COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The national office of the NJCAA – the governing body of two-year college athletics – announced today that its national title games of the 2017 NJCAA Division I Baseball World Series will again air live in HD across computers and mobile devices on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball.
Through a continuation of a partnership with MLBAM, MLB.com will produce and air the live, HD broadcast of the tournament’s championship on June 2 and June 3 (if necessary). In the booth for MLB.com will be Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster Daron Sutton handling play-by-play alongside NCAA College World Series champion and former Wichita State (KS) head coach Gene Stephenson. In addition, Shannon Ford will provide in-depth interviews of players, coaches and tournament representatives.
This year’s edition of the NJCAA Division I Baseball World Series – also known as the JUCO World Series – will take place May 27 – June 2/3 at Sam Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colorado.
“The NJCAA is thrilled to again have its premier baseball championship carried live on MLB.com,” said NJCAA Executive Director Mary Ellen Leicht. “Following the success of last year’s world series, the NJCAA is excited for our student-athletes and member colleges that will get this incredible exposure and national attention thanks to our friends at Major League Baseball. On behalf of the NJCAA Board of Directors and member colleges, we want to again extend our thanks to Commissioner Rob Manfred and his staff for their continued support of the NJCAA.”
The JUCO World Series has a storied history of featuring future MLB talent. Since 1985, more than 70 players that participated in the tournament have suited up for an MLB club, including 2015 National League MVP Bryce Harper (Southern Nevada – 2010), Cy Young Award winners Curt Schilling (Yavapai, Ariz. – 1985), Eric Gagne (Seminole State, Okla. – 1995) and Cliff Lee (Meridian, Miss. – 1998) in addition to two-time World Series champions Brandon Belt (San Jacinto, Texas - 2007) and John Lackey (Grayson County, Texas – 1999).
Along with the live MLB.com broadcasts of the national title games of this year’s JUCO World Series, live video broadcasts of all games beginning May 28 to June 1 will be available on NJCAA TV (www.njcaatv.com) – the official digital video network of the NJCAA.