National Lacrosse League Opens Friday with NLL Faceoff Weekend: Ten Things to Know

'NLL Game of the Week on TSN' Doubleheader Friday Opens 20-Game TSN Slate; ESPN Schedule Begins with Saturday Philadelphia-New York Contest; Every Regular Season and Playoff Game to be Streamed Live on ESPN+, TSN+
Roughnecks vs. Rush (credit: NLL/ Steve Hiscock)
Roughnecks vs. Rush (credit: NLL/ Steve Hiscock)
PHILADELPHIA - Nov. 28, 2023 - PRLog -- The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world, opens its 37th season with five contests on "NLL Faceoff Weekend" with three games on Friday and two on Saturday.

Here are 10 things to know about the NLL entering Week 1:
  • Fans can watch three of the five NLL Faceoff Weekend contests ( on linear broadcasts, beginning with the "NLL Game of the Week on TSN" doubleheader on Friday.
  • In the "NLL Saturday Night Showcase on ESPN," the Philadelphia Wings visit the New York Riptide (7:30 p.m. ET). The Albany FireWolves vs. Las Vegas Desert Dogs contest (10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT) will also be seen locally in both markets.
  • The Buffalo Bandits, who open play on Dec. 9 at Albany, will be looking to repeat as NLL Champions, a feat that is rare in League history.
  • The Bandits' championship last season was their 12th trip to the NLL Finals, the most in League history. The current Halifax Thunderbirds made ten appearances.
  • All 135 regular season games and every playoff contest will be streamed live on ESPN+ and TSN+. The full schedule is available at
  • TSN will broadcast 20 Game of the Week contests, including at least one at each of the League's five Canadian-based franchises.
  • In October, the NLL unveiled NLL UnBOXed™, the League's new continent-wide grassroots campaign designed to bring the League's fast-paced game to boys and girls in more communities across North America. The League also revealed the cities and branding.
  • The new NLL UnBOXed series will debut with the Toronto Rock and New York Riptide playing at Place Bell in Laval, Québec on February 16.
  • In September, the League unveiled new branding, including a refined primary logo, stylized wordmark, and for the first time, a French language "Ligue Nationale de Lacrosse" family of marks.
  • The 2023-24 NLL season will be the first under a new unified standings format and playoff structure which will feature a more balanced schedule across its 15 teams.
  • Monday marked the debut of "War on the Floor: A Season with the San Diego Seals (" on Prime Video, an all-access series that follows the expansion franchise throughout the 2021-2022 season.
  •'s news bureau has been busy with numerous features every week. The latest series is the "NLL Top 50."

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