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Published On: May 18th, 2023

Northwoods League Renews Rights Agreement with ESPN

NWL All-Star Games to air on ESPNU, Playoffs and daily games to stream exclusively on ESPN+

Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League today announced a renewed rights agreement with ESPN to stream select games each day of the 2023 season. These games will be available exclusively on ESPN+, along with the League playoffs and Summer Collegiate World Series. The Great Lakes and Great Plains All-Star Games hosted by the Traverse City Pit Spitters and the Bismarck Larks will air on ESPNU.

The Northwoods League has a four-camera HD setup in each ballpark in the league and has been streaming games for over ten years.

“ESPN+ gives the Northwoods League outstanding viewership during the summer months and having a number of games on ESPNU the next couple of years gives Northwoods League players a high level of exposure at this point in their careers,” said Northwoods League Chairman/Co-Founder Dick Radatz, Jr.

The opening night matchups, May 29 on ESPN+, will feature the Rockford Rivets travelling to Traverse City to take on the Pit Spitters in the Great Lakes Division and the Thunder Bay Border Cats travelling to Mankato to take on the MoonDogs in the Great Plains. The Northwoods League All-Star Game in the Great Lakes Division will take place on July 25 in Traverse City and the All-Star Game in the Great Plains will be on August 1 in Bismarck. Both games will air on ESPNU. The League will also air the June 22 game in Bismarck and the July 2 game in Traverse City on ESPNU.

The first week of games on ESPN+ is listed below.

Date                    Time                 Away                   Away State            Home                      Home State

05/29/2023       07:35 PM    Thunder Bay Border Cats ONT, Canada        Mankato MoonDogs                  MN

05/29/2023       07:05 PM    Rockford Rivets                   IL                    Traverse City Pit Spitters       MI

05/30/2023       11:05 AM    Kokomo Jackrabbits            IN                     Battle Creek Battle Jacks      MI

05/30/2023       07:35 PM    Fond du Lac Dock Spiders    WI                    Green Bay Rockers                  WI

05/31/2023       07:35 PM    St. Cloud Rox                      MN                   Bismarck Larks                    ND

05/31/2023       08:05 PM    Eau Claire Express              WI                    Willmar Stingers                   MN

06/01/2023       12:35 PM    Madison Mallards                WI                    Fond du Lac Dock Spiders    WI

06/01/2023       07:35 PM    Waterloo Bucks                   IA                     La Crosse Loggers                   WI

06/02/2023       06:35 PM    Kokomo Jackrabbits            IN                     Kalamazoo Growlers                  MI

06/02/2023       08:05 PM    Willmar Stingers                  MN                   Bismarck Larks                   ND

06/03/2023       07:35 PM    Mankato MoonDogs             MN                   Rochester Honkers                  MN

06/03/2023       06:35 PM    Kokomo Jackrabbits            IN                     Kalamazoo Growlers                  MI

06/04/2023       02:05 PM    Green Bay Rockers              WI                    Lakeshore Chinooks                   WI

06/04/2023       02:05 PM    Fond du Lac Dock Spiders    WI                    Wausau Woodchucks            WI


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Entering its’ 30th 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, 325 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 as well as select games on ESPN+ and ESPNU. For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

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