Players Media Group Announces MLB Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer as new investors and partners for PlayersTV

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Griffey and Bauer are the first MLB athletes to join a star-studded list of athlete investors and partners that include Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Vernon Davis, C.J. McCollum, and many others.

“I partnered with PlayersTV because I want to give fans the chance to have an inside look at our lives outside of regular sports programming" - Ken Griffey Jr.

Today, the Players Media Group announced that Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and Cincinnati Reds All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer are new investors and strategic partners to lead the baseball vertical of PlayersTV, the network dedicated to sports lifestyle and culture entertainment co-founded by entertainment executives Deron Guidrey,Collin Castellaw and led by former Tennis Channel Executive Nancy Pingitore as CEO.

A 13-time All-Star during a career spanning two decades, Griffey’s style and charisma helped rejuvenate America’s pastime and inspire an entire generation of future MLB stars. Griffey’s Swingman Media Group creates a window of social impact from an athlete’s standpoint. The content ranges anywhere from on the field to off the field, training, working with charities, youth communities, and more.

“I partnered with PlayersTV because I want to give fans the chance to have an inside look at our lives outside of regular sports programming. I’m honored to be a part of this opportunity for players to give their narrative, and I’m excited to work with both current and former players,” said Griffey Jr.

With passions that extend far beyond the diamond, Bauer is co-founder of Momentum, a media company dedicated to connecting baseball players with fans through diverse and compelling content. PlayersTV will feature Momentum’s entire library of original content including signature series Bauer Bytes and Live ABs, as well as Bauer’s personal content series such as Breaking Point and Tips with Trev.

“I am excited to partner with PlayersTV to help bring player-centric baseball content to fans in a meaningful way,” said Bauer. “I launched Momentum a year and a half ago with the goal of sharing authentic player stories and ultimately affecting how baseball is marketed to fans. PlayersTV provides a great way to further that mission with its collective of athletes offering a one-stop shop for fans looking to engage with players in an unfiltered format. Its optimized content platform reaches both younger fans who are interested in short-form content and older fans who gravitate to longer-form content across sports, which really didn’t exist until Players Media Group’s launch of PlayersTV with Samsung earlier this year.”

Today’s announcement follows the launch of PlayersTV on March 25, 2020 on Samsung TV Plus with an athlete majority-owned group of 15+ elite athletes including NBA superstars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, C.J. McCollum and NFL great Vernon Davis among others, all of whom have a financial stake and creative control of their individual production companies. Anthem Sports & Entertainment, owner of AXS TV (a joint venture with AEG and Mark Cuban Companies) is also an investor and strategic partner in Players Media Group. In addition to Samsung, three additional distributors are anticipated to launch PlayersTV before Q4 2020, projecting to reach more than 75+mm households.

With Griffey and Bauer onboard, PlayersTV now has content and investor partnerships with athletes from three of the four major professional sports leagues in North America.

“As a company, we are excited to offer MLB players the opportunity to produce content that offers fans an intimate look into their lives and pioneering this space for the baseball community. Players TV was created to offer professional athletes the opportunity to aggregate compelling stories, monetize their content and have an ownership stake in a network for their fans that is unlike anything in the marketplace,” said co-founder of Players Media Group Deron Guidrey.

About Players Media Group

Players Media Group is an experienced digital agency with a focus on media, sports, and entertainment. PMG has a proven track record of helping athletes, brands, and rights holders to achieve their commercial objectives through effective and engaging digital and social-first content, distribution, and intellectual property-related marketing strategies. Players Media Group has a combined 100+ years of experience in media, technology, and sports and entertainment. Anthem Sports & Entertainment, owner of AXS TV (a joint venture with AEG and Mark Cuban Companies), Impact Wrestling, and other media properties, is also an investor and strategic partner in Players Media Group. Visit us at http://www.players-media.com

About PlayersTV

A subsidiary of Players Media Group, PlayersTV is the central destination for fans seeking quality athlete content and intimate access into the interesting and entertaining lives of professional athletes. PlayersTV is exclusively on Samsung TV Plus. Visit us at http://www.playerstv.co, and Instagram @theplayerstv.

Media Contacts

Kristi Roehm (Players TV), 8 Degrees LLC, kristi@8degreespr.com

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