Travel in the National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League is unique among professional sports leagues. Many a nuance sets the league apart.

Times when a team doesn’t play for two or three weeks then, saddled with a Friday night game in say, Vancouver, then trekking across the continent for a Sunday afternoon contest in New England only to have two more weeks off.

Another facet is trading. With the league make-up, the players have full-time jobs and family ties to a specific area making a relocation a near impossibility. Another factor that, for the most part, is not noticed by the fans is the travel issue. Not only for a specific team but also, the players of that team.

Just because a player plays for a certain team or, City, if you will, does not mean he lives in or near that municipality. LaxPhilly had two friends look into the travel issues from both areas I mentioned.

Ross McLaughlin broke down he travel miles that each squad will log in the regular season. As you might expect, the West Division will log a lion’s share of the cumulative mileage. Could the travel and the stress of getting to an airport, dealing with the lines, jet lag, create a caveat to peak performance?

Breakdown of Miles by Team

On to the individual players… we have a breakdown for every player in the NLL. The numbers are cumulative for the entire season. We want to Thank Chre Teitelbaum for putting this together. Part-time, weekend job? A job of players is spending more time traveling in an 18 game season that most people spend in their lives. A huge Thank You to Ross and also, Chre Teitelbaum for providing the player numbers!

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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