NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 27, 2019) – National Pro Fastpitch will unleash an unprecedented level of worldwide coverage for the 2019 regular season live and on demand content.
Three primary partners are slated to distribute complete game and highlight content to over 200 international territories. NPFTV will lead the way with increased quantity of distribution locations, as well as improved levels of transmission, which will yield an improved viewing experience regardless of location. Two other partners will distribute specific content and dates, releases of which are forthcoming, individually.
The League, entering its 16th season in 2019, is the most ethnically diverse professional sports league in the world, with three complete international teams participating in the 138 game regular season. Those teams, Australia, Canada, and China, along with the partial roster of Mexico, will look to the NPF season to prepare them for upcoming Olympic Qualifiers for the Olympic Games of 2020, hosted in Tokyo, Japan.
“We have consciously built a league of global participants in the great sport of softball,” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “We are proud to usher two to three complete teams into the Olympics of 2020 and we look forward to continuing to grow the interest of the sport around the world following 2020. In the absence of softball’s Olympic inclusion in 2024, it will be professional softball that will carry the torch of continued growth and popularity for softball at all levels.”
All 138 regular season games will be carried live in most regions, with additional highlights edited for social media platforms, news, and sports news platforms. Additionally, the best-of-five Championship Series, between the league’s top two finishers following the regular season, will also be available. Most content will be available on a one-click option through the league website at www.profastpitch.com. However, additional access points will be offered through team and association websites.
Opening Day for the 2019 season takes place on Tuesday, May 28 when the Beijing Shougang Eagles host the Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois at Jackie Robinson Park in Daytona Beach, Florida. The defending Cowles Cup and regular season Champions, USSSA Pride, will open on Thursday, June 6 at Rent One Park in Marion, Illinois, against the Canadian Wild. That same day of June 6 will see four-time Cowles Cup Champions, Chicago Bandits, hosting the Cleveland Comets at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Illinois. The Aussie Peppers are the last team to open the 2019 regular season and do so against the Beijing Shougang Eagles on Sunday, June 9 at their home field of Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota.
In total, the league will distribute 138 games plus the Championship Series, with each team playing a 46 game regular season schedule. Regular season League action concludes on August 11 with the Championship Series slated to take place in Rosemont, IL August 15-19.
For more information or to access the season schedule which will lead to streaming platforms, visit www.profastpitch.com.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.