Major League Ultimate

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Major League Ultimate
Upcoming season or competition:
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 leagues, the other being the American Ultimate Disc League.[1] It was formed in 2012, and began its inaugural season in April 2013. Its goal is to bring ultimate to a wider audience in order to grow the sport.[2] League attendance averages fewer than 1,000 fans per game.[3]

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.[4] Snader brought together a core group of individuals, referred to as the Founders.

Unlike other ultimate leagues and games the MLU does allow double-teaming of an offensive player. Also, like most sports, but unlike other ultimate leagues and games, referees make all of the calls (this is similar to the AUDL).[5]

The MLU, like the AUDL has an aggressive plan to expand the league in the hope to be seen as the premier ultimate league in North America. There are currently plans to add a Midwest Conference to the league, possibly in the 2014 season.[6]

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 [7]

In 2013, Five Ultimate was the official uniform manufacture for all eight teams. For the 2014 season, MLU partnered with Puma to become the official jersey sponsor.[8] Like other professional sports leagues, fans are able to purchase custom 2014 jerseys with a personalized name and number on the jersey.[9]

Active teams[edit]

Founders[edit]

Name[11] 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[12] 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional Ultimate Jobs". Sludge Output. 8 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Greenawalt, Tyler (24 June 2013). "New Pro League Tosses Its Disc Into The Frisbee Game". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Eisenhood, Charlie (13 November 2013). "Can Semi-Pro Ultimate Make It?". Ultiworld. 
  4. ^ Eisenhood, Charlie (4 October 2012). "Philadelphia Spinners Leaving The AUDL, Starting New Pro League". Ultiworld. 
  5. ^ a b Gackle, Paul (16 June 2013). "In debut season, San Francisco's Major League Ultimate Frisbee team flourishing". San Francisco Examiner. 
  6. ^ jessonnf (8 June 2013). "Future of the AUDL and MLU". Semi Pro Ultimate. Wordpress.com. 
  7. ^ Eisenhood, Charlie (8 June 2013). "MLU, Ultimate Get Praise From ESPN Commentators". Ultiworld. 
  8. ^ Eisenhood, Charlie (18 November 2013). "MLU releases new Puma Jersey Designs". Ultiworld. 
  9. ^ "MLU Shop, 2014 Puma Replica Jerseys". Major League Ultimate. 
  10. ^ http://newyork.rumble.mlultimate.com/anthony-nunez-signs-as-head-coach/
  11. ^ "Founders". Major League Ultimate. 2013. 
  12. ^ "Boston Whitecaps 2013 Highlights". nohuck.