OKLAHOMA CITY - The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today that two-time Olympian Jennie Finch will serve as the host of Softball 360 for the 2016 season. Produced and edited by Long Haul Productions, the show enters its 12th season and will create 13 original air dates that reach over 97.4 million households through a series of 25 television networks.
“I’m happy to be part of Softball 360 and their coverage of our sport,” said Finch. “They are a wonderful resource, and I am looking forward to working with them to share all the exciting things going on in the softball community.”
Arguably one of the most recognized athletes in the sport of softball, Finch was named to the USA Softball Women's National Team in 2001 and competed for the Red, White and Blue through her retirement in 2010. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Finch was 2-0 from the circle en route to a Gold Medal finish for the U.S. Women. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Finch compiled another 2-0 performance as the U.S. claimed Silver at the sport's last Olympic Games. In addition to her Olympic accolades, Finch is a four-time World Cup of Softball Gold Medalist, three-time World Champion and two-time Pan American Games Gold Medalist as a member of Team USA.
In addition to her career highlights, Finch has also appeared on episodes of Pros vs. Joes, The Real Housewives of Orange County and was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice in 2008. In 2004, she was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People". Finch is married to former professional baseball player Casey Daigle and the couple has three children – Ace, Diesel, and Paisley. Finch holds Jennie Finch Softball Camps across the U.S. and has a softball academy at Diamond Nation in Flemington, N.J.
Softball 360 will feature several ASA/USA Softball sanctioned teams, events, features and programs across the country. From Adult and Junior Olympic (JO) tournaments both in fast pitch and slow pitch, accompanied by umpires and administration stories, the hosts will take an in-depth look at several of the opportunities playing ASA/USA Softball can provide. Softball 360 is also the home of the ASA Long Haul Bombers Stadium Power Tour that travels to approximately eight Major League Baseball (MLB) stadiums throughout the country showcasing some of the best hitters in the game in a competitive series seeking the Manufacturers Cup title.
The complete schedule for the 2016 season of Softball 360 will be announced at a later date. Check your local listings for scheduled air dates and times or log on to Softball360.com for the complete network lineup.
About ASA/USA Softball
Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.2 million. ASA/USA is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com.