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Worldwide Telecasts Set for the World Cup

July 11, 2006, 2:15 p.m. (ET)
Worldwide Telecasts Set for the World Cup
 
Oklahoma City, OK -- The World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes will be broadcast in 200 countries around the world, according to the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), the National Governing Body for the sport of softball in the United States and host of the II World Cup.
 
"We are excited to have the World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes distributed to sports fans around the globe" said Ron Radigonda, Executive Director, ASA. "This event was created to give fans the opportunity to witness the top women’s softball players in the world on an annual basis, and the worldwide television coverage is vital to ensure that these games are available in our continuing efforts to grow the sport.”
 
The World Cup of Softball is also making its debut on television in Europe with live coverage of five games through out Europe on Eurosport 2.  “Softball has been a legitimate global sport for over 40 years and deals like this authenticate our position,” Radigonda noted.
 
The ESPN networks are the exclusive domestic home of the World Cup of Softball and feature over 12 hours of live coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 highlighted by multiple prime time windows including the Championship Game on Monday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET.  All broadcasts will be done in HD and available on the respective ESPN HD channels.  The complete domestic ESPN telecast schedule is below:
 
Date                                        Game                                      Time (Eastern)
Thursday, July 13                    USA vs. Great Britain             7:30 PM (ESPN) 
Friday, July 14                        USA vs. Canada                      7:30 PM (ESPN2)
Saturday, July 15                     USA vs. Australia                   12:00 PM (ESPN)
Saturday, July 15                     USA vs. China             8:00 PM (ESPN)
Sunday, July 16                       USA vs. Japan                         1:00 PM (ESPN)
Monday, July 17                      Championship Game               9:00 PM (ESPN2)
 
The following is a breakdown of the international distribution partners of the World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes: 
Territory                      Network
Africa                          ESPN Atlantic
Canada                        TSN
Europe                         Eurosport 2
Japan                           J Sports
South America ESPN Latin America
Central America          ESPN Dos
Middle East                 ESPN Atlantic
Pacific Rim                 ESPN Australia
Pan-Asia                     ESPN Star Sports
 
World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes
The World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, a six-team tournament sanctioned by the International Softball Federation (ISF), will feature the best fast pitch softball players in the world competing for their respective national teams. The six teams invited to participate in the event will compete in pool play from July 13-16. The top two teams from pool play will be seeded into the Championship Game on July 17 while the remaining teams to battle for third and fifth place respectively.  Japan defeated the United States last year to claim the inaugural Championship.
 
ABOUT THE ASA
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million.
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