Four businessmen, two with longtime Washington ties, will own Baltimore's franchise in the Major League Lacrosse, a new outdoor pro league scheduled to begin play next summer.
The owners were identified by the league yesterday as Craig Shirley and Frank Lavin, longtime Washington political advisers who have branched into the dot-com world; Chris Hutchins, owner of Baltimore-based lacrosse retailer Bacharach-Rasin; and veterinarian Ray Schulmeyer.
Shirley will be president, Hutchins vice president, Lavin secretary, and Schulmeyer treasurer.
The Baltimore team will be one of eight teams to compete in the first season of MLL, a league owneds by Jake Steinfeld, chief executive of Body by Jake Enterprises, which makes and sells exercise equipment and programs.
Prospective players took part in a game tour this summer that included a UMBC date that sold out with a crowd of 5,513.
Eight teams will play a 60-game schedule, encompassing 56 regular-season games (14 a team), a midseason All-Star Game, two playoff games and a championship game.
Other locations under consideration for franchises are Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio; Fairfield County, Conn.; Long Island, Newark, N.J.; Philadelphia, Rochester, N.Y.; and Washington.