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…

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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