Nashville, TN - March 30, 2015 Please see below for some additions and adjustments to the 2015 NPF Draft.
Dallas Will Make Market Choice Selection The Dallas Charge have chosen to exercise a previous option offered to them by the league, and make a “Market Choice Selection” prior to the 2015 NPF Draft commencement.
The Market Choice Selection option affords Dallas the opportunity to choose a player that is either originally from the state of Texas or competed in collegiate softball for a Texas college or university. That player will be chosen prior to the Draft and will be announced during the live national telecast of the Draft between the 3rd and 4th rounds.
Exercising the Market Choice Selection will reduce the overall number of Draft picks for Dallas to nine instead of the original ten. The 34th pick will be replaced by the Market Choice Selection by Dallas.
2015 NPF Draft Presented by Bownet Televised Live on CBS Sports Network
National Pro Fastpitch recently released news of the 2015 television schedule for NPF action. For the second year in a row, the league has partnered with CBS Sports Network for exclusive live television coverage.
One of the most exciting additions to the live coverage package is a 90-minute telecast of the 2015 NPF College Draft Presented by Bownet. Television coverage of the Draft has never taken place in the history of professional softball. The Draft takes place on April 1st at 6:30 pm ET from the CMA Theatre inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville, TN.
The Draft will be co-hosted by Bernie Guenther and Barb Jordan with the creative team of producer, Casey Carter and director, John Tackett. The production company for the 2015 NPF season is Guenther Productions, based out of Orlando, FL.
All details for following the Draft on CBS Sports Network, including a channel finder for all viewing areas, can be found on the NPF website at www.profastpitch.com.
Draft Enjoys Combination of New and Former Partnerships in 2015
The NPF Draft will be title sponsored for the third consecutive year by Bownet. Bownet President, Jack Lucas has been a consistent partner with the NPF Draft and a supporter of professional fastpitch softball. Lucas will be in attendance at the Draft itself and Bownet will have a booth set up in the reception area.
Combat, Dick’s Sporting Goods, USSSA and The Village of Rosemont are all co-presenters for this year’s Draft and are recognized on the CBS Sports Network live telecast. Don DeDonatis of USSSA , Don Cooper of Combat, and Darla Enoch with Dick’s Sporting Goods are also planning to attend the Draft in person.
Round sponsors for the Draft include Jaeger Sports (Round 1), Better Softball (Round 2), Swivel Vision (Round 3), Power Up Wedge (Round 4), Just Softball (Round 5), and V-Flex (Round 6). Haley Downs and Brett Evans of Better Softball, Steve Gossett of Power Up Wedge, Deb Hartwig of V-Flex, and Tim Nicely of V-Flex will all be attending the 2015 Draft in-person.
2015 NPF Draft Presented by Bownet Providing Full Slate of Following Options
In addition to the live national television telecast on CBS Sports Network, Internet radio and social media outlets will be providing up to the second coverage.
NPF will provide instantaneous social media announcements of every selection as they are made through the platforms of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can follow NPF at National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) on Facebook and @profastpitch on Twitter and Instagram. Individual teams will also be carrying Draft details via social media and team websites.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) 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 and has been since 2002.