ONE World Sports Inks Deal to Bring Yomiuri Giants games to North America
ONE World Sports, which offers coverage of world-class sporting events from around the globe, has reached an agreement with Nippon Television Network Corporation to extend its exclusive, multiplatform rights to all home games of the renowned Yomiuri Giants for the 2014 Nippon Professional Baseball season.
Yomiuri Giants games will be presented live on the network’s linear channel and digital platforms. Additional highlights and short-form video from the games will be distributed on broadband (www.oneworldsports.com) and via the network’s app, “Watch ONE World Sports.”
“Having the legendary Yomiuri Giants on ONE World Sports last season was a home run for us, so we are delighted to be bringing back the team to the network for the 2014 season,” said Alexander Brown, president and CEO of ONE World Sports. “Nippon Professional Baseball has produced scores of players who have successfully transitioned to Major League Baseball, and the Giants are a topnotch member of our network roster of world-class programming.”
ONE World Sports will kick off its new-season coverage with the Giants’ season opener on March 28.
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