"This groundbreaking agreement gives baseball fans in the United States the opportunity to follow the most popular Nippon Professional Baseball team." -- Alexander Brown, President and CEO of ONE World Sports.
New York and Tokyo (PRWEB) February 13, 2013
New York, New York and Tokyo, Japan, –ONE World Sports, the English-language sports network with exclusive world-class competitions from around the globe, has entered into a licensing agreement with the Nippon Television Network Corporation to bring Japan’s most successful baseball team, the Yomiuri Giants – current Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) champion and holder of 22 NBP Championship titles – to millions of baseball fans in North America. The Giants are Japan’s oldest and most popular baseball team, and are known widely as “The New York Yankees of Japan.”
The landmark agreement provides ONE World Sports exclusive North American rights to broadcast 72 Giants 2013 regular season games via television and broadband, from March 29 through September. The NPB season, and its rules, mirror those of U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB). ONE World Sports will deliver upwards of three Giants games per week in primetime.
"This groundbreaking agreement gives baseball fans in the United States the opportunity to follow the action throughout the season of the most popular Nippon Professional Baseball team -- which has produced some of the world's most accomplished baseball players," said Alexander Brown, President and CEO of ONE World Sports.
Japanese professional baseball began with the founding of the Yomiuri Giants in 1934 and, since the beginning, the Giants have dominated -- winning more pennants and Japan Series than any other team. The team is possibly best known as the home for nearly three decades – as player and manager – of legendary slugger Sadaharu Oh, but more recently has served as busy recruiting territory for MLB.
“We are delighted that the Yomiuri Giants now have the chance to be viewed by American sports fans on ONE World Sports,” stated Yukiko Kimishima, Divisional Vice President, International Business Development. “There has always been a strong connection between the Nippon Professional Baseball and U.S. Major League Baseball, and this new agreement allows the team great exposure in the United States. Japanese and Americans share a love for baseball, and we know that the American audience will enjoy following our team throughout the season.”
Ten MLB teams currently boast key impact players from the NPB on their rosters. MLB stars emerging from the Giants’ roster have included nine-time All-Star and 2009 World Series Most Valuable Player Hideki Matsui, All-Star Hideki Okajima and the Boston Red Sox’s Koji Uehara. MLB players who have headed to Japan to wear the Yomiuri Giants uniform include: Davey Johnson, currently manager of the Washington Nationals and 2012 National League Manager of the Year; New York Yankees’ star outfielder, Roy White; seven-time All-Star Reggie Smith; All-Star pitcher Clyde Wright; Warren Cromartie; and current players John Bowker and Jose Lopez, the All-Star infielder who is starting his first season with the Giants this year.
ONE World Sports Network is available throughout the U.S. via DISH Network, in the New York Metropolitan area via Cablevision’s Optimum TV and in Des Moines, Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and The Quad Cities (Davenport and Bettandorf, Iowa and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island, Illinois). via Mediacom. For more information on ONE World Sports go to http://www.oneworldsports.com.
About ONE World Sports
ONE World Sports is an English-language global sports network delivering exclusive, live world-class competitions from around the world. ONE World Sports fulfills U.S. sports fans’ passion for premier match-ups of their favorite sports with more than 2,200 hours of unduplicated sports programming annually. Programming includes live and same day action of league, championship and qualification competitions in soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, table tennis, badminton and more. The network is available on The Dish Network, Optimum TV from Cablevision System Corporation and Mediacom Communications.
ONE World Sports, owned and operated by privately held Dallas/Ft.Worth-based ONE Media Corp., is headquartered in New York City. The company also owns and operates: ONE CONNXT, a global HD/SD broadcast video transport services provider; America ONE Television, a general entertainment and sports broadcast network; and America ONE Sports, a leading provider of live broadband sports. To learn more about ONE World Sports, go to http://www.ONEWorldSports.com.
About NIPPON TELEVISION NETWORK CORPORATION
Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV), based in Tokyo, is Japan's first and largest commercial terrestrial broadcaster. Established in August 1953, NTV will celebrate its 60th year of broadcasting in August 2013. From its launch to today, NTV has been offering various programs to its viewers ranging from news, sports, dramas, magazine shows, entertainment shows to animation.
As well as Yomiuri Giants baseball games, NTV produces and broadcasts live sports events such as the FIFA Club World Cup, AFC Champions League soccer, PGA golf tournaments and more.
To learn more about NTV, go to http://www.ntv.co.jp; for English, to http://www.ntv.co.jp/english.
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