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The year 2015 will witness a number of USA professional rugby ideas and initiatives. Rugby Today will follow the development of these concepts, and also, as today and tomorrow with Lacrosse, examine prior examples of the founding of professional leagues in the country.
290,000 high school players (boys and girls)
404,000 youth, under 15 (boys and girls)
37,000 college players (men and women)
240 professional (men)
14,000 club players, mainly male
Division I, II and III college participation with annual playoffs
NCAA final game has drawn crowds of 40,000 plus
College stats (team and individual with player line ups) on LAX.com, equipment sales
One outdoor: Major League Lacrosse (MLL)
One indoor: National Lacrosse League (NLL)
MLL founded in 2001. Currently 8 teams with 14 games, April thru August
MLL started with six teams, expanded to ten, dropped to six, and added two for eight
MLL attendance average in 2013 = 4,800
MLL high attendance in 2013 = 10,400 Denver
MLL low attendance in 2013 = 1,204 Florida
MLL games aired on ESPN2 and ESPN3 or CBS since 2003
Television contract extends to 2016
NCAA college games aired, which generate higher ratings than MLL
NCAA championship contest aired with annual high viewership
MLL Games aired at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The MLL is a new professional sports league, which has succeeded in carving out a niche for lacrosse fans, performing better in certain geographical areas. It also has continued cable channel television exposure for both the college and professional game.