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NLL: Joseph Tsai will be the owner of new professional men’s lacrosse expansion team in San Diego

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According to multiple sources, the NLL is planning on adding a team in San Diego in 2019. The southern California team would be one of two to join the league, with the other likely being a return to Philadelphia.

Sources within the league indicate the San Diego owner would be Joseph Tsai, the co-founder of Alibaba Group. The group would also have the goal of adding a potential other major sports team, such as an NBA team.

The league is also looking towards Long Island, but no owners have emerged despite a potential arena deal. Teams in Canada and Texas have also been discussed as a part of the league’s expansion plan.

Steve Govett, the president of the Colorado Mammoth who announced his departure earlier this week, would help put together the team in San Diego. In Colorado, former Mammoth player and coach Dan Carey will take over operations.

The press release from Colorado mentioned “other opportunities” for Govett, which created speculation of the possible addition of more NLL teams he may be a part of.

The NLL has previously had one other team in southern California, the Anaheim Storm, in the early 2000s. Philadelphia had been the longest tenured team in the NLL before relocating to New England in 2013.

The league has continued to eye ownership from NHL or NBA clubs, and the Flyers have had discussions of owning the team in Philadelphia. It is unclear if the new team would be a reinvention of the Philadelphia Wings.

San Diego currently hosts one indoor sports team, the San Diego Gulls of the AHL who play at Valley View Casino Center

It remains to be seen if more than these two teams are added, as the plan has been four. If things were to speed up with Long Island or Dallas, they could also join the fold in time for the 2019 season.

Source: Sources: NLL plans to expand to San Diego, Philadelphia in 2019 – College Crosse

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