Boston Cannons and the Rochester Rattlers at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. The game will air live at 7:00 PM, ET on CBS Sports Network. CBSSN will feature several high profile games this season, including the Denver Outlaws’ annual fireworks game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Wednesday, July 4. The Outlaws will play the expansion Ohio Machine at 9:00 PM, ET. Additionally, CBSSN will televise a number of games featuring two of MLL’s 2012 expansion teams, the Charlotte Hounds and the Ohio Machine.
In addition to regular season matchups, CBSSN will also air the second Semi-Final Game on Saturday, August 25 during the 2012 MLL Championship Weekend in Boston, Mass. The No. 2 seed will play the No. 3 seed at 4:00 PM, ET.
Play by play announcer Dave Ryan and analyst Evan Washburn will call the MLL action. Both Ryan and Washburn were announcers for the Rochester Rattlers last season. Washburn also will be the host of “Inside the MLL,” along with features reporter Chantel McCabe.
CBS Sports Network is seen in 45 million homes and is available to 98 million households across the country. The Network is available through local cable and video providers and nationally via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and DISH Network Channel 152. CBS Sports Network is also available in Canada on the following video providers: Bell TV, Eastlink, Cogeco, Rogers, Bell Aliant, and Sasktel.
For more information and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
For the full 2012 Major League Lacrosse Schedule click here.
About Major League Lacrosse:
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001 and will enter its twelfth season in 2012. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of eight teams: The Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Long Island Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers.
About CBS Sports Network:
CBS Sports Network, the cable channel of CBS Sports, features comprehensive sports programming. The Network covers more than 300 live games annually, showcasing 30 men’s and women’s sports, in addition to a variety of studio shows, documentaries and original programs. CBSSN’s live programming is highlighted by college sports including, teams from the Mountain West, Conference USA, Atlantic 10, Patriot League, the United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy, as well as Major League Lacrosse and National Lacrosse League. The Network also airs the weekday “Tim Brando Show” and is the new home of Professional Bull Riders (PBR).
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers on Verizon FiOS Channel 94 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 643 (1643 in HD) and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 152. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.