Nashville, Tenn. – National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) has reached an agreement with ESPN to carry16-games across ESPN2 and ESPN3 , making this the largest TV deal in the league’s 10-year history. Six games will air nationwide on ESPN2 and 10 games will be carried on ESPN3. All 16 games will also be available on WatchESPN.
“National television coverage is paramount to the growth of professional softball ,” said Cheri Kempf, NPF Commissioner. “ESPN’s increased coverage of NPF shows they are confident in the tremendous potential for growth and popularity of this sport. We look forward to sharing the exciting action of professional softball with fans everywhere on ESPN platforms.”
ESPN2’s coverage will include a day/night double-header between the Akron Racers and Chicago Bandits on June 29 and a two-game stint between the USSSA Pride and NY/NJ Comets on July 20 and 21. The network will also air the final two games of NPF’s Championship series on August 23and 24.
In addition to the television coverage, ESPN3 will carry five double headers, for a total of 10 NPF games streaming on the live multi-screen sports network.
ESPN began airing the NPF in 2010, showcasing the opening game on ESPN2 and expanding in 2011 to include the championship game.
NPF Television & Live Stream Schedule
Date Time (EST) Game Network
June 10 5:35 p.m. NY / NJ Comets at USSSA Pride ESPN3
June 10 8:35 p.m. NY / NJ Comets at USSSA Pride ESPN3
June 15 5:35 p.m. Chicago Bandits at USSSA Pride ESPN3
June 15 8:35 p.m. Chicago Bandits at USSSA Pride ESPN3
June 29 1:00 p.m. Chicago Bandits at Akron Racers ESPN2
June 29 8:00 p.m. Chicago Bandits at Akron Racers ESPN2
June 29 5:35 p.m. NY / NJ Comets at USSSA Pride ESPN3
June 29 8:35 p.m. NY / NJ Comets at USSSA Pride ESPN3
July 20 2:00 p.m. USSSA Pride at NY / NJ Comets ESPN2
July 21 3:00 p.m. USSSA Pride at NY / NJ Comets ESPN2
July 25 5:35 p.m. Akron Racers at USSSA Pride ESPN3
July 25 8:35 p.m. Akron Racers at USSSA Pride ESPN3
July 30 5:35 p.m. Chicago Bandits at USSSA Pride ESPN3
July 30 8:35 p.m. Chicago Bandits at USSSA Pride ESPN3
August 23 5:00 p.m. NPF Championship Series ESPN2
August 24 5:00 p.m. NPF Championship Series ESPN2
About USSSA Florida Pride:
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!