NLL to New York?

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

With a New Jersey-based lacrosse equipment company poised to bring a National Lacrosse League team to Madison Square Garden, the NLL pushed back its expansion deadline yesterday.

Shamrock Lacrosse is in negotiations to bring a team to New York's premier arena, probably the most desirable untested venue in North America for the 12-team NLL.

Shamrock chief executive officer Mark Ford declined comment yesterday, but an NLL spokesman said any expansion announcements will now be made at the league's board of governors meeting in Las Vegas June 14-15. Last month, NLL commissioner Jim Jennings said yesterday was a deadline for expansion announcements.

The New York deal is complex. The dormant, Long Island-based New York Saints, who folded in 2003, still have the city's franchise rights and it is believed Shamrock is trying to make a deal with ex-Saints owner Mike Gongas. There is speculation Madison Square Garden will be a part-owner of the team.

If Shamrock acquires a team, there is a good chance ex-Rochester Knighthawks coach Paul Day will be the top candidate for the general manager/coach job. Day resigned as Rochester's coach last month.

"I'd be very interested (in New York)," Day said yesterday.

It is unclear if the NLL still is exploring Hartford as an option. Madison Square Garden operates the Hartford Civic Center and was considering the NLL for that arena.

Meanwhile, the future of the Anaheim Storm is dicey. Storm owner Jayson Williams' group was in discussions with new Portland owner Angela Batinovich, but the fashion designer elected to purchase an expansion franchise. There is fear the Storm will fold unless new investors are found.


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