Major League Ultimate

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Major League Ultimate
Upcoming season or competition:
Current sports event 2015 MLU Season
Major League Ultimate Logo.png
Sport Ultimate
Founded 2012
Inaugural season 2013
No. of teams 8
Country United States (7 teams)
Canada (1 team)
Continent North America
Most recent champion(s) DC Current (1st title)
Most titles Boston Whitecaps and DC Current (1)
Official website MLUltimate.com

Major League Ultimate (MLU) is one of two semi-professional Ultimate league in North America. It is composed of 8 member clubs: 7 in the United States and 1 in Canada. It was formed in 2012, and began its inaugural season in April 2013. The season concludes with a championship game, the most recent champion being the DC Current.

About[edit]

The league began in 2012, with the help of the Philadelphia Spinners and their staff, including former GM Jeff Snader. The Spinners left the AUDL.[1] Snader brought together a core group of individuals, referred to as the Founders.

Unlike some ultimate leagues and games, MLU allows double-teaming of an offensive player. Also, like most sports, referees make all of the calls (this is similar to the AUDL).[2]

The MLU plans to expand the league in the hope to be seen as the premier ultimate league in North America. There are plans to add a Midwest Conference to the league sometime in the future.[3]

Highlights of the 2013 championship game were broadcast on Fox Sports 1 as part of an anthology show co-hosted by former NFL player Dhani Jones and Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley. Before that, ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 and SportsNation featured the MLU on a few occasions, bringing national attention to the league.[4]

In 2013, Five Ultimate was the official uniform manufacturer for all eight teams. For the 2014 season, Puma became the official jersey sponsor.[5]

In 2015, Canterbury became the official jersey sponsor. [6]

Active teams[edit]

Founders[edit]

Name[8] Title
Jeff Snader President
Nic Darling Vice President
Matthew "Skip" Sewell Creative Director and Brand Manager
Billy Maroon Director of Personnel
Ian McClellan Director of Competition
Marc Stachowski Director of IT

Championships[edit]

Season Date Champion Score Runner-Up Venue Location MVP
2013 July 13, 2013 Boston Whitecaps[9] 20-15 San Francisco Dogfish Franklin Field Philadelphia, Pa Jeff Graham (Boston)
2014 July 19, 2014 DC Current 23-17 Vancouver Nighthawks PPL Park Chester, PA Markham Shofner (DC)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eisenhood, Charlie (4 October 2012). "Philadelphia Spinners Leaving The AUDL, Starting New Pro League". Ultiworld. 
  2. ^ a b Gackle, Paul (16 June 2013). "In debut season, San Francisco's Major League Ultimate Frisbee team flourishing". San Francisco Examiner. 
  3. ^ jessonnf (8 June 2013). "Future of the AUDL and MLU". Semi Pro Ultimate. Wordpress.com. 
  4. ^ Eisenhood, Charlie (8 June 2013). "MLU, Ultimate Get Praise From ESPN Commentators". Ultiworld. 
  5. ^ Eisenhood, Charlie (18 November 2013). "MLU releases new Puma Jersey Designs". Ultiworld. 
  6. ^ Des Marais, Paul (25 March 2015). "MLU Teams Unveil the 2015 Canterbury Uniforms". Ultiworld. 
  7. ^ http://newyork.rumble.mlultimate.com/anthony-nunez-signs-as-head-coach/
  8. ^ "Founders". Major League Ultimate. 2013. 
  9. ^ "Boston Whitecaps 2013 Highlights". nohuck.