Thursday, February 19, 2009

The stage is set

The planning for the World Cup of Baseball (no, not the WBC) is in full swing, and things are looking good.

The first round games will be held in Moscow, Prague, Regensburg, Sundyberg (Stockholm), and Barcelona Spain. The second round will be split between Italy and the Netherlands, while the final round will be in Italy on 27 September. In total, 22 nations will compete for the coveted world championship.
Yup, the US will be there also. No pro players, at least at the Major League level, but it's going to be good.
Ticketing, television and media accreditation information for all venues will be announced in the coming few weeks. The first venue to put tickets on sale in Regensburg, Germany has already sold over 10,000 tickets.
Okay, did you get that. Regensburg has sold over 10,000 tickets for first round games. A round robin featuring 4 teams. Of course, it's several games, but the Pirates are a major league franchise and they can't sell that many for a single game.
One of the good things about this is that MLB isn't really involved. We already seeing how they can't get the WBC off the ground, and getting the best players in the world to participate. This is being run by the IBF, so is should go a little more smoothly.
You'll be seeing lots more on this in the coming months.

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