#SevenDaysofSoftball begins at Asia Pacific Cup

Credit: Sam Donkin

Credit: Sam Donkin

An unprecedented amount of world class international softball will be beamed into Australian living rooms and mobile devices this week with FOX SPORTS Australia delivering the sport’s first ever broadcast deal.

The #SevenDaysofSoftball will begin with the semi-final and final of the Asia Pacific Cup on 3 February, followed by three days of the inaugural Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball series from 4 – 6 February and culminates in the Australian men’s team competing in New Zealand for the TAB Challenge Cup from 8 – 10 February. All matches will be broadcast on FOX SPORTS More (Channel 507).

Sport fans can also watch all seven days of softball on Australia’s new multi-sport streaming service, Kayo Sports.  With over 50 sports live and on demand, Kayo has the best from Australia and overseas all in the one place, instantly streamed.

Head of FOX SPORTS Australia, Peter Campbell, said: “FOX SPORTS is looking forward to providing subscribers on Foxtel and also Kayo coverage of elite softball competition over seven days in February, including the all new Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball Series.”

Softball Australia Chief Executive Officer David Pryles says the broadcast deal will strengthen the sport ahead of an important calendar of events for Softball.

“Our sport has a crucial year ahead with our Travelodge Aussie Spirit team competing to get to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games through the WBSC Asia Oceania 2020 Olympic Softball Qualifier in Shanghai,” said Pryles.

“It’s an extremely exciting summer of Softball, with our biggest international tournament, the Asia Pacific Cup, the world-first new Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball Series and our men’s team competing in New Zealand, all broadcast live and in primetime on FOX SPORTS Australia, we’re able to showcase our amazing athletes to all Australians for the very first time.

“This gives Softball an unprecedented opportunity to create our own week in the busy Australian sporting landscape. This incredible exposure will promote an increase in grass roots participation around the country,” added Pryles.

“I want our many dedicated players, officials, volunteers and supporters who give so much to the game of softball week in, week out in communities across the country to feel as proud as I do as the game is celebrated on the big stage.”

The Asia Pacific Cup final will also be seen live in Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam through FOX SPORTS Asia.

SKY NZ will also take the Asia Pacific Cup and Summer Slam coverage to New Zealand’s softball fans.

Check local guides for broadcast times.

Ben Utting