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Premier 12:  broadcast rights awarded around the world

Kingsley Collins

5 November 2015


The inaugural Premier 12 will be played in Japan and Taiwan from 8-21 November. The series will be broadcast in Australia through beIN Sports and will be also be available live via You Tube to countries not covered by WBSC broadcast partners, along with worldwide post-match highlights and video. See all details in the news release (below) posted by WBSC on 4 November.


South Korea and played Cuba in an exhibition game overnight, at the newly-opened Gocheok Stadium in Seoul, the first domed facility in South Korea. Minnesota Twins Pacific Rim scout David Kim was at the game and has kindly forwarded us some images (see below) of this spectacular new stadium.


Australian Baseball Alumni will seek to provide updates – including interviews and images – during the duration of the Premier 12 tournament.




News Release (Taipei, 4 November 2015)




TAIPEI CITY -- "The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced that broadcast rights have been awarded in territories across the world for the first-ever WBSC Premier12™ global baseball championship, which will be staged from 8-21 November in Japan and Taiwan and will feature the National Teams of the Top 12 countries in the world.


In Europe, cable giant Fox Sports has been awarded the rights to broadcast the new international baseball flagship tournament in Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Netherlands and Turkey.


NOS, the Dutch free-to-air public broadcaster, has also been awarded Premier12 broadcast rights in the Netherlands, the No. 5 country in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings, while Eleven Sports Network has obtained broadcast rights across Belgium and Poland, as well as Singapore and Malaysia in Asia.


WBSC Premier12 broadcast distribution across Asia also includes beIN Sports (Indonesia and the Philippines), LeTV and PPTV (China), Macau Cable, Sky Net (Myanmar), Solar (Philippines), i-Cable (Hong Kong) and Vietnam Digital Television (VTC).


Japanese satellite TV network J-Sports has also acquired broadcast rights for the WBSC Premier12, adding to the already announced agreements with TV Asahi and the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) in Japan. has obtained online broadcast rights in Taiwan, which complements host broadcaster Videoland's television rights in the nation. Videoland will be producing 33 (of the 38) games of the 2015 WBSC Premier12 within the span of a week, marking the most intense operation in history for the premier sports network in Taiwan.


It was already announced that SBS in South Korea has been awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in that nation for Premier12.


Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Dubai-based OSN added the WBSC Premier12 to its broadcast portfolio.


In Oceania, global sports network beIN Sports has been awarded Premier12 broadcast rights in Australia.


In the Americas, Rogers' Sportsnet (Canada) and the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT) have been awarded exclusive rights in their respective territories.


"WBSC is proud to partner with some of the world's premier broadcasters to showcase this new crown jewel event and deliver all the excitement of Premier12 to potentially hundreds of millions of households and mobile users," said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. "These partnerships not only highlight the global appeal of this new WBSC flagship baseball product, but also demonstrate baseball's expanding worldwide position in an extremely competitive environment."


WBSC Premier12 Live-Streaming on Youtube


All 38 games of the 2015 WBSC Premier12 will be live-streamed and free-to-view on the WBSC YouTube channel for those territories not covered by WBSC's broadcast partners. Following each game, highlights and video-on-demand will be available to worldwide audiences via WBSC's YouTube channel."


LINK:   PREMIER 12 WEBSITE (for all news, rosters, schedule and results)


GOCHEOK STADIUM (Seoul, South Korea: host for exhibition game between South Korea and Cuba):



Images:   David Kim

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