The North American Lacrosse League (NALL) is a professional indoor lacrosse league based in the United States. It was founded in 2011 as North America's third professional lacrosse league, after Major League Lacrosse (a field lacrosse league) and the National Lacrosse League (the established professional indoor lacrosse organization). However, a rift in the organization led to the departure of four of the five teams to form the Professional Lacrosse League.
The league was announced in May 2011. According to Sports Business Journal, the league once sought to become an official developmental league for the established National Lacrosse League, but the plan was rejected. Like the NLL but unlike other lacrosse leagues that play in the summer, the NALL originally intended to start play in January. The league announced it did not intend to compete with the NLL, but would serve alternate markets where the NLL had no presence. By December 2011 five franchises had been announced for the inaugural 2012 season: the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Shamrocks, the Charlotte Copperheads, the Jacksonville Bullies, the Kentucky Stickhorses, and the Hershey Haymakers.
However, weeks before the season was to start a rift split the league over leadership and scheduling. One faction comprising four of the five announced teams – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Jacksonville, Charlotte, and Hershey – announced that the NALL had relieved acting Commissioner Anthony Caruso of duty and would be switching from a winter to a fall schedule. Caruso responded that his removal was not legitimate, asserting that the Hershey franchise had already been suspended for failure to secure a venue, and that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owner Jim Jennings was no longer managing partner of that franchise. Caruso claimed that he represented the true NALL, which then consisted of the Kentucky Stickhorses, other members of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ownership group (eventually named the Lehigh Valley Flying Dutchmen), and a recently announced 2013 expansion franchise in Boston (which Caruso claimed would be ready to compete in 2012 and considered a voting member).
Both camps considered themselves the legitimate North American Lacrosse League. The fall group planned on starting play in September and claimed to have a television deal lined up. The winter group played an abbreviated schedule featuring matches against non-league teams beginning in January 2012. It controlled the NALL website and issued a restraining order against the other camp. The dispute was settled in litigation; as a result the winter faction retained the NALL name and branding, while the fall faction formed the Professional Lacrosse League, scheduled to begin play in September 2012.
On March 8, 2013 it was officially reported the Baltimore Bombers had folded. General manager and head coach, Hunter Francis noted that "...the economics didn't work." This news initially broke on Laxdirt.com and later on their Facebook page. Just two days before, the Bombers posted about giveaway at the game scheduled for March 10. 
||Clarence H. "Du" Burns Arena (650)
||Charlotte, North Carolina
||Bojangles' Coliseum (9,605)
||Member of PLL
||Giant Center (10,500)
||Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (13,141)
|Lehigh Valley Flying Dutchmen
||Stabler Arena (6,000)
||Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
||Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (8,300)
†-Teams left NALL to form PLL
 See also
- ^ a b Lefton, Terry (May 9, 2011). "Third U.S. lacrosse league in the works". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
- ^ http://kentuckystickhorses.com/index.cfm?go=news&id=4867
- ^ Don Coble (August 4, 2011). "Jacksonville lands pro lacrosse franchise". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
- ^ a b c Andy Crossley (January 8, 2012). "Is This The Nuttiest League in America?". funwhileitlasted.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
- ^ a b c Laurel Pfahler (January 8, 2012). "North American Lacrosse League Splits In Two". laxmagazine.com. Lacrosse Magazine. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
- ^ Marisa Ingemi (April 26, 2012). "Professional Lacrosse League Announces Existence, Has Potential Television Deal". inlaxwetrust.com. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- ^ Marisa Ingemi (April 12, 2012). "Case Closed: NALL vs PLL Lawsuit Settled, Terms Will Not be Made Public". inlaxwetrust.com. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- ^ "Hunter Francis responds to the Baltimore Bombers bowing out of the NALL season.". Laxdirt.com. March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- ^ ""A statement from Bombers owner and coach, Hunter Francis"". Facebook.com/BaltimoreBombersLax. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
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