|One World Sports Acquires Japanese Baseball Rights|
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 08:33
One World Sports (OWS) has bought exclusive rights to distribute 28 baseball home matches of one of Japan’s leading baseball clubs, the Hiroshima Carp, in the US.
The OWS deal allows fans to witness all of the best Japanese baseball teams in action. Japan's most popular team, the Yomiuri Giants, will compete in nine of the matches.
The Giants are often seen as the Japanese equivalent of the New York Yankees because of their popularity. Last year's Japan Series winner, the Fukuoka Hawks, will also be broadcast.
Rick Jemison, Senior Vice President Programming, ONE World Sports said: "We are very excited to bring Japanese baseball to its fans in the United States. It's Japan's most popular sport and fans in the U.S. have been asking for it. There is also a huge potential for growth in viewership as baseball fans familiar with the many players who have come to the MLB after playing professional baseball in Japan will tune in to watch the games.“
The games will air from Hiroshima Municipal Stadium.