Expansion

Kevin.M. Neibauer.

LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

Outgoing NLL Commissioner, Nick Sakiewicz committed to a big expansion plan.

Most cases, expansion teams take a few seasons to get their legs under them

Philadelphia and San Diego following what I call the “Sakiewicz Plan”, were competitive from their first day.

The shortened then cancelled seasons dampered the success or shortcomings of teams.

After the smoke cleared, San Diego and Philadelphia seemed to be among the prime of the National Lacrosse League.

There is a reason the adage is, “It’s a long season”

The Wings suddenly lost their scoring touch with the Seals having weaknesses exposed.

How they finish remains to play out.

New York and Rochester were next in the frame.

New York, while eliminated from post season play, are built around generational talent, Jeff Teat.

They will be in the mix for years to come.

Rochester, despite a less than stellar campaign, hold draft picks and, like New York, will be a force.

Off to Panther City…a team that is following the New York blueprint.

Opening eyes with a tremendous offense and will only get stronger with Jonathan Donville going Patrick Dodds et all in the coming seasons.

Yet another team is joining the mix in Las Vegas…Will GM/Coach Shawn Williams go for a “Win Now” or build a potential dynasty?

Stay tuned…

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.

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