... for the 15 years I have been following Jr. lacrosse, nothing has really changed. The crowds are about the same, the same teams dominate at A and B every year, and every year, there is a late-season sell-off of top players from "have nots" to "haves" that has nothing to do with team building for the future (graduating talent for young talent), and everything to do with financial survival of the weakest.
Seriously, if you moved to Mississauga, and wanted to take your kids out for a little sports entertainment, would you go more than once to a Jr.A lax game?
Now, if that team were at least competitive in terms of the talent on the floor, and your kids got to see a close, exciting game, do you think you might go back? Do you think your kids would be more likely to want to sign up for minor lax?
Have you ever seen a scenario in Jr. hockey where a team trades (for cash and draft picks it can't afford to bring in) 7 of its top players to the teams it knows it is going to face in the 1st round of the playoffs, and winds up losing out in 3 straight in the 1st round by scores of 18-1, 14-6, and 13-3 ?!?! What does that say about the 3 teams that couldn't even make the playoffs?!?!
Jr. lax is a joke from a competitive balance standpoint, and the status quo is preventing it from growing to be what it could be.
If lax fans and executives alike want to see this sport grow to the point where you could make SERIOUS comparisons with Jr. hockey, competitive balance must be mandated - it sure hasn't been achieved with the status quo.
Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 8:42 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52