NEW YORK – The National Lacrosse League announced it has awarded a franchise to the city of Chicago for the 2007 season. The Chicago team becomes the league’s twelfth franchise, and will play its home games at the Sears Centre, a brand new, state-of-the-art, indoor arena in Hoffman Estates, a northwest suburb of Chicago.
“Chicago is a key market for us in the United States as the focal point of the Midwest. We are excited to be placing a franchise here and to have such a strong ownership group,” said Commissioner Jim Jennings.
The ownership group will be headed by Kevin Loughery Jr., son of former NBA player and Chicago Bulls coach, Kevin Loughery Sr., who is also a minority partner in the franchise. Loughery Jr. will act as Governor for the Chicago NLL club. Loughery Jr. started his own asset management company, KLM Investments LLC, after spending 15 years in the financial marketplace, previously, working as a stockbroker with Bear Stearns, a currency trader for Thomas Cook, and as an investment banker.
The ownership group will also consist of Donald Sallee, former CEO of Invesco Global Strategies and a founding partner of Invesco Capital Management Inc. Sallee has also acted as private investor in numerous and various business ventures. The final piece of the ownership group is Concept Entertainment Group LLC, a sports and entertainment asset development company and KLM holding, run by Doug Schaer. His practice in the sports industry spans over nine years as an agency owner, arbitration consultant, and marketer. Doug, who is a certified player agent with the MLBPA and a member of the California Bar, will have an integral strategic management role with the new franchise.
“On behalf of my family and partners, we are thrilled to be back in the city of Chicago as the newest member of the National Lacrosse League”, said co-owner Kevin Loughery Jr. “For those of you who have not yet experienced the indoor lacrosse game, you don’t know what you are missing! You will become hooked, just as we now are. By bringing a team to Chicago, we expect to continue to advance the growth of this wonderful sport not only in and around the city but in the entire Midwest.”
“This is the best thing I’ve done for Chicago since drafting Michael Jordan in 1984”, said Kevin Loughery Sr., on bringing the NLL to Chicago.
“Our goal is to join the other legendary franchises in Chicago sports, as evidenced by how we support and respect the sport of lacrosse, the community, the media as well as our players, coaches, employees and fans” said Schaer. “In addition, we fully intend to bring an exciting, entertaining and, most importantly, winning team to suburban Chicago in 2007 and beyond. The fans are going to love it!”
The Chicago NLL team has begun accepting deposits for season tickets for their inaugural 2007 season. A $25 deposit is all that is required at this time to ensure great seats to catch all the NLL action. The team also plans to conduct a name the team contest in the coming weeks. For more information visit the team’s website at ChicagoNLL.com or call 866-4CHI-NLL.