WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier to be broadcast in 70+ countries and territories

WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier to be broadcast in 70+ countries and territories
27/05/2021
Fans from all eight nations participating in the Olympic qualifier, as well as millions of viewers all around the world, will be able to watch baseball powerhouses from the Americas battle for a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced the broadcast and live-stream coverage of the upcoming WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier, a qualifier for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, will span more than 70 countries and territories.

Fans from all eight nations participating in the Olympic qualifier, as well as millions of viewers all around the world, will be able to watch baseball powerhouses from the Americas battle for a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“The broadcast footprint of our Americas Qualifier is a testament to the global appeal of our sport and the added value, build-up and awareness baseball brings to the Olympic brand,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “Over these last 13 years off the Olympic programme, baseball has worked hard to evolve and solidify itself as a global product, and this qualifier, which will showcase some of the strongest baseball nations in the world, will further underline that.”

Coverage and partners of the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier include:

  • USA: ESPN +
  • Latin America: Claro Sports (with certain restrictions)
  • DOM: Sport Visión Canal 35
  • Venezuela: Simple TV, ByM Sports and Meridiano TV
  • Puerto Rico: Wapa TV
  • Cuba: Tele Rebelde
  • Canada: CBC
  • Nicaragua: Viva Nicaragua Canal 13
  • Colombia: Claro Sports
  • Italy: Sky Italia
  • Netherlands: ESPN
  • Europe: Olympic Channel (with certain restrictions)
  • Global with restrictions: WBSC YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

Eight teams will compete from 31 May to 5 June in Port St. Lucie and Palm Beach, Florida, for a spot in this summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics:

  • Group A: World No. 2 USA, No. 10 Dominican Republic, No. 11 Puerto Rico and No. 15 Nicaragua.
  • Group B: World No. 7 Cuba, No. 8 Venezuela, No. 13 Canada and No. 14 Colombia.

The winner of the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier will become the fifth national baseball team to advance to six-team Tokyo 2020 tournament, joining world No. 1 Japan, No. 3 Korea, No. 5 Mexico and No. 18 Israel.

The runner-up and the third-place team in the Americas Olympic qualifier will join No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No 6 Australia and No. 9 Netherlands in the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier in Mexico.

The games in Florida will be the first international baseball competition since the 2019 WBSC Premier12, following a 2020 shutdown due to the global pandemic.


Baseball Americas Qualifier