North America’s Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) has agreed a four-year domestic media rights deal with ESPN, the major sports broadcaster.
The agreement begins with the 2022 season and will see ESPN show games across its linear TV and cable channels and ESPN+ streaming platform.
ESPN replaces national network NBC, which had held domestic rights to the PLL since it was founded in 2018.
The 2021 season was shown in the US by Peacock, the sports streaming owned by NBC.
The league’s fourth season is scheduled to begin on June 4, with 47 games to be played across 13 US cities, as well as an All-Star game, the playoffs, and Championship Weekend on September 17.
PLL games will air exclusively across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+, with all 47 games available to stream on ESPN+.
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Paul Rabil, PLL co-founder and president said: “We’re thrilled to announce our new agreement with ESPN. It’s a testament to our gameday experience, the business teams at the PLL, growing interest level and engagement of a global lacrosse audience, as well as ESPN’s foresight and meaningful investment into a game that’s indigenous to North America – one of the fastest-growing in the US today.”
Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN and sports content, added: “This new agreement will maximize exposure for the league and sport as a whole, with a number of events on linear television and all games being available direct to consumer.”