PRESS RELEASE – The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced today a ground-breaking, minor league baseball agreement with ESPN, who will gain the exclusive rights to place games on its digital and television networks. The deal will begin with Skeeters home game coverage throughout the 2014 season. Additionally, ESPN will host exclusive coverage of the Roger Clemens Celebrity Slam Softball Game (July 15) and the 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game (July 16) live from Constellation Field.
Each of the 72 interactive events are set to include unique, in-game featured interviews, first-hand information regarding strategy on the field, as well as a look inside the dugout with Skeeters Manager Gary Gaetti. All games will be produced live and may be accessed online at WatchESPN.com and SugarLandSkeeters.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
Under the direction of newly-appointed Executive Producer Don Graham, viewers will gain behind-the-scenes access to Skeeters game action as the club becomes the first professional minor league baseball team to showcase full-season, innovative live coverage with ESPN3. The new format will introduce fans to the individual players and coaches on the field, as well as the developing stories within the Atlantic League as Gaetti looks to repeat the team’s record-breaking success from 2013.
“Forging a media relationship with ESPN is a huge step in the development of our brand,” said Sugar Land Skeeters President Jon Danos. “We can now visually deliver a high quality production to our fans everywhere, which is a great opportunity given the Skeeters stories that have been told on a nation-wide stage. I think fans will love our unique approach, which will feature elements never seen before in professional baseball. ESPN is the gold standard and we’re proud to be working with them.”
For more information and questions on how to find and watch the Skeeters on ESPN3, visit the team’s website at SugarLandSkeeters.com or call the Constellation Field main office at 281-240-4487.
Individual game tickets are still available for the Skeeters’ 2014 season at Constellation Field. A complete promotional schedule, game times and information on how to purchase tickets for Opening Day, the Atlantic League All-Star Game, Independence Day Celebration and the rest of the 2014 season are available by calling 281-240-4487 or visiting the team’s website today.
About the Sugar Land Skeeters
The Sugar Land Skeeters, who captured an all-time best Atlantic League record of 95-45 in 2013, are led by former Major Leaguer Gary Gaetti and will host the 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game on July 16, 2014 at Constellation Field, a state-of-the-art stadium located just 20 minutes from downtown Houston.
The Skeeters play 140 regular season games (70 home, 70 away) in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major League ready” and in the last 16 years, over 600 players have graduated from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball.
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. The network is currently available to more than 92 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.