“Live Giants baseball programming plays an integral role in our plan to build out the channel as the go-to network for global sports,” said Alexander “Sandy” Brown, president and CEO of ONE World Sports.
Stamford, CT (PRWEB) March 23, 2015
ONE World Sports, America’s Network for Global Sports, announced today that it has extended its programming agreement with the Nippon Television Network Corporation for Yomiuri Giants baseball in 2015. The network will carry, live, all 71 of the team’s home games, all but three of them exclusively in the United States, beginning with the March 27 home opener. The agreement also provides for rights to live stream the games and showcase video highlights on the network’s Watch ONE World Sports app.
The Giants play in Japan’s world-renowned Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league.
“Live Giants baseball programming plays an integral role in our plan to build out the channel as the go-to network for global sports,” said Alexander “Sandy” Brown, president and CEO of ONE World Sports. “We are fast becoming the destination of choice for fans of international sports content regardless of the platform and we are in prime position to grow the category while providing significant value to our distribution, sales and marketing partners.”
"We have built a good relationship with ONE World Sports and have broadcast the Giants' baseball games in the United States for two years,” said Yukiko Kimishima, Divisional President, International Business Development, Nippon TV. “We are pleased to continue broadcasting the games in the United States for the 2015 season. I hope more and more Americans will enjoy the Japanese baseball games and teams throughout the season. I also hope that this season's broadcast will strengthen the connection between Nippon Professional Baseball and U.S. Major League Baseball."
ONE World Sports talent calling the action will include Ed Cohen, who recently signed a multi-year agreement with the network, Jon Meterparel and Keith Irizarry.
About the Yomiuri Giants
The Giants, Japan’s most popular baseball team, are the flagship of the NPB league, long a source of high-profile talent for Major League Baseball.
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. MLB stars emerging from the Giants’ roster have included 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, former 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; and Warren Cromartie. Joining the team for 2015, both from the Texas Rangers, are pitchers Aaron Poreda and Miles Mikolas. Among the team’s current stars is pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano, 2014 MVP in NPB’s Central League.
About ONE World Sports
ONE World Sports, one of the fastest-growing independent sports networks in the United States, is available to more than 30 million homes nationally on cable, telco and satellite. The network is distributed through Verizon FiOS, DISH Network, Charter Communications, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Mediacom Communications, Google Fiber, RCN and a growing number of systems through the NCTC. In addition, the network’s mobile app, Watch ONE World Sports, features a live stream of the network for authenticated subscribers and on-demand content for all users.
ONE World Sports delivers live and exclusive coverage of some of America’s most popular sports played professionally outside the USA -- basketball, baseball, golf and ice hockey -- plus sporting events with the largest global followings, including soccer and cricket.
More information on ONE World Sports availability in particular markets can be found here (http://www.oneworldsports.com/location) or consumers can call their television distributor.
ONE World Sports is headquartered in Stamford, CT with offices in New York City and Los Angeles.
For more info, see http://www.oneworldsports.com. Watch ONE World Sports is available in the Apple and the Google Play stores.
About NIPPON TELEVISION NETWORK CORPORATION
Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) is Japan’s number one rated broadcaster, having won the Triple Crown title for the entire year of 2014 by topping the charts in the All Day, Prime Time, and Golden Time categories. Since becoming Japan’s first commercial broadcaster in August 1953, Nippon TV has come to be known as the country’s finest producer and broadcaster of all genres of programs ranging from news, documentaries, sports, dramas, entertainment shows to animation. One of the biggest successes for Nippon TV is its format Dragons’ Den. To date, the format has been sold in 27 countries. Nippon TV also has a wide variety of group companies that deal with movies, animation, events, TV shopping, and merchandising. For more info, see http://www.ntv.co.jp/english/.
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