Softball fans in Australia and throughout Asia will be able to watch the final of the Asia Pacific Cup live on Fox Sports.
The Asia Pacific Cup, the biggest women’s softball event in Australia since the 2000 Olympic Games, features six of the world’s top 12 softball nations in a competition that reaches its climax in Sydney on Sunday, February 4.
This will be the first time that an Australian softball event has been broadcast live on Fox Sports, and the first time it has been shown in Asia.
From 11am-4pm AEDST on Sunday, fans in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and South Korea will be able to watch the Asia Pacific Cup final.
The live telecast is expected to reach 14 million subscribers.
Fox Sports commentators Glen Hawke and Peter Jolly will be joined by Australian softball legends Fiona Crawford, Joyce Lester and Melanie Roche on Channel 501 to provide expert commentary and analysis.
Softball Australia CEO Chet Gray says the telecast is a crucial step in exposing softball to a wider audience as the Aussie Spirit team prepares for a huge year, competing as a team in the National Pro Fastpitch league in the USA ahead of the Softball World Championship in Japan in August.
“Being able to showcase one of the best facilities in the world to over 14 million people is an important step to grow the game in Australia and Asia,” Gray says.
“Softball Australia is committed to not only providing international competition opportunities to our players as we aim to qualify for 2020, but also contribute to the growth and the development in Asia Pacific.
“The broadcast live on Sunday, a first for Australia, will expose our game to current and future softball enthusiasts and show everyone what a great game softball is.”
The Mayor of Blacktown City Council, Stephen Bali, is thrilled that the venue will be showcased to so many people.
“It is fantastic for the City of Blacktown to have six of the best teams in the world compete at Blacktown International Sportspark, the home of the 2000 Olympic softball competition,” Bali said.
“This stadium, recently upgraded to include some of the world’s best technology, is a wonderful legacy to Blacktown and Australian softball. We are thrilled that this venue is going to be shown all around the world for the final of the Asia Pacific Cup.”