WEYMOUTH – Some of the game’s brightest young stars are about to get their one shining moment.
The Futures Collegiate Baseball League recently inked a television deal to feature all six of its teams in three regionally-televised games on New England Sports Network during the month of August.
The announcement was made Tuesday by FCBL Commissioner Joe Paolucci.
“Partnering with NESN is an exciting opportunity for the Futures League,” Paolucci said. “Our league is filled with a great deal of high-end talent this summer, and we are excited to showcase our brand of baseball, our teams and players to fans all over New England and beyond.”
The three-game package on NESN brings the region’s lone summer collegiate baseball competition in New England to a wide audience of viewers, marking the league’s first-ever partnership with a linear television network.
All three games as part of the FCBL’s 10th season of play are slated to air exclusively on NESN. The series kicks off on Monday, Aug. 3 when the New Britain Bees host the Westfield Starfires at 6:30 p.m.
“Partnering with NESN is an exciting opportunity for the Starfires as we continue to grow our footprint in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut,” Westfield Starfires Owner Christopher Thompson said. “The Futures League is loaded with future MLB draft picks, and we are thrilled to showcase our brand of baseball to fans all over New England.”
The two remaining games will be 1 p.m. Saturday matinees, beginning with the defending champion Worcester Bravehearts traveling to Campanelli Stadium to face the Brockton Rox on Aug. 8. The final televised game on Aug. 15 features the Nashua Silver Knights and North Shore Navigators from Historic Holman Stadium.
NESN, the home of Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins coverage, is consistently one of the top-rated regional sports networks in the country. This summer, the FCBL joins Hockey East and numerous schools throughout New England including Northeastern, Harvard and Boston University as part of an extensive lineup of collegiate programming. – Material from the FCBL was used in this report