Thursday, September 13, 2012 |01:19 |Age: 250 days
Euros on TVBy: CEB
The Confederation of European Baseball, in conjunction with the KNBSB, NOS and Eurosport 2/Eurosport Asia Pacific will be producing and broadcasting 4 games of the European Championship. The event took off on September 7th and the Championship Game will be played September 16th, with games being held in the cities of Rotterdam, Haarlem and Utrect. 12 teams (divided into 2 groups) are participating in the event, with Italy being the returning champion. The top 6 (Italy, Spain, Sweden from group 'A'; The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic from group 'B', will compete for the medals starting Thursday 13th.
The addition of the production will make available one of International Baseball’s great showcases to over 70 million baseball fans globally. ‘We are very happy to make these games available,” stated acting CEB President Petr Ditrich from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Ditrich also stated, "This development demonstrates the growing popularity of the game in Europe. With the addition of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in the European sphere of competition, we look set for great gains in interest and participation."
The official tournament website can be found at
Results, standings and statistics can be found at
Game times are:
On Thursday September 13th: Sweden-Netherlands live from 7.30 to 10.00 pm (CET) on the Pan European version
On Friday September 14th: Netherlands-Spain live from 7.30 to 10.00 pm (CET) in Western and Southern Europe only
On Saturday 15th: Italy-Netherlands live from 7.30 to 10 pm (CET) in Western and Southern Europe and from 8.30 to 10.00 pm (CET) on the Pan European Version
Final on Sunday 16th: live from 1.00 pm (CET) on the Pan European version
CEB, the governing body for Baseball in Europe, is an independent association formed by 38 National federations of Baseball throughout Europe. CEB is recognized as the sole competent authority for Baseball in Europe by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).
The KNBSB is the national governing body for Baseball and Softball in the Netherlands. Celebrating their 100th anniversary, the KNBSB and their senior national
team, "The Orange" are the current IBAF Baseball World Champions, winning the 2011 IBAF baseball World Cup. The top league in the Netherlands is the Hoofdklasse.
NOS is a public broadcasting organisation in the Netherlands, reaching 1.5 million people daily. NOS Sport broadcasts three "SportNews" programs per day utilising the Netherlands three national free to air channels.. In addition NOS broadcasts four highlight-programs throughout the weekend, and live sport Sunday afternoon.NOS Sport also shows live the Champions League, Speed skating and other major sports events.
Eurosport 2 is one of the fastest-growing TV channels in Europe, reaching 60 million households in 18 languages across 47 countries. Eurosport 2 HD was launched in August 2009 and offers extensive coverage of premium properties such as Bundesliga football. Eurosport Asia-Pacific reaches 17 countries in the region.
SOUTHERN EUROPE AND MEDITERRANEAN: Cyprus, Grreece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Turkey
WESTERN AND NORTHERN EUROPE Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
CENTRAL, EASTERN EUROPE AND OTHER COUNTRIES Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia.Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, MAcedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine