ONE World Sports Partners With Yomiuri Giants To Broadcast Games In North America
English-language network ONE World Sports has entered into a licensing agreement with free-to-air broadcaster Nippon Television Network Corp. to bring Japanese baseball team Yomiuri Giants to fans in North America. The Yomiuri Giants are the reigning champions of the Nippon Professional Baseball league and are often known as "The New York Yankees of Japan." The agreement provides ONE World Sports exclusive North American rights to broadcast 72 Giants regular season games in '13 through TV and broadband, from March 29 through September. As Japan's oldest team, the Giants are known for nearly three decades of legendary slugger Sadaharu Oh as a player and manager. Oh has most recently served as recruiting territory for the MLB. Int'l Business Development Divisional VP Yukiko Kimishima said, "There has always been a strong connection between the Nippon Professional Baseball and U.S. Major League Baseball, and this new agreement allows the team great exposure in the United States" (ONE World Sports).