February 15, 2012

MLL, ESPN Announce Broadcast Schedule

from press release

BOSTON - The 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) season will feature six games on ESPN2 and 42 regular-season games delivered live on ESPN3 as the 12th season of MLL action is slated to begin Saturday, April 28, with a tripleheader. With the league expansion of Charlotte and Ohio, MLL has a record number of games across ESPN networks. In addition, the MLL All-Star Game and the MLL Championship Weekend will air on ESPN2, ESPN3 andWatchESPN.

The season opens with a tripleheader on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. ET, featuring Rochester at Boston, Denver at Charlotte and Chesapeake at Long Island. ESPN2, ESPN3 and WatchESPN will also air three regular-season games - Rochester at Long Island on Saturday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m., Charlotte at Denver on Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m. and Chesapeake at Boston on Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m.

The 2012 MLL All-Star Game will take place at FAU Stadium in Palm Beach County, Fla., Saturday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, ESPN3 and WatchESPN. The season will culminate with the MLL Championship Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 & 26, at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Mass., airing the first semifinal and the championship game on ESPN2, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

Play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati and analyst Quint Kessenich will once again serve as the commentator team for the MLL telecasts on ESPN2. Beninati will be returning for his 11th season, while Kessenich will begin his 12th with MLL. A variety of commentators will be utilized for ESPN3 including play-by-play announcers Beninati, Todd Bell, Jason Chandler, Mike Evans, Scott Garceau, Eamon McAnaney, Dave Ryan and Tom Werme, along with analysts Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra, Brian Shanahan, Evan Washburn and Ron Zwerin.

ESPN has been the national television home of Major League Lacrosse since 2003, and in 2004 aired the New Balance Championship Game - the first live national telecast of a Major League Lacrosse competition.

2012 Major League Lacrosse Television Schedule

(All times are Eastern and subject to change)

Date Time Game Network(s)

Sat, April 28 
7 p.m. - Rochester at Boston - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Denver at Charlotte - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Chesapeake at Long Island - ESPN3

Sat, May 5
7 p.m. - Charlotte at Boston - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Ohio at Chesapeake - ESPN3
9 p.m. - Hamilton at Denver - ESPN3

Sat, May 12
7 p.m. - Hamilton at Boston - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Ohio at Charlotte - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Rochester at Chesapeake - ESPN3
9 p.m. - Long Island at Denver - ESPN3

Fri, May 18
11 a.m. - Chesapeake at Hamilton - ESPN3

Sat, May 19
7 p.m. - Long Island at Charlotte - ESPN3
8 p.m. - Rochester at Ohio - ESPN3
9 p.m. - Boston at Denver - ESPN3

Fri, June 1
7 p.m. - Ohio at Long Island - ESPN3

Sat, June 2
9 p.m. - Chesapeake at Denver - ESPN3

Sat, June 9
7 p.m. - Charlotte at Chesapeake - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Denver at Ohio - ESPN3
7:30 p.m. - Rochester at Hamilton - ESPN3

Sat, June 16
7 p.m. - Boston at Charlotte - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Long Island at Ohio - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Hamilton at Chesapeake - ESPN3

Sat, June 23
7 p.m. - Boston at Chesapeake - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Charlotte at Ohio - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Denver at Long Island - ESPN3

Sat, June 30
7:30 p.m. - MLL All-Star Game (FAU Stadium, Palm Beach County, Fla.) ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN

Fri, July 6
7 p.m. - Chesapeake at Charlotte - ESPN3

Sat, July 7
7:30 p.m. - Rochester at Long Island - ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN
7:30 p.m. - Boston at Hamilton - ESPN3

Fri, July 13
7:30 p.m. - Ohio at Hamilton - ESPN3

Sat, July 14
7 p.m. - Hamilton at Ohio - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Boston at Long Island - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Charlotte at Denver - ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN
7 p.m. - Chesapeake at Rochester - ESPN3

Fri, July 20
7 p.m. - Charlotte at Rochester - ESPN3

Sat, July 21
8 p.m. - Chesapeake at Ohio - ESPN3

Sat, July 28
2 p.m. - Chesapeake at Boston - ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN
7 p.m. - Ohio at Rochester - ESPN3
7:30 p.m. - Denver at Hamilton - ESPN3

Sat, Aug 4
7 p.m. - Denver at Rochester - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Ohio at Boston - ESPN3
7:30 p.m. - Charlotte at Hamilton - ESPN3

Sat, Aug 11
7 p.m. - Rochester at Charlotte - ESPN3
7 p.m. - Denver at Chesapeake - ESPN3
7:30 p.m. - Long Island at Hamilton - ESPN3

Sat, Aug 25
1 p.m. - MLL Semifinal Game 1 (Harvard Stadium, Boston, Mass.) ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN

Sun, Aug 26
3 p.m. - MLL Championship Game (Harvard Stadium, Boston, Mass.) ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN


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