NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 11, 2017) – National Pro Fastpitch fans will have many options through which to follow along with the action of the 2017 NPF Championship Series presented by Marucci and energized by Park Planet. Through live streaming game action, live stats and social media, fans will have many opportunities to share the experience of the Series, the league’s hallmark event.
Headlining those options is live streaming coverage of Series action available on three separate media outlets that include NPFTV, MLB.com and The Olympic Channel (TOC). All coverage is offered at no charge to fans. The NPF booth duo of Eric Collins and Barb Jordan will be calling all the live action.
NPFTV, the consistent season-long location for NPF action will lead the way in live coverage with the most complete lineup of live streams that will include all games, along with between game shows on Thursday and Friday and pre-game shows on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, NPFTV will host live coverage of the annual NPF Awards Banquet on Wednesday night.
MLB.com will provide complete coverage consisting of every pitch of live action of the 2017 Championship Series presented by Marucci and energized by Park Planet. The 2017 Series marks the first time MLB.com has been a viewer option for live game coverage of the Championship, although the platform has hosted a number of regular season games over the past two years. In addition to the live stream coverage, MLB.com will also carry daily wraps complete with game stories.
The Olympic Channel rounds out the complete live streaming options for the Championship coverage. The Olympic Channel will feature all games on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, including Sunday’s “If Necessary” final game. The 2017 Series also marks the first time TOC will host NPF Championship coverage, although NPF regular season action debuted on the much touted platform in 2017.
Various social media platforms will also provide thorough coverage of the Series. Facebook, for the first time in Championship history will feature “Live Look-ins” for an inning at a time along with scoring updates. Twitter will feature inning by inning tracking of the action and Instagram will expose fans to “Scenes of the Series” through short videos and pictures. Special Championship Series templates will be options for fans and players alike to use on Snapchat postings. All social media action will begin on Wednesday.
Rounding out the fan following Series options is the link to live, pitch by pitch stats, presented by 805 Stats, the league’s exclusive provider for in-game stat action. Live stats will be accessible through the league championship website page or through the NPF app, which is available for download. Links to stats will also be made available on game days on Twitter and Facebook.
Participating teams and players will also be carrying unique content on their respective team and personal social media pages and websites.
The NPF encourages all fans to join the action by using #Series2017 and also posting fan follows and viewing experiences. To access league Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts, go to “profastpitch”. To access the league website go to: www.profastpitch.com or download the NPF app.
The 2017 NPF Championship Series presented by Marucci and energized by Park Planet will lead off action on Thursday at 5:00 pm CT preceded by the Annual NPF Awards Banquet, which takes place on Wednesday at 7:00 pm CT.
A complete list of the Championship Series coverage is as follows:
Wednesday August 16 7:00 pm NPF Awards Banquet
Thursday August 17 5:00 pm Game 1
Thursday August 17 8:00 pm Game 2
(“Series from the Bern” between game show immediately after Game 1)
Friday August 18 5:00 pm Game 3
Friday August 18 8:00 pm Game 4
(“Series from the Bern” between game show immediately after Game 3)
Saturday August 18 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and/or 1:00 p m (IF NECESSARY GAMES)
Saturday August 19 6:30 pm “Series From the Berm” pre-game show
Saturday August 19 7:00 pm Game 1 of Final Series
Sunday August 20 12:30 pm “Series From the Berm” pre-game show
Sunday August 20 1:00 pm Game 2 of Final Series
Sunday August 20 4:00 pm Game 3 of Final Series (IF NECESSARY)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.