Recommended: America's First Sport to Air on ESPNU on Sat.
When this production first appeared online, we said, "If you like or are intrigued by lacrosse, watch this video. If you love lacrosse or are interested in the history of the game, you must watch this video, which is narrated by Mike Tirico."
The show will now air on Saturday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m. on ESPNU, which is immediately preceding the broadcast of the Notre Dame-Syracuse game.
Description: The first sporting event ever observed by Europeans in North America was a lacrosse game in 1637. Jesuit missionaries from France saw hundreds of native men playing a ball game with sticks that they thought resembled a bishop's crosier, so they called the game "lacrosse."
That makes lacrosse the oldest sport in America, and in the 21st century it is also the fastest growing. This growth in participation, domestically and globally, presents the sport with a new set of opportunities and several challenges.
Students in 'The History of Sport' class at Syracuse University's Department of Sport Management researched the history, current status, and future prospects of lacrosse during the 2012-2013 academic year. This film is a product of their research, which was led by Sport Management faculty.
The big screen (that is, the one at home) may be preferred for viewing, but the video remains available online if you prefer. It lasts about an hour.