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NEXT LEVEL SPORTS AND ENTERTAIMENT SIGNS HISTORIC MEDIA RIGHTS AGREEMENT WITH JAMAICA LACROSSE

NEXT LEVEL SPORTS AND ENTERTAIMENT SIGNS HISTORIC MEDIA RIGHTS AGREEMENT WITH JAMAICA LACROSSE

Global sports network to air exclusive, groundbreaking content through 2028 Olympic
Games
December 27, 2022 – Hanover, MD Next Level Sports and Entertainment (NLSE), a global
24/7/365 sports network, is proud to announce a historic agreement with the Jamaica Lacrosse
Association (JLA). This pioneering partnership will bring JLA content and programming
exclusively to the NLSE.
The JLA has spearheaded the movement to promote and grow the sport of lacrosse throughout
the island nation. The JLA’s central goal is to give Jamaican athletes an opportunity to compete
on the global stage through the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships and,
ultimately if chosen, the 2028 Summer Olympics. JLA has made Lacrosse one of its priorities
and has worked diligently to get the support of its country’s Olympic Committee along with all
of the benefits and support that entails. Jamaica stands as a world leader and the first country
to achieve this progress.
“This multi-year media deal is a groundbreaking accomplishment for a sport organization that is
relatively young compared to more established sporting bodies in Jamaica,” said Calbert
Hutchinson, President of the Jamaica Lacrosse Association. “It will not only help with telling the
JLA story of the past, present, and future, but also be a source of inspiration for young lacrosse
players, who will now be able to see themselves being represented at the highest level in the
sport of lacrosse across multiple platforms.”
“This historic partnership is another example of NLSE commitment to bring top tiered lacrosse
to the world,” said Andre Gudger, CEO of Next Level Sports & Entertainment. “The ongoing
story of Jamaica Lacrosse is a special one, and we are extremely pleased to share that story
with our global audience.”
Next Level Sports is a global 24/7/365 sports network available to more than 28 million U.S.
households on leading cable and satellite providers including Verizon FiOS, DIRECTV, and
FuboTV. For sports coverage of all types including highlights, betting tips, and stories that move
you, visit https://www.nlse.com/ or follow (@itsnxtlevel) on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and
Facebook.

PAN-AMERICAN LACROSSE ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES HOST NATION AND LOCATION FOR THE 2022 PALA WORLD LACROSSE MEN’S QUALIFIER

AUBURNDALE, FLORIDA, USA — The Pan-American Lacrosse Association (PALA) is pleased to announce the Colombia Lacrosse Association will host the 2022 PALA World Lacrosse Men’s Qualifier in Medellin, Colombia. The competition will run from July17 through July 22, 2022.

The tournament will qualify national teams from the Pan-American Region for the 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s World Championship.

“PALA hosted a very successful Women’s Qualifier at our headquarters in November of 2019. We are very pleased to have the Men’s qualifier played in South America in 2022,” said Katherine Loh, Secretary-General of PALA.

The Pan-American Continental Federation region has 14 World Lacrosse member-nations with Men’s lacrosse programs. World Lacrosse, moving into playing qualifying rounds for World Championship berths, allocated seven spots to PALA. Three countries pre-qualified from the 2018 World Lacrosse World Championship and they are Canada, USA and the Iroquois Nation. The remaining 11 countries competing for the 4 remaining allocations are Argentina, Bermuda, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico. Countries that successfully compete and earn a spot will move on to the 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s World Championship.

Adriana Piernagorda, President of the Colombia Lacrosse Association is looking forward to welcoming all the competing nations to the beautiful city of Medellin: “We want this competition to feel like a family reunion, where we learn and strengthen ourselves as a people and as a lacrosse family.”

 

Media Contact:
Email: infopala@panamericanlacrosse.org

About PALA

The Pan-American Lacrosse Association is the third Continental Federation formed under the auspices of World Lacrosse. The Pan-American Lacrosse Association covers North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean. PALA is headquartered in Auburndale, Florida.

About World Lacrosse

World Lacrosse is the international federation for men’s and women’s lacrosse, responsible for providing effective leadership and governance of the sport internationally while supporting the continued growth of lacrosse worldwide. In November 2018, World Lacrosse was officially recognized by the International  Olympic Committee. The President of World Lacrosse is Sue Redfern of England.

Big first for Jamaican lacrosse

Jamaica will make history in international lacrosse next month when the country becomes the first Caribbean nation to compete at the World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship. The championship will be held in Maryland, United States, June 29 to July 9.

President of Jamaica Lacrosse Association, Calbert Hutchinson, said it feels good that the girls will be competing at the championship and he expects them to do well, especially after their third-place finish at the Pan American Lacrosse Association (PALA) Women’s Lacrosse World Qualifier in 2019. 

“We are going in with a good regional record. However, based on the world ranking, Jamaica is ranked at 34th of the 36 countries taking part,” he said.

Despite this, Hutchinson expects the team to do well enough at the championship to move up in the world rankings.

Head coach and national player Karen Healy-Scott said she also expects the team to do well but preparations for the championship have been challenging.

“We are not able to practice altogether as much as we should (because) we are a little bit spread out with players in Jamaica, Canada and the USA,” she said. “All the training together has not happened as yet, so what we are going to do is come together a week before the world championship and have a week long training camp where we will really put all the pieces together. We did a winter camp at Christmas in Jamaica.”

She said the team is relying on experience from players who would have competed internationally in competitions such as the World Lacrosse Women’s Under-19 World Championship before the COVID-19 lockdown in 2019.

“I think we are going to do quite well (and) we have some really strong players who have got the experience now to compete really really well,” she said.

Hutchinson said finding the funding for the championship has been challenging. 

“As it is right now our players who are based in the United States and Canada are expected to pay their own way and we are asking for funding through the Sports Development Foundation for the local players,” he said.” If we are successful in getting that funding, then we will be able to cover the cost per player for the local players and with our fundraising initiatives we are hoping to reduce the overall cost for the United States-based players.”

He said it has been challenging getting donations or sponsorships from local businesses because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have been asking (but) we have not received any (and) we understand the challenges but we still have to get our teams to these championships to represent Jamaica,” Hutchinson said.

He called for more investment in non-traditional sports and more players to join sports like lacrosse.

“The traditional sports are over-saturated with players, therefore what non-traditional sports such as lacrosse do is to provide alternative means of engagement for youths, more opportunities for success and opportunities for tertiary education,” he said.

He said although lacrosse has only been in Jamaica for about seven years, a number of Jamaican players have received scholarships for international colleges.

Eighteen players are on the roster of the national women’s lacrosse team. Two reserves have also been named. The team will play the group stages against Wales, Latvia, Uganda and Germany starting on July 1.

Sharla Williams/Gleaner Writer

https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20220524/big-first-jamaican-lacrosse

Take notice – Jamaica seal 13th place at Lacrosse World Championships

Jamaica’s Lacrosse coach Dale Walker, believes their outstanding performance at the ongoing Lacrosse World Championships immediately established them as a new ‘world power’ in the sport.

Walker said the stage has been set for Jamaican Lacrosse to have a major impact at the next World Championships to be held in Canada in 2022.

The Jamaica Lacrosse team finished in 13th place in their first time competing at the Lacrosse World Championship, currently on in Israel, and Walker said the Lacrosse world can only sit up and take notice.

“This is our first time (at the championship) and we are able to reach 13th (place) out of 44 countries. This has set the tone for what will happen at the next world games and it has established Jamaica as a power in the Lacrosse world immediately,” he told The Gleaner.

‘Special feeling’

“This is a testament to what the Jamaica Lacrosse Association has done. This is really special for us. We are proud of our men, we are proud of our organization and proud that we were able to represent Jamaica in this way in our very first tournament,” he added.

Jamaica lost the opening game of the championship, to host Israel, but since then, has beaten all and sundry to finish in their highest possible position. In the 13th-16th playoffs, Jamaica first defeated Switzerland 12-6, then moved on to beat Finland 8-7, before stopping Wales in the decisive match yesterday.

“Wales was a very difficult and challenging match to earn 13th place at the Lacrosse championships. It was a really close game early on as our defense and offense struggled and Wales went up two nothing. But Jamaica was able to battle back and as the game progressed, we got into our groove and got things stabilized,” he explained.

“In the second-half, we took control of the game, did not allow them to have possession time and took the game away from them. They battled back to 10-7 but we held on for the win,” he said.

Walker was also extremely pleased to have ended the tournament with the second best win record, to the United States, who has a 100 percent win record.

“In terms of wins, we were second only to the USA who had a 100 percent win record and that is a great accomplishment for a first time team,” he added.