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http://www.profastpitch.com/news/?article_id=1892

New NPF Team Returns Professional Softball To Northeast

 

Nashville, TN - National Pro Fastpitch announced today the addition of a new team set to begin competition in the upcoming 2013 season. The new team, the NY/NJ Comets, will be headquartered in Bridgewater, New Jersey and will play games in venues located in New Jersey and New York, with a two game outreach series in Pennsylvania.

The Comets were granted rights to expiring contracts for players who were on the roster of the former Carolina Diamonds in 2012, whose franchise was terminated following the conclusion of the 2012 championship season.  In addition, the Comets will assume the second position in each round of the upcoming player draft (the position vacated as a result of the termination of the Carolina franchise). 

Michael Neuwirth is the President and acting General Manager of the newly formed NY/NJ Comets and will be handling the day to day operations of the team.


“I am thrilled to be part of NPF and bring professional softball to the Northeast,” Neuwirth said. “Having daughters who play softball, I gained an appreciation for the sport as a parent, coach and fan.”

“Softball has had a positive influence on our family. It began in 2008 when our daughters met their idols Jessica Mendoza, Jennie Finch, and the rest of the USA Olympians. The look of joy when our daughters received autographs planted the seed for what eventually grew into the NY/NJ Comets,” Neuwirth continued. “Today, those Olympians and many more elite athletes are playing in the NPF. These women inspire our youth both on and off the field. The mission of the Comets is to showcase these extraordinary role models in the Northeast and to promote the female spirit through softball.”

Fans in the Northeastern market will have many opportunities to see the Comets as they bring 16 home games to the region in 2013. Those games will be played in minor league baseball venues that will be converted for regulation NPF competition. Tickets will be available beginning February 21, 2013, and may be purchased through the Comets Pro Softball website or on any game day at the venue location box office. 

"The League is thrilled to deliver professional fastpitch competition to the Northeastern market once again," commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. "This is an area that has always supported the sport of fastpitch softball and continues to produce top quality players in our sport. I believe the fan base that exists here, will support the overall growth of this game at the professional level."

The NPF is set to celebrate in 2013 its tenth regular season, with championship play opening in June. The Comets join the Akron Racers, the League’s most experienced professional organization celebrating a 12th season of professional competition in 2013;  the winningest organization in NPF history, the Chicago Bandits; and the USSSA Florida Pride, an organization that boasts the most decorated and accomplished roster, touting 9 former Olympians. Schedule details for the 2013 season are set to be released mid-February.

 
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch 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 since 2002.
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A new team was expected. They were not going to have a season with just 3 teams in the league. Still surprised they have no teams in the west,  midwest or pacific.
Arizona would be a great place for a team. Phoenix is 5 hours to los angeles, a few hours from vegas, easy flight from oklahome or texas, and you cover the Big 12, pac12, wac and the whole other side of the usa that right now does not have a team. And we have to get to at least 6 teams or the league will continue to fold teams each year. Spread the talent...more opportunities for more players not just the elite....and make women pro softball a national sport with teams in all regions.

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The best place to have a pro softball team would be Las Vegas, as people would go there for gambling and will spend some time to watch softball. anyplace else will be a loser.
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Vegas would be a great place. Definately gets people to travel there as they can do other things besides travel to another state to watch softball then fly back home. Plus promotions for it could be huge and it could be part of vegas packages that hotels and casinos have.
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The problem with a single venue is that the teams themselves don't have a central fan base.  Unfortunately that is not how sports in the US works.  Could you imagine if Kansas City Chiefs, St Louis Rams, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings played all their games in one city?  I know it isn't exactly the same, NFL is the most popular league in the country, but in order for teams to thrive there needs to be some sort of civic and community pride.  A franchise cannot depend on tourism as a means to exist.  If they did any franchise in Orlando would be the top franchise in their sport.

As has been talked about ad nauseum on this forum, there are plenty of reasons why the NPF struggles to catch on.  But to me the single most obvious one is their target audience, that being young women, 8-16 and their families.  These individuals are spending the majority of their weekends at a softball field playing or watching their kids.  

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Still surprised they have no teams in the west,  midwest or pacific.


I guess you must consider the midwestern teams of Illinois and Akron to be east coast???

FTR, there are the midwest states: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
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The best place to have a pro softball team would be Las Vegas, as people would go there for gambling and will spend some time to watch softball. anyplace else will be a loser.


Are you out of your mind???? If Las Vegas were so popular, the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL would all have teams there. Plus, the NPF would fold before ever considering an association with the vice of gambling. Their moral standards are too high. It will never happen. Plus it is too hot there to have a team play in the summer.
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What they need is more people to pay the bills. That means owners to pay the players and fans to buy the product. Cheri Kempf needs to work a bit harder to find the money to do that. Those of you who think a certain area, maybe your area, can support a team, let her know.
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This weekend the Dutch National team announced to take part in the NPF this summer! This is a life time experience for the Dutch players. We hope they do well this summer.
Go Dutch!!
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The dutch national team will not play in the NPF this summer.
http://www.dutchsoftballteam.com/index-e.htm
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AKRON RACERS SIGN FIRST JAPANESE PLAYER IN NPF HISTORY -- 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ayumi Karino Heads To Akron For 2013 Season
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2013 Championship Series Schedule Released: New format will eliminate 1 -4 games from overall schedule
 
 
Nashville, TN - National Pro Fastpitch announced today the schedule for the 2013 Championship Series. The Series will return to The Ballpark at Rosemont in Rosemont, IL for the second year in a row and the final year of a two year contract for the Championship. 
 
The Championship Series is the league’s culmination of the regular season and includes all four of the affiliate league teams. The 2013 Championship Series will begin on Thursday August 22 with the finals on Saturday August 24. For the first time since 2009, the Championship format will change. The two notable changes include eliminating the best of 3 structure from the first 2 rounds of competition and reducing the length of the Championship from 4 days to 3. 
 
The Championship Series structure seeds teams based on their regular season finish. Opening day of the Series, Thursday August 22, will feature one game only at 7:00 pm CST. That game will pit the #4 seed against the #3 seed with high stakes. Only the winner will continue Series play. The loser of Thursday’s game will be eliminated.
 
Friday’s lineup will open up at 5:30 pm CST with the winner of Thursday’s game facing off against the #2 seed in the Series. The loser of Friday’s opening game is eliminated. The winner of Game 2 will move into the Championship’s Final Series, which is a best of 3 series against the Championship’s #1 seed. Game 1 of the Final Series is slated for an 8:30 start time on Friday night August 23. 
 
The Championship’s Final Series will continue Saturday with Game 2 at 4:00 pm CST. Game 3 of the Final Series, the “if necessary” game, if needed, is scheduled for 7:00 pm CST. 
 
Sunday will be a provisional rain date in the case of inclement weather throughout the Series. 
 
“We continue to try and perfect the Championship format,” stated NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf, “and this is another version that certainly puts more weight into the seeding. I think that is something our owner’s were really looking for, and at this point, compacting the Series into a 3 day event, also makes good sense for the League.”
 
Since 2011, ESPN has carried the Championship game of the Series on ESPN2 and ESPN3. The 2013 Series is again expected to have national television coverage with an announcement regarding that coverage expected in the near future.
 
The NPF celebrates its 10th Anniversary in the 2013 season. Opening Day is June 5, when the Chicago Bandits will host the Akron Racers for a 4 game series that lasts through June 8. Defending Ringor Cup Champions, USSSA Pride will open up on June 9 as they host the NY/NJ Comets in Kissimmee, FL. That series will last through June 11. The four league teams are scheduled to play an 88 game regular season schedule before heading to Rosemont, for the Championship Series. 
 
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. 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 since 2002. http://www.profastpitch.com
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Jay Nelson, Head Softball Coach at Rutgers University in New Jersey has been named the Head Coach of the NY/NJ Comets for the 2013 season. 
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TV Schedule announced:

DateTime (EST)GameNetwork
June 105:35 p.m.NY / NJ Comets at USSSA PrideESPN3
June 108:35 p.m.NY / NJ Comets at USSSA PrideESPN3
June 155:35 p.m.Chicago Bandits at USSSA PrideESPN3
June 158:35 p.m.Chicago Bandits at USSSA PrideESPN3
June 291:00 p.m.Chicago Bandits at Akron RacersESPN2
June 298:00 p.m.Chicago Bandits at Akron RacersESPN2
June 295:35 p.m.NY / NJ Comets at USSSA PrideESPN3
June 298:35 p.m.NY / NJ Comets at USSSA PrideESPN3
July 202:00 p.m.USSSA Pride at NY / NJ CometsESPN2
July 213:00 p.m.USSSA Pride at NY / NJ CometsESPN2
July 255:35 p.m.Akron Racers at USSSA PrideESPN3
July 258:35 p.m.Akron Racers at USSSA PrideESPN3
July 305:35 p.m.Chicago Bandits at USSSA PrideESPN3
July 308:35 p.m.Chicago Bandits at USSSA PrideESPN3
August 235:00 p.m.NPF Championship SeriesESPN2
August 245:00 p.m.NPF Championship SeriesESPN2
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