MLL: New Ohio Team to be Named Machine
Major League Lacrosse's new Ohio-based team scheduled to begin play for the 2012 season will be named the Ohio Machine, the MLL announced Tuesday morning.
No plans for a home venue were announced, but MLL commissioner David Gross said in January that the league planned to put a team in Columbus, Ohio, a place MLL has tried its hand before.
Columbus hosted the league's first summer showcase game in 2000, as well as the 2002 league championship game, and a 2010 regular season game between the Long Island Lizards and the then-Chicago Machine, who played that entire season on the road.
The new Ohio team also will interestingly be called the Machine. Former MLL executive John Algie, who was president of the Chicago Machine in 2010, is the president and general manager of the Ohio Machine. Algie also spent three seasons as MLL's director of league operations.
In a press release, the Machine said the team name was chosen to represent the state's passion and indomitable spirit.
"The name 'Ohio Machine' evokes both the rich history and the bright future of the state," Algie said. "From mining, to manufacturing, to the founding of dozens of famous, industry-leading national and international brands, the 'Ohio Machine' has been, and continues to be, one of the primary drivers for the development of the United States as a world leader. Ohioans are known for their tenacity, and soon, our lacrosse team will be known for that too."
The league's other expansion team for 2012, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is yet-to-be named. The team is holding a creative fan contest through social media to develop the team name, colors and logo. The Charlotte team hopes to play all home games at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte.