GGL and New York Yankee Johnny Damon Launch the Professional Baseball Video Game League

Fourteen Major League Baseball Players to Compete Against Each Other and

Their Fans in New Online Video Game League

Dec 21, 2006, 00:00 ET from Global Gaming League

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- GGL, Major League
 Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), Boras Marketing and New York Yankee star
 centerfielder Johnny Damon today announced the formation of the
 Professional Baseball Video Game League (PBGL), in which some of pro
 baseball's best players will battle online against each other and their
 fans. GGL, Boras Marketing and MLBAM have entered into a joint venture to
 unite the culture of video games with the national pastime.
     "The PBGL is not a fantasy baseball league, but rather the ultimate
 online video competition featuring real MLB players and fans who live for
 the game," said Ted Owen, Chairman and Founder of GGL. "By bringing
 together our nation's traditional pastime and the fastest growing
 entertainment medium in the world, we're striving to make online video game
 competitions as much a part of American culture as baseball and apple pie."
     Damon will serve as League Commissioner for the PBGL's inaugural
 season, which kicks off this week with the first competitions on the
 league's chosen game, Microsoft's Project Gotham Racing(R) 3 for Xbox 360.
     The PBGL roster includes some of baseball's rising young stars, who
 were secured through GGL's exclusive relationship with Boras Marketing.
 Season one players include: Craig Hansen (Boston Red Sox), Julian Tavarez
 (Boston Red Sox), Matt Holliday (Colorado Rockies), Willy Taveras (Colorado
 Rockies), Prince Fielder (Milwaukee Brewers), Josh Barfield (Cleveland
 Indians), Corey Patterson (Baltimore Orioles), Rodrigo Lopez (Baltimore
 Orioles), Derek Lowe (Los Angeles Dodgers), Seth McClung (Tampa Devil
 Rays), Mike Pelfrey (New York Mets), Luke Hochevar (Kansas City Royals) and
 Dallas McPherson (Los Angeles Angels).
     "GGL is bringing together two of my biggest passions -- baseball and
 video games -- in a way that neither baseball fans nor video gamers have
 seen before," said Commissioner Damon. "Both baseball and video games play
 a huge role in today's culture in the US and around the world, and the PBGL
 is doing a great job of bringing these two communities together."
     "More importantly, the PBGL is allowing me to invoke another passion of
 mine -- the Wounded Warrior Project, which raises funds and awareness for
 wounded veterans," continued Damon." As Commissioner, I'm proud to add
 former U.S. Army Sergeant Steven Andrew Robison of Kansas City, Missouri,
 to this season's PBGL line-up."
     "We are thrilled that GGL has provided the opportunity for a group of
 our clients to participate in this new and exciting league," said Tyler
 Beckstrom at Boras Marketing. "It gives the players involved one more way
 to reach out and engage their fans while not taking away from their busy
 off-season work- out schedules."
     "GGL's experience with online video game competitions and creating
 social networking for game players makes them a natural partner to create
 the PBGL," said Leslie Gittess, Vice President of Business Development for
 MLBAM. "MLB Advanced Media is pleased to support the PBGL and we look
 forward to a spirited competition among the participating professional
 baseball players and their fans."
     For additional information, tournament rules or to sign up for the
 public PBGL tournament, please visit For more
 information about the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit
     About GGL
     GGL is the leading media company dedicated to expanding and delivering
 the culture of videogaming to a worldwide audience. Formerly known as the
 Global Gaming League, GGL engages its growing, global community of loyal
 videogame enthusiasts via its state-of-the-art online gaming network, its
 year-round live videogame tournaments and events, celebrity leagues such as
 the Hip-Hop Gaming League and the Professional Baseball Gaming League, and
 broad array of gaming-oriented content, technologies and services. These
 offerings put the GGL at the epicenter of the online gaming universe,
 creating an immersive, 360-degree entertainment experience for a rapidly
 growing community of connected gamers. For more information, visit
     About Boras Marketing
     With a reputation built up through over 25 years of industry
 experience, Boras Marketing uses a unique blend of marketing expertise and
 baseball knowledge to match top corporations with the leading talent in
 professional baseball. For more information, visit
     About MLB Advanced Media, L.P.
     Established in June 2000 following a unanimous vote by the 30 Major
 League Baseball club owners to centralize all of Baseball's Internet
 operations, MLB Advanced Media LP (MLBAM) is the interactive media and
 internet company of Major League Baseball. MLBAM manages the official
 league site,, and each of the 30 individual Club sites
 to create the most comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the
 Internet. offers fans the most complete baseball information on the
 web, including up- to-date statistics, game summaries, extensive historical
 information, and exclusive features about Major League Baseball events and
 programs, including on-line ticket sales, baseball merchandise,
 authenticated memorabilia and collectibles, fantasy games, live and
 archived radio broadcasts of every game, live and archived video Webcasts
 of entire games, pitch-by-pitch enactment of games, and hosted post-game
 video highlight shows. offered more live events on the Internet
 than any other website in the world.

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