April 16, 2019
ESPN to Air Women’s Professional Lacrosse League Regular Season Matchups and Championship Game
For the first time ever, the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) will be shown across ESPN networks this season. The 10-game regular season, which kicks off Sunday, June 2, will air on ESPN3 and the ESPN App. Postseason play will include the semifinals on ESPN3, with the championship game on Sunday, July 28, on ESPNU. This season, the WPLL will travel to five states and play at five of top lacrosse venues in the United States.
“ESPN has always been a strong proponent of women’s athletics and this agreement will help us showcase the best female lacrosse players across ESPN platforms”, said Michele DeJuliis, WPLL Founder and CEO. “In addition to working together to distribute our games, we will also be working with the espnW team to provide deeper editorial coverage of the league and the players. With top athletes like Taylor Cummings, Kylie Ohlmiller, Marie McCool and the addition of new players from the upcoming 2019 College Draft, we are thrilled to bring the fans the most competitive women’s lacrosse games that the world has ever seen”, added DeJuliis.
The 2019 WPLL Season kicks off on June 2, with a doubleheader -- Pride vs. Fight and Command vs. Fire – at Gillette Stadium. Action continues on June 22, in Baltimore, followed by stops in Richmond, Va. (June 14 and 15), Philadelphia (July 6), and Long Island (July 20).
“ESPN’s commitment and coverage of women’s sports is unprecedented, with more than 240 lacrosse matchups this season alone,” said Dan Margulis, ESPN senior director of programming and acquisitions. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase the WPLL this season across ESPNU, ESPN3 and the ESPN App.”
Featuring the top post-collegiate women’s lacrosse players in the world, the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League gives players an opportunity to continue their playing careers well after graduation while also working to empower the next generation of talent through the WPLL Futures Program.
About the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League
Founded in 2017 by 4x All-American, and two-time World Champion Michele DeJuliis, the WPLL is a professional league made up of 125 of the top post-collegiate female lacrosse players in the world and a youth development league connecting with the top high school players in the country. For both our professional and our youth players, the WPLL prioritizes character development as a means to excel in life on and off the field. The WPLL uses lacrosse as a vehicle to provide girls with skills that allow them to not only become better athletes, but also grow into confident and brave women. For more information, visit prowomenslax.com, and follow on social media:
ESPN media contact: Anna Negron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-766-2233; @ItsAnnaNegron
WPLL Media Contact: Sam Jaffe at email@example.com