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The NPF announced today that the championship series in Sulfar, Louisana will be covered by ESPN2 and ESPN3! I think this is a step forward for the NPF! It's a small thing but it has to start somewhere!

http://www.profastpitch.com/news/index.html?article_id=1621
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This is great news for NPF!

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Who is paying for the ESPN air time?

That will tell me if this is a HUGE breakthrough for the NPF!

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According to the article it's the money raised so far with the 20 for 20 campaign.

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Well this is most definitely a huge step for the league.

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Why is it a HUGE step for the NPF?

Professional Women's Softball has been paying for ESPN air time for many years!

When ESPN pays the NPF! That will be huge!

What is important is that they keep getting exposure on TV.

That is why I donated to the 20 for 20 program!

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NPF Championship Series info:  Please support our sport!

ESPN2 - LIVE - Sunday Aug 21st - 1pm CST

Monday - ESPN2 - 9pm CST

ESPN3 - All Championship Games - Sat, Aug 20th - 7pm game CST and Sunday - 1pm CST (if game is 4:30pm)

Live Streaming of ALL Games - Thursday< Aug 18th thru Aug 20th > from http://www.profastpitch.com

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I agree with Original coach.
Why is this a huge step? It isn't. It is keeping the train on the right track.
NPF has been on ESPn since it started (airing games each season).
Women Pro fastpitch has been around since 1989 and has been a rollercoaster.....even when the NPF first began we have gone from 6 teams to 5 to 4 teams now. And teams have been bought and dropped.
Get to 8 teams and maintain it.
They need teams in southwest and west coast (where Big 12 and pac10 are) and they need more teams so it isn't just a barnstorm tour and feels more like a league (4 teams is too small for a league to succeed longterm- 8 minimum and you need east and west). With usa and canada you have over 750 universities that sport softball. So you have 40,000 women players each year, plus the players out of college who didn't make a ateam the year before.....all trying for 1 of 80 total roster spots (4 teams with 20 spots per team). Majority of team players will keep their  spot so only a handful of spots will be open (around 20 total). This means less that the top 1% of women softball players in north america will play NPF (basically 20% of the top 1%). More teams = more rostert spots = more exposure coast to coast with teams west and southwest= more fans in stands= more tv time = more sponsors.

Keep the ship in the right direction, don't clash with usa national softball team, and contiinue to grow. I have and will continue to support women's softball by attending college games, college world series, national team games, and NPF games (on tv and in person). Plus donating and buying merchandise. Being in okc on and off alot helps with half of that. lol

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Bandits win game 2 with a score of 10-3 to take the championship series 2 games to 0.

Pride were regular season champs with a record of 30-9.
Chicago was 3rd placeof the 4 teams with a 20-20 record.
They won a 4-3 extra inning game the night before (where cat osterman left in 5th with an injury) and sunday they win to take the best of 3 series 2-0 and the championship.



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I agree with Original coach.
Why is this a huge step? It isn't. It is keeping the train on the right track.
NPF has been on ESPn since it started (airing games each season).
Women Pro fastpitch has been around since 1989 and has been a rollercoaster.....even when the NPF first began we have gone from 6 teams to 5 to 4 teams now. And teams have been bought and dropped.
Get to 8 teams and maintain it.
They need teams in southwest and west coast (where Big 12 and pac10 are) and they need more teams so it isn't just a barnstorm tour and feels more like a league (4 teams is too small for a league to succeed longterm- 8 minimum and you need east and west). With usa and canada you have over 750 universities that sport softball. So you have 40,000 women players each year, plus the players out of college who didn't make a ateam the year before.....all trying for 1 of 80 total roster spots (4 teams with 20 spots per team). Majority of team players will keep their  spot so only a handful of spots will be open (around 20 total). This means less that the top 1% of women softball players in north america will play NPF (basically 20% of the top 1%). More teams = more rostert spots = more exposure coast to coast with teams west and southwest= more fans in stands= more tv time = more sponsors.

Keep the ship in the right direction, don't clash with usa national softball team, and contiinue to grow. I have and will continue to support women's softball by attending college games, college world series, national team games, and NPF games (on tv and in person). Plus donating and buying merchandise. Being in okc on and off alot helps with half of that. lol
 

I don't think anybody thinks this game being on ESPN is going to save this league or anything. It is far from perfect and there are alot of things that need to be done. I personally think expanding shouldn't be the top priority right now. They already have one team that has no owner or home field. Adding more teams right now is only going to stretch the already limited budget and further hurt the teams they already have. They need to first off find an owner and a home field for the Diamonds.  Then they need to work on getting nice fields like the one in Chicago built for the other 3 teams and growing the attendance for these teams. Right now the NPF simply lacks the funding and support to expand and have other teams. This is going to be slow and at times rough road. Once the interest and the funds are there then they need to look into expanding and creating new teams. I don't think adding more teams right now would do anything but bankrupt the NPF faster. The NPF made some big steps this season. They provided people a free way to watch the games online. They got another game(could have been 2 if they would have needed an if-necessary game) on TV. They added several big names to their rosters. They had more of their draftees actually play with their teams then they have many other years. They had very good attendance for alot of their games. I think overall it was a successful season for the NPF and something they can build off of.

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I agree with and respect your passion and support even if I push for Npf to crap or get off the pot. Support from fans like you is invaluable. But back to the "growth" discussion.....

--watching games online has been available seasons before thru mlb.com
--Big name stars on 4 rosters full of big name stars is just an all-star league and does not have the feel of a league..especially to those outside of where florida, chicago and ohio teams play. Like watching the olympic/national team split into 4 squads playing each other over and over and over. For example: Softball fans in arizona, oklahoma and california aren't attending games, barely watch games (check out where tv viewership is for the games),more draftees made teams because some vet players retired this season, attendance stayed steady. There are pro football, baseball, basketball and hockey teams that make tons of money that complain about building new stadiums. Many things go intosports facilities being built besides money.

These issues all came up when WNBA was started. They stated with 8 teams- 4 east and 4 west. First season had american stars and sprinkled it with stars from australia, brazil, etc.
I was there for tip off of game 1 and was a season ticket holder for first few years til I moved. I supported the league and home team. But had all the teams been east and I couldnt attend games I would have just supported college basketball local teams. WNBA would not have grown from 8 to 16 without coast to coast teams. Average fans will cheer their local athletes and some will follow them beyond. Casual fans aren't tuning in unless it is a local team. Us die hards watch little league and up, international games, keep up with international teams as well as college teams and usa national team and npf. We can keep a sport on the right track but we can't get it over the hump. It has to expand. Play at college venues if you need to but open up 4 more teams, twice the roster spots, more variety in teams and pitchers, etc.
This is how they get the sport back to olympics--growth. The current format is not going to help the league grow anytme soon. A handful of teams and folding teams as years go on (which is what has happened) is a slow pace and b asically waiting for some millionaire to drop tons of money itno the league. There is nothing different happening in the sport that will all of a sudden have many more fans attending the 4 teams and more revenue. Fans support local teams and it is nice to see local players play at the next level in person. Arizona fans (and georgia, texas, michigan, etc) will support a local team even if they played at asu or UofA stadiums. You have to spend money to make money and grow...the wnba learned that.

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