Launch among teams con­tracted by the MLL

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Golf | Auto Racing - By Brett Sh­weky

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.

COUR­TESY OF JEROME MIRON

Florida Launch at­tack­man Dy­lan Mol­loy, left, brings the ball up­field last sea­son against the Dal­las Rat­tlers at the Ford Cen­ter in Dal­las.

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