NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 17, 2019) – National Pro Fastpitch today announced an agreement with the IOC’s global Olympic Channel for regular season and championship action from the 2019 NPF season. The agreement includes more than twenty games and will be the second season since 2017 that the Olympic Channel has provided coverage of National Pro Fastpitch within its programming.
Launched in August 2016, the Olympic Channel is a multi-platform, global media destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide at olympicchannel.com, its mobile apps for Android and iOS and on connected TV devices.
“We look forward to working with National Pro Fastpitch on another season and bringing additional exposure to their sport and athletes,” said Mark Parkman, general manager of the Olympic Channel. “The worldwide appeal of fastpitch softball is a great fit for our audience and youthful demographic as we look ahead to the sport of softball being re-introduced at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”
“We are thrilled to once again be coordinating content distribution with the Olympic Channel,” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “With all the outstanding increased ratings we have seen recently in our sport, the broadcasting industry realizes, as do we, the entertainment value contained in live softball action content. To be able to enjoy the all-encompassing global reach offered by the Olympic Channel, is a privilege for the league and also something we know will prime and excite the Olympic softball fanbase around the world.”
Games featured on the Olympic Channel will be available on-demand in international territories that do not conflict with the exclusive domestic rights agreement that exists for 2019 NPF content coverage.
The line-up of games will include action from all six NPF teams and is dispersed throughout the entire season. The content will include both complete live action games as well as edited highlights for certain regions and territories.
The league opened play on May 28th with the Beijing Shougang Eagles hosting the Canadian Wild at Jackie Robinson Park in Daytona Beach, FL. Regular season action will conclude August 11, followed by the best of three Championship Series August 15-19, held for the second consecutive year in Rosemont, IL at Park Bank Sports Complex, the home of the Chicago Bandits.
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.