NASHVILLE, Tenn. – National Pro Fastpitch announced an agreement with the Olympic Channel for streaming live game action from the 2017 NPF season. As part of the agreement, the Olympic Channel will present 10 regular season games on their global digital platform. In addition, the Olympic Channel will also highlight the league’s players and teams through original features and digital content.
Launched in August 2016, the Olympic Channel is a multi-platform destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.
“We are excited to work with National Pro Fastpitch and bring additional exposure to their sport and athletes who represent many countries,” said Mark Parkman, general manager of the Olympic Channel. “The worldwide appeal of fastpitch softball is a great fit for our worldwide platform and youthful demographic as we look ahead to the sport of softball being re-introduced at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”
“This is a terrific opportunity for the NPF to share our live 2017 competition action with a worldwide audience that is likely not familiar with the league,” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “Through the games and the original content pieces, we hope to impress and inspire new softball fans from around the world. This serves our overall mission to continue to grow interest and participation in the sport of professional softball.”
The game schedule includes action from all six NPF teams and is spread throughout the span of the 2017 regular season.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers will celebrate their 16th season of play in 2017. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play.
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 Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.