Ohio Machine Will Not Compete in Major League Lacrosse 2019 Season
In an effort to “restructure” the organization, Major League Lacrosse has announced that two of the league’s teams are folding, including the Ohio Machine.
In the announcement, the league explained its strategic plan is to limit one team per league owner. The North Carolina-based Charlotte Hounds were one of the teams presumed to fold under this plan, before announcing it would be back in 2021 under new ownership.
In a statement, Ohio Machine team owners said that news of its contraction came as a “terrible surprise” given the team’s performance, growth, and amazing experience for fans.
“We share in the incredible disappointment in this upsetting news with all those that have supported us over the years,” said Ohio Machine team owners. “As shocking as this news is, it should not be seen as a reflection of the tremendous success that the Machine, and the game of lacrosse in Ohio, has experienced in recent years.”
The Ohio Machine joined MLL in 2011 and won the MLL championship in 2017.
Ticket holders and business partners for the 2019 season will be contacted to receive a full refund.
Read the full statement on the Ohio Machine’s website.