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Saturday, July 17th, 2021
BEST LACROSSE PLAYERS IN THE WORLD FACE OFF TOMORROW IN PREMIER LACROSSE LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME ON NBCSN AND PEACOCK
PLL Points Leader Grant Ament to Captain Adversaries Against 2020 PLL Goalie of the Year Blaze Riorden’s Defenders in All-Star Game Tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Peacock
Skills Competition Featuring Four Events Tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. ET Exclusively on Peacock
Last Weekend’s Cannons LC Win Over Archers LC Marks Most-Watched PLL Game on NBCSN in League History
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 17, 2021 – The best lacrosse players in the world face off in the 2021 Premier Lacrosse League All-Star Game from PayPal Park in San Jose, Calif. tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Peacock. The PLL Skills Competition will be presented following the game at 9:30 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock.
Current PLL points leader Grant Ament of Archers LC will lead the Adversaries team against the Defenders, captained by 2020 Oren Lyons Goalie of the Year Blaze Riorden of Chaos LC. The best players in the world, including Redwoods attackman Rob Pannell, Archers midfielder Tom Schreiber, Redwoods midfielder Myles Jones and Archers attackman Will Manny will take the field alongside Ament and Riorden. Rosters for both teams can be viewed here.
During halftime of the All-Star Game, the Fastest Shot competition will be held, which will feature each player taking two shots from 10 yards. Four additional Skills Competition events will be contested following the game at 9:30 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock. Following is the order of the events:
- Fastest Player: Players run from the end line to the top of the opposite 2-point arc, with the first 3 athletes to cross the line moving on to Round 2.
- Freestyle Challenge: Players have 30 seconds each to score 1 goal in the most creative and skillful way possible.
- Goalie Competition: The goalie who makes the most saves wins the competition.
- Accuracy Challenge: Players have 30 seconds to hit as many targets as they can from a distance of 10 yards.
Click here for a full list of Skills Competition participants.
Brendan Burke (play-by-play) and Class of 2019 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee Ryan Boyle (analyst) will call All-Star Weekend from PayPal Park with sideline reporter Chantel McCabe.
Last Sunday’s Cannons LC thrilling 13-12 win over Archers LC in primetime marks the highest rated and most-watched PLL game on NBCSN in the league’s three-year history, with 162,000 TV-only viewers on NBCSN.
Redwoods LC 19-16 victory over Waterdogs LC on Saturday, July 3, ranks as the second-most watched outdoor professional lacrosse game in history, with a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 366,000 viewers across NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, only behind the PLL’s first-ever broadcast on NBC in June 2019 when Chaos LC faced Atlas LC (412,000 viewers). The matchup is the third-most watched professional lacrosse game in 16 years (2005 NLL indoor championship, Toronto v. Arizona, 689,000 viewers, NBC).
Over the course of the 2021 season, NBC Sports will present 44 PLL matchups, marking an NBC Sports record for the most-ever professional lacrosse game coverage in a season. 21 games — four on NBC and 17 on NBCSN — sets a record for the most-ever professional lacrosse games on television in a season. All televised coverage will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. The complete media schedule can be found here.
2021 marks the first season that Peacock is the streaming home of the Premier Lacrosse League, featuring live, streaming coverage of every game throughout the season, including 23 events that will stream exclusively on Peacock.
2021 marks the third season of the PLL and follows a momentous offseason that saw the league merge with Major League Lacrosse (MLL), add an expansion team in the Cannons LC, and bring in new stars from the MLL and college.
The 2021 PLL season spans 11 weeks across the country, featuring seven regular-season weekends, an all-star weekend and three playoff weekends. The playoffs begin on Friday, Aug. 20, and culminate with the Championship on Sunday, Sept. 19.
Following is tomorrow’s All-Star Weekend schedule on NBCSN and Peacock:
|Sun., July 18||All-Star Game||7 p.m.||NBCSN, Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app|
|All-Star Skills||9:30 p.m.||Peacock|