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Baltimore partners buy their way into lacrosse league

Baltimore partners buy their way into lacrosse league

SCOTT GRAHAM

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Two Baltimore-area businessmen have made a large enough down payment to convince Major League Lacrosse to launch a team in the city just one year after the local indoor lacrosse team bolted for Pittsburgh.

Christopher Hutchins, owner of Bacharach Rasin Sporting Co. in Towson, Md., and Dr. Raymond M. Schulmeyer, director of Schulmeyer Animal Hospital in Baltimore, are leading the push to bring a professional version of the sport back to Baltimore, which for years has embraced youth and collegiate lacrosse.

Major League Lacrosse is an outdoor league scheduled to begin play in June with eight teams.

Baltimore was home to the indoor National Lacrosse League's Baltimore Thunder from 1987 to 1999. The team left after last season for Pittsburgh.

The terms of the Baltimore sale are not final, said Gabby Roe, executive director of MLL. The Baltimore team is one of five the league considers sold because Hutchins and Schulmeyer have "taken the first step in securing the rights by making a down payment," he said.

Roe would not say how much money the group has paid so far. Owners pay a $1 million entry fee to join the league.

The other four cities that have been selected to date for inaugural-season MLL teams are Philadelphia; Buffalo; Rochester, N.Y.; and Columbus, Ohio.

Scott Graham writes for the Baltimore Business Journal.

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