ROSEMONT, Ill. – In conjunction with the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) release of its 2014 television package, the Bandits have announced that due to the TV games, its game scheduled for Aug. 15 against the Akron Racers has been rescheduled for Aug. 13.
In addition to the Aug. 13 television game, Chicago will also host the Racers on Aug. 14 at The Ballpark in Rosemont. First pitch for Wed., Aug. 13 will be at 6:35 p.m. CDT and first pitch for Thurs., Aug. 14 will be at the regularly scheduled time of 7:05 p.m.
“This is a great opportunity for the league, Bandits and Village of Rosemont to be showcased on a national stage,” said Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore. “The schedule change is something that happens from time to time in sports and we’re excited to be a part of this television coverage.”
Because of the date change, the Bandits annual end of the season banquet will now be held on Fri., Aug. 15 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.
A total of 14 regular season games and four post-season games, including every game in the best-of-three championship series, will be televised this season. CBS Sports Network will televise games on Monday and Tuesday in prime time beginning with the USSSA Pride and Pennsylvania Rebellion on July 7th. The 18-game package will triple the league’s previous television coverage.
“We are thrilled to partner with CBS Sports Network to deliver our premier level of competition to a national audience on a regular basis,” NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf said. “We know there is a significant television fan base for fastpitch softball and we look forward to entertaining those folks along with many new fans with our summer of coverage.”
CBS Sports Network will begin its coverage on Monday, July 7 and will air games for seven consecutive weeks. The network will air six games in four days from Aug. 11-14 to cap the 2014 regular season.The NPF Championship series will be televised with one “pool play” game on Aug. 20 and all three championship games on Aug. 21-22, marking the first time the Championship Series Finals have been televised in their entirety.
CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports and is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
The Bandits return to the diamond this Thursday for a four-game series with the Akron Racers. This will be the second home series with Akron this season and will be games 9-12 with the Racers. The Bandits are currently 3-1 at home against Akron this season.
Tickets for all remaining home games, including the television games, are available now by calling the Bandits office at (877) 7BANDIT or visiting www.chicagobandits.com.
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2014 season will be the Bandits 10th season in the NPF.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.