NLL Expanding to Long Island

Photo Courtesy of Rochester Knighthawks

As of recent we have seen a massive wave of expansion sweep across the National Lacrosse League. It started with the addition of the San Diego Seals and Philadelphia Wings last year. This year we have seen Halifax be awarded a franchise as Rochester will move there in 2019-20 and Rochester will be awarded a "new" franchise with the same Knighthawks name. As there have been rumblings of more franchises coming soon sources say that the NLL is nearing a deal to bring a team to Long Island.

The Nassau Coliseum on Long Island will be the home of the soon to be Long Island NLL franchise as it also plays part-time home to the NHL's New York Islander's. The Nassau Coliseum is controlled by the Brooklyn Nets parent company BSE Global. Joe Tsai who owns the San Diego Seals is also a majority owner of the Brooklyn Nets and we have heard of his intentions to bring the NLL to New York or Long Island for quite some time since he bought the Seals. 

This new Long Island franchise would be the next step in the grand plan that NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz has to get the league to 30 teams. NLL fans should expect an announcement and more news on this soon to come franchise in the coming months. This would also be the second pro lacrosse team on Long Island as the MLL's New York Lizards play at Hofstra University in Hempstead. 

There are also rumors that the NLL is in talks with the Golden State Warriors ownership group to bring an expansion team to San Francisco. There are many many other cities including Boston that are rumored to be receiving expansion franchises as well.