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PBLA Unveils Cities Hosting Lacrosse Teams for Inaugural Season

Nominations begin today as fans vote to choose the name of their local lacrosse teams

KANSAS CITY, MO (July 19, 2022) — The Professional Box Lacrosse
Association (PBLA) have announced the seven initial markets that will host
teams for their inaugural lacrosse season, beginning December 2022.

  • Binghamton, New York
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Elmira, New York
  • Hampton Roads (Virginia)
  • New England (Manchester, Springfield)
  • Syracuse, New York
  • Trenton, New Jersey

The PBLA is weighing additional markets and will make further announcements as new communities and teams are brought onboard.

Beginning today, fans will be able to nominate team names for the community they’re most excited to cheer for.

After two weeks of nominations, on August 2nd, fans will then vote on a team name from the four most exciting submissions selected by the league. The name with the most votes will become the official name of the community’s professional lacrosse team. The fan who submitted the winning name first will win a pair of season tickets.

The PBLA management team also announced today that Russ Buller will be joining the PBLA as the league’s Chief Player Performance Officer. Buller is a multiple award-winning athlete with an illustrious career as a competitor, coach, and manager. Formerly, Buller was the strength and conditioning coach for the San Diego Padres, a division one head track and field coach, assistant athletic director for Tulane University, and is a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. PBLA is proud to welcome Buller and his expertise in keeping players at peak competitive condition.

With the addition of Buller and the rampant rising popularity of lacrosse, PBLA CEO Carmen Kesner is feeling highly optimistic about the start of the season this year.

“The PBLA is thrilled to further support the number one growing sport over the last 15 years by placing professional teams in lacrosse hotbeds across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic,” said Kesner. “Based on our exhaustive research, we firmly believe these diverse markets are eager to experience the fastest, most physical, and most exciting brand of professional lacrosse ever played. Our objective is to continue to support this wave of lacrosse popularity through growth into other markets across the country. So, if you’re excited about what we’re creating but don’t have a PBLA team coming to your city yet, stay tuned.”

To learn more about the PBLA, and vote for your local team’s name, please visit

About The PBLA

The PBLA was established to help further grow the sport of lacrosse and create the most exciting brand of professional box lacrosse in North America. The PBLA’s mission is to bring the world of professional, high-energy, indoor lacrosse to fans across the United States. The PBLA believes there’s a tremendous opportunity to improve the game of professional box lacrosse by bringing back American players to compete in non-stop, riveting contests that will bring every fan to their feet and show everyone why Lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the country.

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