The national office of the NJCAA – the governing body of two-year college athletics – announced today that the national title games of the upcoming 2016 NJCAA Division I Baseball World Series will be broadcast live in HD across computers and mobile devices on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball.
This year’s edition of the NJCAA Division I Baseball World Series – also known as the JUCO World Series – will take place May 28 – June 4 at Sam Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colorado. Through the partnership with MLBAM, MLB.com will produce and air the live, HD broadcast of the tournament’s championship on June 3 and June 4 (if necessary). In the booth for MLB.com will be MLB Network’s Scott Braun and four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson. In addition, Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster Daron Sutton will provide in-depth interviews of players, coaches and tournament representatives.
“The NJCAA has a great, long-standing partnership with Major League Baseball and the addition of having the organization’s premier baseball championship airing live on MLB.com only exemplifies that relationship,” commented NJCAA Executive Director Mary Ellen Leicht. “The additional exposure and attention our student-athletes and member colleges will receive as part of this opportunity is very exciting and valuable. On behalf of the NJCAA Board of Directors and member colleges, I want to thank Commissioner Rob Manfred and his staff for their support of the NJCAA.”
The JUCO World Series has a storied history of featuring future MLB talent. Since 1985, more than 70 players that participated in the tournament have suited up for an MLB club, including 2015 National League MVP Bryce Harper (Southern Nevada – 2010), Cy Young Award winners Eric Gagne (Seminole State, Okla. – 1995) and Cliff Lee (Meridian, Miss. – 1998) in addition to two-time World Series champions Brandon Belt (San Jacinto, Texas - 2007) and John Lackey (Grayson County, Texas – 1999).
Along with the live MLB.com broadcasts of the national title games of this year’s JUCO World Series, live video broadcasts of all games beginning May 28 to June 2 will be available on NJCAA TV (www.njcaatv.com) – the official digital video network of the NJCAA.
About the NJCAA : Since 1938, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has served as the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering athletic and academic opportunities to college students. The NJCAA is the second-largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 42 states. Each year nearly 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and seven football bowl games. NJCAA Headquarters has been located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, since 1985. For more information visit www.njcaa.org.