Symbol: TSX-V: QBA
MONTREAL, Oct. 25, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - LGC Capital Ltd. (TSXV: QBA) ("LGC") is pleased to announce that Rushmans, LGC's 50/50 partner with respect to Cuban Sport, 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 rights cover approximately 60 games between November 1st and January 24th 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, covering 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 HD signal, Spanish and English commentaries and graphics. Weekday games will vary their first pitch time between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. while all weekend games will start at 2:00 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 Play-Offs 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 Québec.
David Lenigas, LGC's Co-Chairman & CEO, commented; "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."
Rushmans has made the following global Media Release:
RUSHMANS TO CO-PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE CUBA BASEBALL SERIES TV RIGHTS WORLDWIDE
Havana, 24th October 2016
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 Second Phase and Playoffs of this season are to be distributed and commercialised by Rushmans and through their appointed agents Pitch International.
The rights cover around 60 matches between November 1st and January 24th 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.
Rushmans has been granted the rights by RTVC, the Commercial Enterprise of Cuban Radio and Television. The deal is for four seasons, covering 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 HD signal, Spanish and English commentaries and graphics. Weekday games will vary their first pitch time between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm while all weekend games will start at 2:00 pm. (All times are local).
Phase Two of the season sees six qualifiers from the initial 16 team competition battling for places in the Play-Offs which start in the New Year. The teams will be reinforced by Cuban baseball stars currently making history overseas with teams including the Japanese Yomiuri Giants and Canada's Capitales de Québec.
Nigel Rushman, founder of Rushmans said:
"The National Baseball Series is the most important sports event series in a nation where baseball runs through the veins of the people.
"For generations Cuba has been producing hugely talented players, many of whom have gone on to find further fame overseas. Now the world has the opportunity to see Cuban baseball at first hand and experience not only the excitement of the games and the extraordinary talent of the players but the passion of the fans and the remarkable hold the sport has on the country.
"Cuba is perhaps historically the sport's most important nation outside the USA. There is already tremendous interest in everything that is happening in Cuba. We are proud to have been appointed by RTVC and to play a role in sharing Cuban baseball with the world. This represents the only route to obtaining these rights."
Joel Ortega, Director General of RTV said:
"This represents an exciting move into Baseball for us and Cuba is perhaps historically the sport's most important nation outside the USA. There is already tremendous interest in everything that is happening in Cuba and we look forward to helping to negotiate the very best deals for RTV, Cuban Baseball and our International Broadcast clients."
Trevor East, Chairman of Pitch International said:
"We have worked hard to ensure Rushmans has full rights for these broadcasts and the ability to distribute worldwide. It gives us the opportunity to share our content with the world of sports and bring them under control through one route of distribution."
For further information, please contact
Sales and Enquiries through Rushmans Sales at Pitch International:
UK + 44 7920 703 247
UK +44 7710 192960
Lilien Trujillo Vitón
CUBA +53 53395263
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LGC's joint venture partner on this venture, Rushmans has more than 25 years' experience in world sport and has advised and supported sports governing bodies and played a key role in planning and delivering a host of major events including European Championships in football and World Cups in cricket and rugby. Rushmans has also acted as a strategic advisor to sport bodies and corporations worldwide.
About LGC (http://www.lgc-capital.com)
LGC has significant investments and joint ventures in international companies with Cuban ties, that are well positioned to grow with the Cuban economy. Sectors include the following: Oil and Gas, Sports Management, Consulting, Travel & Tourism, Events, TV & Film Production, Agricultural, Renewable Energy and Import & Export.
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