Nashville, TN – July 1, 2014 – National Pro Fastpitch announced today, plans to air an unprecedented amount of professional softball coverage during the 2014 season. The games will all be carried live on CBS Sports Network.
A total of 14 regular season games and four post-season games, including every game in the best-of-three championship series, will be televised this season. CBS Sports Network will televise games on Monday and Tuesday in prime time beginning July 7th. The 18-game package will triple the league’s previous television coverage.
“We are thrilled to partner with CBS Sports Network to deliver our premier level of competition to a national audience on a regular basis,” NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf said. “We know there is a significant television fan base for fastpitch softball and we look forward to entertaining those folks along with many new fans with our summer of coverage.”
CBS Sports Network will begin its coverage on Monday, July 7 and will air games for seven consecutive weeks. The network will air six games in four days from August 11-14 to cap the 2014 regular season. The NPF Championship series will be televised with one “pool play” game on August 20 and all three championship games on August 21-22, marking the first time the Championship Series Finals have been televised in their entirety.
The telecast team of Eric Collins and Barbara Jordan will deliver the action for all 18 games.
Collins, a veteran play-by-play man, is considered one of the preeminent voices for women’s softball, calling hundreds of games at the professional, collegiate and international levels. Collins returns to the softball world after spending the last five years working as the Los Angeles Dodgers TV play-by-play announcer for games played outside California and Arizona.
Jordan has an extensive history with softball as a player, coach, and broadcaster. As a player, Jordan was a highly decorated three-time national champion in college who went onto play 8 years on the U.S. National team racking up multiple international championships along the way. In 1999, Jordan became the first national team member to cross over into professional softball opting for the Virginia Roadsters of the WPSL. Jordan has covered the NPF since 2010 on both radio and television.
CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports and is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
2014 NPF Schedule on CBS Sports Network
|Date||Away Team||Home Team||Time|
|Mon. July 7||USSSA Pride||PA Rebellion||7:00 PM ET|
|Tue. July 8||USSSA Pride||PA Rebellion||7:00 PM ET|
|Mon. July 14||USSSA Pride||Akron Racers||7:00 PM ET|
|Tue. July 15||USSSA Pride||Akron Racers||7:00 PM ET|
|Mon. July 21||Chicago Bandits||USSSA Pride||7:00 PM ET|
|Tue. July 22||Chicago Bandits||USSSA Pride||7:00 PM ET|
|Mon. July 28||Chicago Bandits||PA Rebellion||7:00 PM ET|
|Tue. July 29||Chicago Bandits||PA Rebellion||7:00 PM ET|
|Mon. August 4||PA Rebellion||Akron Racers||8:30 PM ET|
|Tue. August 5||PA Rebellion||Akron Racers||7:00 PM ET|
|Mon. August 11||Chicago Bandits||PA Rebellion||8:30 PM ET|
|Tue. August 12||Chicago Bandits||PA Rebellion||7:00 PM ET|
|Wed. August 13||Akron Racers||Chicago Bandits||7:30 PM ET|
|Thur. August 14||Akron Racers||Chicago Bandits||8:00 PM ET|
|Wed. August 20||NPF Championship||Pool Play||9:00 PM ET|
|Fri. August 22||NPF Championship||Game 1||8:00 PM ET|
|Sat. August 23||NPF Championship||Game 2||2:00 PM ET|
|Sat. August 23||NPF Championship||Game 3||4:30 PM ET|
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