Out of Office: Paul Rabil on Co-founding the Premier Lacrosse League

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As a four-time All-American, Paul Rabil led Johns Hopkins to two national championships, then became the biggest star in Major League Lacrosse. But Rabil was also a born entrepreneur who envisioned a greater platform for the sport — and better compensation for the players.

With his brother Mike as co-founder, he launched the Premier Lacrosse League in 2019. The league fields over 200 of the world’s top lacrosse players in a tour-based system with significant venture backing and distribution on NBC Sports. Entrepreneur Magazine named him one of “Top 40 Most Entrepreneurial Athletes,” and Fast Company included the PLL in its “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Sports” list.

On this episode of Boardroom’s “Out of Office” podcast, Rabil talks to Rich Kleiman and Gianni Harrell about his very humble entrepreneurial beginnings, his foundation work, and why he thinks the PLL will help broaden access and popularity for a sport often associated with rich kids and the Ivy League. He explains why he thinks the PLL can one day be as big as the UFC.

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