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US Support for Australian Baseball League

August 10, 2010
The new Australian Baseball League (ABL), which is due to launch in November, has revealed the six franchises that will take part in its inaugural season.
Teams from Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney will compete over 40 games, as part of a joint venture between Major League Baseball (MLB), the Australian Baseball Federation (ABF) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to relaunch the sport in Australia.
The partnership between ABL and MLB started in 2001 and has been designed to develop Australian baseball talent. The partnership has coincided with 40% rise in participation in baseball.
As Senior Vice President, International Business Operations Paul Archey explains âmajor League Baseball is very excited about the opportunity to join the Australian Baseball Federation in bringing professional baseball back to Australia.
âWith the level of talent originating âDown Underâ, it is only natural that a national baseball league returns, both for the players and for the fans.�?
The six teams will be called the Adelaide Bite, Brisbane Bandits, Canberra Cavalry, Melbourne Aces, Perth Aces, Perth Heat and Sydney Blue Sox.
ABL Chief Executive Peter Wermuth adds âthis league has been made possible by the immense support and unwavering loyalty of baseball enthusiasts from all corners of Australia.
âWe look forward to our six clubs becoming community institutions, and are confident that once fans experience the excitement of the ABL, they will be hooked.�?
The season will run from November through to February, coinciding with the off-season in European baseball leagues.

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