John Paul, the first ever coach of Michigan Varsity Lacrosse, has supposedly accepted a head coaching job in the PLL, the Premier Lacrosse League. This is a new league starting in 2019 featuring the best players in the sport including names like Paul Rabil, Tom Schreiber, Kyle Harrison, Brodie Merrill, Myles Jones, and Michigan's current assistant coach, Justin Turri.
What's different about this league? It's veering from the traditional franchise model. The MLL, Major League Lacrosse, has 9 teams in cities around the US including Dallas, Denver, NYC, Boston, Columbus, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, and Baltimore. In the PLL's model, teams will not be bound to cities, but travel from city to city. It's similar concept to those 3v3 basketball leagues in the summer, and the $1 Million ESPN Basketball Tournament. The PLL will be holding games in 12 different cities over the course of its 14-week season.
The PLL will have six teams competing each weekend, and we know now John Paul will be one of the coaches for those teams. Good to see that he didn't give up on the sport and continued to stay involved with the sport after UM let him go last spring. Hopefully it pays off for him.
For those who don't follow lacrosse, what do you think of this touring model for professional sports? Do you think it could ever replace the current franchise model?