"I think that fans will be very excited when they see the schedule that ESPN has put together for us this season," said Gross. "Not only does this schedule feature some great match-ups, but amongst the live broadcasts you're also getting the All-Star Game, the first Semi-Final Game, and the NB ZIP Championship Game. This is our sixth season with ESPN and they have proven to be a most valued partner in helping grow the MLL and the entire sport of lacrosse."
ESPN2 has been the national television home of Major League Lacrosse since 2003, when the two parties agreed on a two-year commitment. In 2004, ESPN aired the New Balance Championship Game, making it the first live national telecast of a Major League Lacrosse competition. In November of that same year, ESPN and MLL agreed on another two-year contract. In 2007, Major League Lacrosse and ESPN signed a multi-year agreement which extends their relationship through the 2016 season.
Last season, ESPN introduced goalie cams, telestrators, and player microphones to the MLL broadcasts in an effort to give fans a better feeling for the intense action that takes place on the field. Also, all of last season's games were broadcast in high-definition for the first time. Prior to the start of the 2007 season, ESPN sold presenting sponsorship of their MLL telecasts to the U.S. Marine Corps. And earlier this month, the league announced that DICK'S Sporting Goods would become the presenting sponsor of the helmet cam.
The 2008 national broadcast schedule kicks off live from Harvard Stadium on Friday, May 23rd when the Boston Cannons host the Rochester Rattlers.
2008 Major League Lacrosse Television Schedule on ESPN2
Game Date Teams Game Time Air Date Air Time (ET) (ET)
Friday, May 23 Rochester @ Boston 7:00 PM Friday, May 23 7:00 PM
Thursday, June 5+ Philadelphia @ Long Island 7:00 PM Thursday, June 5 9:00 PM
Thursday, June 19 Washington @ Boston 7:30 PM Thursday, June 19 7:30 PM
Friday, July 4 San Francisco @ Denver 9:00 PM Tuesday, July 8 3:30 PM
Saturday, July 12 Denver @ Los Angeles 10:00 PM Tuesday, July 15 3:30 PM
Thursday, July 17 MLL All-Star Game 10:00 PM Thursday, July 17 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 26 Chicago @ Denver 9:00 PM Tuesday, July 29 3:30 PM
Saturday, August 2 Philadelphia @ Boston 7:00 PM Tuesday, August 5 3:30 PM
Saturday, August 9 San Francisco @ Los Angeles 10:00 PM Tuesday, August 12 3:30 PM
Saturday, August 23 NB ZIP Semi-Final Game 12:00 PM Saturday, August 23 12:00 PM
Sunday, August 24 NB ZIP Championship Game 1:00 PM Sunday, August 24 1:00 PM