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LGC, Rushmans to co-produce historic Cuban baseball series

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 11:37
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LGC Capital Ltd.’s (CVE:QBA) 50/50 partner in Cuban sports Rushmans, has been granted the rights by RTVC, the commercial enterprise of Cuban Radio and Television, to co-produce and distribute the Cuban Baseball Series worldwide, the companies said on Tuesday.

The prestigious Cuba National Baseball Series, which has been the launch pad for many stellar international sports careers, is available to a global audience for the first time. Many of the best baseball players in the world are Cuban and the talent emanating from Cuba will now be seen on the world stage.

The rights cover about 60 games between Nov. 1 and Jan. 24 2017 and will feature iconic teams including reigning champions Ciego de Avila, Matanzas, which is coached by the legendary Victor Mesa, Granma and Villa Clara, which features Freddy Asiel Alvarez, one of the league’s hottest pitchers.

The deal is for four seasons, spanning the Olympic cycle as Cuba’s leading players compete for their clubs and for places on the national team at Tokyo 2020.

Six games per week will be made available to broadcasters worldwide by Rushmans on behalf of RTVC with high-definition signal, Spanish and English commentaries, and graphics. Weekday games will vary their first pitch time between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. while all weekend games will start at 2 p.m. (all times are Cuba local).

Phase two of the season sees six qualifiers from the initial 16-team competition battling for places in the playoffs which start in the new year. The teams will be reinforced by Cuban baseball stars currently playing overseas with teams including the Japanese Yomiuri Giants and Canada’s Capitales de Quebec.

Rushmans has been granted the rights by RTVC, the commercial enterprise of Cuban Radio and Television.

“This is a very significant development for televising Cuban baseball around the world over the next four seasons and for the Rushmans-LGC relationship. Importantly, this deal represents the only route for international broadcasters to obtain these rights,” said David Lenigas, LGC’s co-chairman and chief executive officer.

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