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 http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. 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 http://www.ggl.com. 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 http://www.borascorp.com. 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.
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