BOSTON, Mass. (Wednesday, February 15, 2012) – The 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) season will feature six games on ESPN2 and 42 regular-season games delivered live on ESPN3 as the 12th season of MLL action is slated to begin Saturday, April 28, with a tripleheader. With the league expansion of Charlotte and Ohio, MLL has a record number of games across ESPN networks. In addition, the MLL All-Star Game and the MLL Championship Weekend will air on ESPN2, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
The season opens with a tripleheader on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. ET, featuring Rochester at Boston, Denver at Charlotte and Chesapeake at Long Island. ESPN2, ESPN3 and WatchESPN will also air three regular-season games – Rochester at Long Island on Saturday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m., Charlotte at Denver on Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m. and Chesapeake at Boston on Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m.
The 2012 MLL All-Star Game will take place at FAU Stadium in Palm Beach County, Fla., Saturday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, ESPN3 and WatchESPN. The season will culminate with the MLL Championship Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 & 26, at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Mass., airing the first semifinal and the championship game on ESPN2, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
Play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati and analyst Quint Kessenich will once again serve as the commentator team for the MLL telecasts on ESPN2. Beninati will be returning for his 11th season, while Kessenich will begin his 12th with MLL. A variety of commentators will be utilized for ESPN3 including play-by-play announcers Beninati, Todd Bell, Jason Chandler, , Mike Evans, Scott Garceau, Eamon McAnaney, Dave Ryan and Tom Werme, along with analysts Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra, Brian Shanahan, Evan Washburn and Ron Zwerin.
ESPN has been the national television home of Major League Lacrosse since 2003, and in 2004 aired the New Balance Championship Game – the first live national telecast of a Major League Lacrosse competition.
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com. It is currently available to over 71 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks. It is also accessible through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app through an affiliated provider.
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.
The 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft will take place on January 13, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. The 2012 season will commence on April 28, 2012. More information about the league can be found at www.majorleaguelacrosse.com, Facebook or Twitter.