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Thursday, June 13th, 2019
PREMIER LACROSSE LEAGUE CONTINUES ON NBC THIS SUNDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET FROM CHICAGO’S SEATGEEK STADIUM
Sunday – Chrome LC vs. Atlas LC at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Atlas LC’s Paul Rabil & Ryan Brown, and Chrome LC’s Justin Guterding to be Mic’d Up for Under-the-Helmet Interviews during Sunday’s Broadcast on NBC
Saturday Doubleheader – Chaos-Redwoods at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold, Followed by Archers-Whipsnakes at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Chaos-Atlas Week 2 Game on NBC is Most-Watched Outdoor Pro Lacrosse Game in History
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 13, 2019 – The Premier Lacrosse League’s inaugural season continues on NBC this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET from SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill., for its third stop of its 14-week national tour, as Justin Guterding and Chrome LC take on Paul Rabil and Atlas LC. Saturday’s doubleheader at SeatGeek Stadium will feature Chaos-Redwoods at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold’s “Premier Lacrosse League Pass”, followed by Archers-Whipsnakes at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
NBC Sports’ Paul Burmeister will host this weekend’s coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold, while NBC Sports Brendan Burke (play-by-play) and Ryan Boyle (PLL analyst) will call the games from SeatGeek Stadium, alongside reporter Chantel McCabe. During each game, a player analyst from one of the six PLL teams will join Paul Burmeister between the benches to call a portion of the game from the field.
For each game throughout the PLL season, players from each team will be mic’d up for under-the-helmet interviews with analyst Ryan Boyle up in the booth. Players will be wired up 75 minutes prior to the game in the locker room. For Sunday’s broadcast on NBC, Justin Guterding of Chrome, Paul Rabil of Atlas, and Ryan Brown of Atlas will be mic’d up for under-the-helmet interviews. Click here to see last week’s under-the-helmet interview with Atlas LC’s Kieran McArdle following his goal against Chaos LC.
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Following is this weekend’s PLL coverage across NBC Sports:
|DATE||TIME (ET)||GAME||PLAYER ANALYST||PLATFORM|
|Sat., June 15||2 p.m.||Chaos at Redwoods||Kyle Hartzell
|NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., June 15||5 p.m.||Archers at Whipsnakes||Justin Guterding (Chrome)||NBCSN*|
|Sun., June 16||2:30 p.m.||Chrome as Atlas||Kyle Harrison
For the entire 2019 PLL schedule and more details on NBC Sports’ comprehensive coverage of the PLL’s inaugural season across NBC Sports platforms, click here.
*All television coverage simultaneously live streams via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Following the first two weeks of play, the PLL has seen three overtime contests and four one-goal difference games. The action continues this weekend with the following matchups:
CHAOS LC (1-1) VS. REDWOODS LC (1-1) – Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold
Chaos LC looks to notch their second win of the season this weekend following an 18-13 victory over Atlas LC in Week 2. Despite an Atlas goal within the first eight seconds of the game, Chaos responded with five straight goals, most notably two two-pointer from Matt Rees in the five-goal run. Chaos attackman Connor Fields had a strong performance in the effort with two goals. Teammate Miles Thompson scored four goals against the Atlas defense, highlighted by a behind-the-back goal. Chaos looks to build on this success in Week 3.
Redwoods LC was handed their first loss of the season in Week 2 by Archers LC, 10-9. Overall, the Redwoods’ six-on-six offense didn’t create enough opportunities to respond to the strong performance by the Archers. Redwoods relied heavily on Sergio Salcido (1G, 1A), Brent Adams (1G) and others in transition last week; without that spark in fast and slow break scenarios, this offense struggled. They will look to bounce back this weekend against Chaos this weekend in Chicago.
ARCHERS (2-0) VS. WHIPSNAKES LC (2-0) – Saturday, June 15, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Both Archers LC and Whipsnakes LC remain undefeated through the first two weeks of the PLL season. Archers LC topped the Redwoods last weekend at Red Bull Arena, 10-9. Their best offense came from pairing any two of Marcus Holman (1G, 2A), Tom Schreiber (2G, 1A) and Kevin Rice (1A) together behind the cage. Down the stretch, Ben McIntosh (2G) and Ryan Ambler (1G, 1A) “hit singles” by winning their one-on-one matchups.
For the second straight week, the Whipsnakes took home a victory in overtime. Great communication off the bat for the Whipsnakes’ offense led to three goals early on by Mike Chanenchuk, John Haus, and Michael Ehrhardt. Ryan Drenner had a dominant performance this week, with the goal to lead his team to victory. Whipsnakes LC will look to hand Archers LC its first loss of the season this weekend.
CHROME (0-2) VS. ATLAS (0-2) – Sunday, June 16, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Atlas LC and Chrome LC each look to notch their first win of the season this weekend after both losing their first two games of the season. Chrome LC lost its second game of the season to Whipsnakes in overtime last weekend, 12-11. Defense started the game strong, and goals from John Ranagan, Justin Guterding, and Max Tuttle kept Chrome in the game and take it into overtime. Chrome’s offense was also helped by their new face-off athlete Connor Farrell, who was 11-of-12 in faceoffs through the start of the fourth quarter – but it was Whipsnakes LC that took home the victory in OT. Chrome looks to take home its first win of the season this weekend against Atlas on NBC.
Ryan Brown got Sunday’s Atlas-Chaos matchup off to a hot start by scoring a goal for Atlas within eight seconds, but Chaos responded quickly and often. Connor Buczek was one of the bright spots for Atlas despite leaving the game with a dislocated shoulder before having it popped back into place. Upon his return to the game, Buczek scored a two-pointer, but Atlas was unable to complete a comeback and lost to Chaos, 18-13. Paul Rabil’s Atlas LC looks to rebound from their first two losses of the season against Chrome this weekend.
CHAOS-ATLAS WEEK 2 GAME ON NBC IS MOST-WATCHED OUTDOOR PRO LACROSSE GAME IN HISTORY
Sunday’s game (2-4 pm ET) between Chaos LC and Atlas LC on NBC averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 412,000 viewers across NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, making it the most-watched outdoor pro lacrosse game in history and the most-watched pro lacrosse game in 14 years (2005, NLL indoor championship, Toronto-Arizona, 689,000 viewers on NBC).
In addition, Saturday’s Redwoods-Archers game on NBCSN averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 60,000 viewers across NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
ABOUT THE PREMIER LACROSSE LEAGUE:
The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) brings the sport of lacrosse to a national stage for the first time through a tour-based model, complete with the best players the game has to offer. Co-founded by lacrosse superstar, philanthropist, and investor Paul Rabil and his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, the Premier Lacrosse League is backed by an investment group comprised of The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), The Chernin Group, and Blum Capital. The PLL season began this June, with six teams, embarking on a 14-week season that concludes with a playoff and PLL championship game. The PLL season will be distributed through an exclusive media-rights agreement with NBC Sports Group. For more information, visit PremierLacrosseLeague.com, and follow on social media:
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