Press release World Baseball Softball Confederation
PULLY, Switzerland; 11 September 2020 — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced that its OTT platform GameTime.sport has won the exclusive international broadcast and digital rights for the 2020-2021 season of Cuba’s iconic baseball league, the Serie Nacional.
WBSC/GameTime.Sport exclusively holds all broadcast and online rights outside the Cuban territory.
“This partnership will help showcase and make the iconic brand of Cuban baseball available to a global audience for the first time in history,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “Cuba’s Series Nacional has produced some of the best and most legendary players in the game, and that’s why it’s an attractive product and perfect fit to further expand the programming of our OTT platform gametime.sport.”
The 60th Cuban Serie Nacional, one of the most iconic baseball leagues in the world, is set to begin on Saturday, 12 September, at 2pm local time at the Victoria de Girón Stadium in Matanzas. The defending champions Matanzas will play the 2019-2020 runner ups Camaguey on opening day.
The 75-game regular season will end on 27 December. The final series is scheduled from 28 January to 5 February.
More information about the Serie Nacional 2020-2021.
TeamMate Sport International, a WBSC partner, is the official provider of game balls and equipment for Cuba’s Serie Nacional.
The 16 teams represent the Provinces of the island. They are split into two divisions. The West clubs are Matanzas, Pinar del Rio, Artemisa, Industriales Havana, Isla de la Juventud, Mayabeque, Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus. The East clubs are Camaguey, Villa Clara, Ciego de Avila, Las Tunas, Holguin, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo.
The Serie Nacional was founded after professional baseball was abolished in Cuba in 1961. The Industriales have the most league titles (12). The defending champions Matanzas won last year for the first time.