April 16, 2013

Smartlink to Sponsor MLL Championship Weekend

from staff reports

BOSTON — Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Smartlink, naming the famed staffing and site development firm the official presenter of the 2013 MLL Championship Weekend at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa. August 24-25.

"We are very excited to partner with Smartlink for Championship Weekend," said MLL Commissioner David Gross. "Smartlink has been a strong supporter of the sport of lacrosse throughout the years and this partnership shows their continued dedication."

The partnership will provide Smartlink with corporate visibility and assets including commercial time during the national broadcasts of both semifinals and championship match on CBS Sports Network and ESPN2, as well as in-stadium branding and interactive space in the MLL Fan Zone throughout Championship Weekend which will now be designated "MLL Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink."

"Sponsoring Champ Weekend is another commitment to further the game of lacrosse. Lacrosse has been such a vital part of Smartlink's success and our partnership with MLL is a natural fit. We are looking forward to continuing our involvement for many seasons to come," said Brendan Kelly CEO of Smartlink, and owner of the MLL's Chesapeake Bayhawks.

Smartlink is a national industry leader providing staffing and site development services. The company is headquartered in Annapolis, Md., and its focus is specific to the development, engineering, and maintenance of new and existing infrastructure within the telecommunications, real estate, construction, engineering and IT industries.

Smartlink is no stranger to the sport of lacrosse. The company has sponsored and continues to support local club lacrosse teams, as well as youth summer and indoor leagues. Kelly is the current owner of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, who under head coach Dave Cottle, won their fourth MLL Championship in 2012.

Championship Weekend is the culmination of the MLL's season and one of its marquee events. It will pit the top four teams of the regular season against each other in a single-game direct-elimination format. Semi-finals will take place on Saturday, August 24 and the Championship Game on Sunday, August 25.

For more information on Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink please visit http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/championship-weekend/

The MLL season beings Saturday, April 27, with a pair of games. The Charlotte Hounds host the Denver Outlaws and the Rochester Rattlers will play the defending champion Bayhawks at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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