Slate of Matchups Begins with NLL Faceoff Weekend December 2nd Battle Between Philadelphia and New York on ESPN2; ESPN+ to Again Stream Every Game Throughout 2023-24 NLL Season
The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world, and ESPN today announced the schedule of 10 games to be broadcast on its ESPN2 and ESPNU linear platforms during the 2023-24 season. The slate begins on NLL Faceoff Weekend when Philadelphia visits New York (7:30 p.m. ET/ESPN2). The Sports Techie community blog anticipates that ESPN will help drive viewer excitement for both box lacrosse and sixes, the latter, an official designated sport once again for the LA28 Olympic Games, beyond 2024 as the network is expected to launch their own ESPN direct-to-consumer (DTC) streaming service as soon as 2025. To begin with this season, the defending Champion Buffalo Bandits will appear twice, including a rematch of the 2022-23 Finals against the Colorado Mammoth on April 5 at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT at Ball Arena.
“The continued success of our ESPN linear broadcasts demonstrates the appeal of our league across diverse demographics and fan bases nationwide,” said NLL Commissioner Brett Frood. “These carefully selected matchups highlight our world-class athletes and rivalries within our new Unified Standings format, and the exposure on ESPN2 and ESPNU helps us retain and grow new interest in our sport.”
The ESPN linear schedule is as follows and is available on the NLL website (schedule subject to change, all times ET):
- Saturday, December 2, 2023: Philadelphia Wings at New York Riptide, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2 (broadcast team: Brendan Glasheen, play-by-play; Mitch Belisle, analyst; Ashley Miller, sideline)
- Saturday, December 30, 2023: New York Riptide at Toronto Rock, 4 p.m., ESPNU
- Friday, January 12, 2024: San Diego Seals at Las Vegas Desert Dogs, 10 p.m., ESPNU
- Sunday, February 4, 2024: Colorado Mammoth at San Diego Seals, 6 p.m., ESPNU
- Friday, February 9, 2024: Colorado Mammoth at Panther City Lacrosse Club, 9 p.m., ESPNU
- Friday, February 23, 2024: Georgia Swarm at San Diego Seals, 11 p.m., ESPNU
- Friday, March 1, 2024: Toronto Rock at Las Vegas Desert Dogs, 10 p.m., ESPNU
- Friday, April 5, 2024: Buffalo Bandits at Colorado Mammoth, 9 p.m., ESPNU
- Sunday, April 14, 2024: Albany FireWolves at Panther City Lacrosse Club, 5 p.m., ESPNU
- Saturday, April 20, 2024: Buffalo Bandits at Las Vegas Desert Dogs, 10 p.m., ESPNU
In addition to the ESPNU and ESPN2 schedule, every NLL game throughout the regular season and playoffs will be streamed on ESPN+ in the U.S. as well as TSN+ in Canada.
The 2023-24 NLL season will commence with NLL Faceoff Weekend on December 1-2. The full NLL regular season schedule is available at https://www.nll.com/schedule/full-schedule/.
Sports Techie, as mentioned, the future hope is this ten game linear slate on ESPN2 and ESPNU is just the tip of the digital iceberg for the NLL because ESPN may have a DTC offering as soon as 2025, meaning live and OnDemand sports content will be even more of a premium. Box lacrosse fans can look forward to watching more NLL game via streaming should this arrangement continue into 2025 and beyond.
Living in the now, get excited for Saturday, December 2, when the Philadelphia Wings play at the New York Riptide at 7:30 p.m., broadcasting live on ESPN2.
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