With the NLL/ESPN announcement of a “multi-year” agreement between the two entities euphoria abounds.
WHAT IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT?
Simply this, ESPN and its entities will broadcast not a game here and there, but, EVERY game! Is there a downside? Not at all, sure, cynics will state that in-house attendance will suffer. That is probably true but, the revenue of the contract and, what will be an increased cost for an expansion city, should, pardon the cliche, have the end justify the means.
HOW WILL IT HELP THE GAME?
With restrictions in place, fans won’t be comfortable dealing with building protocol and simply won’t attend. With this deal, the guy who would attend games, can now affordably expose his significant other, offspring, and neighbor kids to the fastest game on two feet.
So, just by having a portion of their audience never leave the abode, the NLL can cultivate a younger fan base. Isn’t that what we all want? The post-game meetings between players and fans may take a dip. Is that something to concern ourselves with? I think not.
As little as five years ago, there was next to if not any coverage of any sort. Nick Sakiewicz has trotted out a few samples designed to gauge the temperature of the viewing market. I feel I can speak for the masses….great job all around! The NLL/ESPN announcement of a “multi-year” agreement can be huge for both involved.
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.