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Northwoods League Announces Streaming Rights Agreement with ESPN+

NWL All-Star Game, Major League Dreams Showcase, Playoffs and daily games to air exclusively on ESPN+

Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League today announced a new rights agreement with ESPN+ to stream select games each day of the 2022 season. These games will be available exclusively on ESPN+, along with the Northwoods League All-Star Game, the Major League Dreams Showcase, the League playoffs and Summer Collegiate World Series.

“We are excited for our agreement with the Northwoods League to begin later this month,” said John Lasker, Vice President, Digital Media Programming, ESPN. “Presenting this collegiate summer league makes a great addition to our already expansive collegiate and professional baseball programming on ESPN+.”

The Northwoods League has a four-camera HD setup in each ballpark in the league and has been streaming games for over ten years. The League also produces a nightly studio show that recaps the previous night’s games and previews that day’s matchups.

“This is a game-changer for the Northwoods League to go along with our efforts in the gambling world we expect an unprecedented level of exposure for the League for years to come,” said Northwoods League Chairman/Co-Founder Dick Radatz, Jr.

The opening night matchups, May 30 on ESPN+, will feature the Wausau Woodchucks travelling to Fond du Lac to take on the Dock Spiders in the Great Lakes Division. In the Great Plains Division, the Duluth Huskies will visit the Mankato MoonDogs. The Northwoods League All-Star Game will take place on July 19 in Wisconsin Rapids and the Major League Dreams Showcase will return to La Crosse on August 2.

The first week of games on ESPN+ is listed below and more games will be announced soon.

 

Date                    Time                     Away                                  Away State              Home                                     Home State

05/30               1:05 PM            Wausau Woodchucks               WI                 Fond du Lac Dock Spiders              WI

05/30               6:35 PM            Duluth Huskies                         MN                Mankato MoonDogs                        MN

05/31               6:35 PM            Duluth Huskies                          MN               Mankato MoonDogs                         MN

06/01               6:35 PM            Kenosha Kingfish                      WI                Kokomo Jackrabbits                          IN

06/01               7:05 PM            Rochester Honkers                   MN               Bismarck Larks                                  ND

06/02               11:35 AM          Green Bay Rockers                    WI                Fond du Lac Dock Spiders              WI

06/02               6:35 PM            Rochester Honkers                  MN               Bismarck Larks                                  ND

06/03               7:05 PM            Battle Creek Battle Jacks        MI                Traverse City Pit Spitters                 MI

06/03               7:05 PM            Minnesota Mud Puppies        MN              St. Cloud Rox                                      MN

06/04               3:05 PM            Willmar Stingers                     MN               Duluth Huskies                                 MN

06/04               7:05 PM            Battle Creek Battle Jacks        MI               Traverse City Pit Spitters                 MI

06/05               2:05 PM            Rockford Rivets                        IL                   Kokomo Jackrabbits                       IN

06/05               4:05 PM            Mankato MoonDogs               MN                 St. Cloud Rox                                   MN

 

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The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Entering its’ 29th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). League games are viewable live for FREE via the Northwoods League website at watchnwl.com as well as select games on ESPN+. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

 

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