FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2012
NPF announces 2012 schedule, Akron Racers open June 7 at home
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Commissioner Cheri Kempf announced the schedule for the upcoming 2012 Season today.
Four teams will compete in the 2012 Season - the Akron Racers, Carolina Diamonds, Chicago Bandits, and USSSA Florida Pride. Each team in the league will play a 44-game regular season schedule, with all teams playing six home and six away series.
The 2012 season will begin on Thursday, June 7, with the defending 2011 Cowles Cup Championship Series Champions, Chicago Bandits, taking on the USSSA Florida Pride in an opening weekend series in Chicago. The recently inked Carolina Diamonds will travel to Akron for an opening weekend series against the Akron Racers, who finished second in league standings in 2011.
The regular season will conclude on August 19 prior to the NPF Championship Series, which begins on August 23.
“The release of the NPF regular season schedule is much anticipated and always met with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm by NPF fans,” stated NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “The 2012 schedule is well balanced and will provide the home markets of each of our four teams with plenty of action during the course of the season. We are especially looking forward to welcoming a whole new NPF fan base in the Carolinas with the start of the Carolina Diamonds franchise.”
Television plans for the season have not yet been announced; however every game will be streamed live on the internet.
Since the inaugural year of competition in 2004, the NPF regular season title has been controlled by the Chicago Bandits, as they have come out on top, five of the eight seasons. The Championship Series has been a different story however, crowning seven different champions in eight years. The Championship Series has yet to crown a back-to-back winner.
The Akron Racers took home the Championship Series trophy in 2005 – the last time the Championship Series was held in Chicago.
For more information on the 2012 schedule, season tickets and single-game tickets, contact the Akron Racers front office at 330-376-8188.