April 2, 2009

MLL, ESPN Release 2009 TV Schedule

from press release

BOSTON -- Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, and ESPN, "The Worldwide Leader inSports," have announced the 2009 MLL telecast schedule. The network will telecast 11 MLL games this season, including the MLL All-Star Game, the New Balance Semi-Final Game and the New Balance Championship Game on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com, ESPN's broadband content platform. All live games will be aired in high definition on ESPN2.

Play by play announcer Joe Beninati and analyst Quint Kessenich (four-time Johns Hopkins All-American) will call all 11 games, while referee microphones will give viewers an inside, intense look at the action taking place on the field

The 2009 national television schedule released today by MLL Commissioner David Gross includes eight regular season games, as well as live telecasts of the 2009 All-Star Game from Denver, Colo. (July 16), the first of two semi-finals (August 22) and the New Balance Championship Game (August 23) from Annapolis, Md

"Fans of Major League Lacrosse are in for a treat this summer. Each MLL team will compete on an ESPN2 telecast during the 2009 season, and with the concentration of talent on every MLL roster this schedule features some of our most competitive match-ups to date," said Gross. "By showcasing the All-Star Game, our first Semi-Final game, and the New Balance Championship Game, ESPN continues to help expand the League's overall exposure.

The 2009 MLL telecast schedule kicks off on May 21 with the Long Island Lizards hosting the Washington Bayhawks at 11:30 p.m. ET. On June 25, The Toronto Nationals, the newest MLL team, will travel to Boston to face the Cannons in the first live telecast of the season. The complete 2009 MLL telecast schedule is below

2009 Major League Lacrosse Television Schedule on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and ESPN360.com


Thursday, May 21 - Washington at Long Island 11:30 PM ESPN2/ ESPN360.com

Thursday, June 4 - Toronto at Washington 9:30 PM ESPN2

Thursday, June 25 - Toronto at Boston 7:00 PM ESPN2/ ESPN2 HD/ ESPN360.com

Tuesday, July 7 - Boston at Denver 2:00 PM ESPN2

Tuesday, July 14 - Boston at Long Island 2:00 PM ESPN2

Thursday, July 16 - All-Star Game 10:00 PM ESPN2/ ESPN2 HD/ ESPN360.com

Tuesday, July 28 - Long Island at Denver 2:00 PM ESPN2

Tuesday, August 4 - Chicago at Washington 2:00 PM ESPN2

Tuesday, August 11 - Denver at Toronto 2:00 PM ESPN2

Saturday, August 22 - New Balance Semi-Final #1 12:00 PM ESPN2/ ESPN2 HD/ ESPN360.com

Sunday, August 23 - New Balance Championship 1:00 PM ESPN2/ ESPN2 HD/ ESPN360.co

ESPN2 has been the national television home of Major League Lacrosse since 2003, and in 2004 aired the New Balance Championship Game, making it the first live national telecast of a Major League Lacrosse competition. In 2007, Major League Lacrosse and ESPN signed a multi-year agreement which extends their relationship through the 2016 season.

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