Launch among teams contracted by the MLL
Major League Lacrosse has announced that the Florida Launch is one of three teams to be contracted for the upcoming
2019 campaign. On Monday, the
19-year-old league notified their franchises that the organization will be restructuring to focus on expanding in strategic markets.
The league also acknowledged the decision was part of their plan to seek a broadcast partner after reacquiring their media rights earlier in the week.
Along with the Florida Launch, the Ohio Machine and the Charlotte Hounds were also contracted to bring the league to six teams.
All business partner and season ticket members will be contacted to receive a full refund, according to the league.
The Launch were set to enter their sixth season and aiming to improve upon last year’s 5-9 record.
In their five year history, Florida qualified for the MLL playoffs once but lost in the semifinals 18-13 to the Ohio Machine. The team finished its short tenure with a 26-44 all-time record.
The Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Dallas Rattlers, Denver Outlaws and the New York Lizards still operate within the league.
After the construction on American Legion Memorial Stadium, the Charlotte Hounds will return to the league in 2021 under new ownership. League officials also announced that discussions are active for potential expansion with new owners for teams for the 2020 season.
Florida Launch attackman Dylan Molloy, left, brings the ball upfield last season against the Dallas Rattlers at the Ford Center in Dallas.