NEW YORK – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The National Lacrosse League’s Board of Governors, extended the contract of Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. His pact now runs though 2022.
Sakiewicz assumed the role of the indoor lacrosse league’s head in 2016, and the league, its players and its partners have experienced unprecedented growth under his tenure.
“Over the past three years Commissioner Sakiewicz’s leadership of the NLL enterprise and his strategic vision for professional lacrosse has produced unprecedented fan engagement, franchise growth and exceptional commercial results for our League and the game of lacrosse. His many years of experience with Major League Soccer’s incredible journey to success has provided the National Lacrosse League with a similar blueprint for professional sports relevance,” said Brad Brewster speaking on behalf of the NLL Board of Governors.
“Looking forward the owners of our 13 team league – which now includes five NHL and two NFL owners, along with NBA, WNBA, and MLS ownership – … (will) work closely with Nick to continue the remarkable growth in the level of fan interest, sponsorship and media rights opportunities and quality franchise expansion for the NLL.”
“I want to thank the Board for having the faith in me to continue on in a role which I enjoy and in a sport which has nothing but growth potential, both in North America and around the world,” Sakiewicz said. “While we have made great strides in all areas of the business and the competition, I believe our best years are ahead and we are just at the beginning. I’m looking forward to continuing to lead such a tremendous group of players, owners, coaches, and partners collectively.”
Under his leadership, the NLL has experienced substantial growth, including a landmark partnership with Turner Sports and Bleacher Report Live, aligning with major brands to enhance the fan experience, and increasing ticket sales across the League’s U.S. and Canadian footprint. The NLL has added four new owners and four new teams in the course of two years and is on pace to selectively expand again in the next few years, with 2019-20’s new markets being New York and Halifax, Nova Scotia, the league’s fifth Canadian franchise.