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 http://www.pbgl.com. For more
information about the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit
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, http://www.mlb.com/, and each of the 30 individual Club sites
to create the most comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the
Internet. MLB.com 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. MLB.com offered more live events on the Internet
than any other website in the world.
SOURCE Global Gaming League