ASA Hall of Fame Complex to host over 50 hours of live action on ESPN Family of Networks
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America is proud to announce the ASA Hall of Fame Complex located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District will play host to over 50 hours of live ESPN programming from May 31 to July 2, 2012. Home to the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS), the Title IX Celebration Game and the World Cup of Softball presented by Lumber Liquidators, the ASA four-field complex will certainly be on national display during 33 days of softball action.
“ASA Hall of Fame Stadium will once again prove to be the focal point of softball worldwide by hosting three major events over a 33 day period,” said Ron Radigonda, ASA/USA Softball Executive Director. “Close to 100,000 softball fans are expected to turn the turnstiles to view the Women’s College World Series, the 40th year anniversary celebration game of Title IX and the seventh edition of the World Cup of Softball and the fourth Border Battle. ASA/USA Softball is excited to welcome two new foreign teams to the World Cup as Puerto Rico and Brazil will be making their first appearance at the event.”
The NCAA WCWS kicks off on May 31 at noon local time and will feature 17 games over the course of seven days, including the ‘if necessary’ games. With the potential for 34 hours of programming, softball fans across the country will play witness to the best display of women’s college softball in the country.
Just 17 days later, on June 23, the USA Softball Women’s National Team and the Canadian National Team will square off in a Title IX celebration game on ESPN at 6 p.m. CST. Held on the 40th Anniversary to the day of the signing of this monumental movement in the United States, this two-hour window is a piece of a larger ESPN “Power of IX” celebration day aired across its entire family of networks.
“I am extremely proud of ESPN for recognizing and focusing on the 40th anniversary of the Title IX legislation,” said Carol Stiff, vice president, programming & acquisitions at ESPN. “The hours of programming across multiple ESPN networks on June 23 reinforce the company’s commitment to women’s sports. USA Softball is a perfect fit for our weekend programming line-up since the Women’s National Team players have directly benefitted from the Power of IX.”
Fast forward four more days and the Slow Pitch Showdown will kick off on June 27 at the ASA Complex where the USA Softball Men’s National Team will compete against the new USA Softball Future Men’s Slow Pitch Team at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN2. A compliment to the June 30 Border Battle, the Slow Pitch Showdown will present USA’s top slow pitch players and continue to bring more awareness and knowledge to the game.
The World Cup of Softball VII presented by Lumber Liquidators, kicks off on Thursday, June 28 with a total of 18 games of women’s international fast pitch. Six of those games, which feature Team USA, will be shown on ESPN or ESPN2 throughout the duration of the tournament. In its seventh year, the World Cup continues to be the premier event in women’s international fast pitch with 12 hours of live ESPN programming as well as 24 hours of live streaming from the stadium. The 2012 event welcomes participating teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico.
On June 30, the Border Battle returns to the ASA Complex for round four with the U.S. leading the way with a 2-1 record over the Canadian Men’s Slow Pitch Team. Scheduled for 2 p.m. CST, the game will air on ESPN2.