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Comment from the Commissioner

To All NPF Fans and Followers...I apologize for the delay in posting a comment. I know there were many concerned fans and followers of NPF that were eager to read or hear an issued statement. As you can imagine, there were many things that begged attention in the last 48 hours and it was my priority to address players and owners before moving forward with additional duties. I deeply regret our inability to complete the Championship Series. Like all of you, I am a softball fan at heart and was eager, after seeing the first 3 days of spectacular competition showcased by our talented players, to see the final day of action unfold. I was also eager to share the experience with a worldwide audience through ESPN2. It is a great loss to our teams, players, owners, and of course all of you, the fans of professional softball, to lose our final day of competition due to rain.

Enough has been said through various media outlets about the events that unfolded and the reasoning behind the decisions. I do not plan to re-hash all or any of those details. The one thing I want to state clearly  is the fact that I have no doubt in my mind that every single player on both teams competing wanted to complete the Championship Series as it was formatted in a best of three series. Any implication or interpretation that I ever thought otherwise is simply untrue. I am constantly inspired by the competitive spirit of our players, among other qualities. Further, as in any business, there is time for disgruntlement and disagreement. In spite of those occurrences, I have the utmost respect for the owners that sacrifice their time, efforts, energy, and money in pursuit of making this League a viable career option for professional softball players for generations to come.

It is important now to move forward and that is what we are doing. We recently released a statement regarding the formation of a committee to review Championship Series policies to avoid any situations similar to this in the future. We have also issued a statement regarding refunds for the Sunday game(s). All of that can be found on our website at http://www.profastpitch.com .

For three days, the Championship Series was an incredible event. Our players, on all four teams, did not disappoint as they displayed their spectacular talents with the passion we are used to seeing from NPF athletes. The outcry of concern for the ending of the Series is a reflection of how dedicated and attached each of you are to professional fastpitch. That speaks well for the NPF. I understand the disappointment of so many, including players, fans, coaches and staff. I assure you we are working on planning that will improve this situation and the outcome in the future. I hope you will join me in looking forward to the 2013 season being bigger and better than ever.

Sincerely,

Cheri Kempf
Commissioner
NPF