America’s 16 qualifier games for the Olympic Games baseball tournament, to be played over three weeks in two Florida cities, will be broadcast on ESPN +, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) and the network announced on Monday. sporty.
The event will take place at the New York Mets Major League Spring Training Stadiums (Clover Park), in Port St. Lucie, and the one shared by the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals (The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches) in West Palm Beach.
In the mini championship, which will be played from Monday, May 31 to Saturday, June 5, eight countries will participate, divided into two groups: In Group A will be the United States, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and in Group B Canada , Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela.
The winner will advance to the Olympics and join already qualified South Korea, Japan, Israel and Mexico. Teams finishing second and third in Florida will advance to the WBSC final playoff, which will take place June 16-20 in Taichung, Taiwan.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier to fans on ESPN +,” said Tim Bunnell, ESPN’s senior vice president of programming and acquisitions.
“With eight of the best teams in the world playing for one place in Tokyo this summer, we know the competition will be intense and entertaining for all baseball fans in America,” he added.
ESPN + is the industry’s leading sports streaming service, offering US fans thousands of live events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear or digital TV networks, and exclusive editorial content from dozens of writers and ESPN reporters.
Since it was launched in April 2018, ESPN + has grown to more than 12.1 million subscribers.
“WBSC is delighted to partner with leading sports broadcasting service ESPN + to showcase the best of international baseball and bring it to millions of sports fans in the United States,” said Riccardo Fraccari, President of WBSC.
“This partnership with ESPN is a perfect fit and will better deliver the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier to English and Spanish-speaking audiences, who are some of the most passionate fans of our sport,” added Fraccari.
The fair will start with the clashes between the great Caribbean rivals Puerto Rico against the Dominican Republic and Cuba against Venezuela, at 1 pm, while at night Nicaragua will face the United States and Colombia against Canada.
On each day of the regular round, two games will be played in each group. After the all against all between Monday and Wednesday, Thursday will be free and on Friday the semifinals will be played with the best four.
On Saturday 5 a double card would be played, at 1 pm they would clash for third place and the second ticket to the repechage. At 7 pm the pass to the Olympic Games would be defined. The loser will advance to the world playoffs.