MP & Silva signs six-year Taiwanese baseball deal

Rights agency MP & Silva will market the domestic and global media rights for the Taiwanese top-tier professional baseball league after signing a six-year deal with the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).

Rights agency MP & Silva will market the domestic and global media rights for the Taiwanese top-tier professional baseball league after signing a six-year deal with the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).

MP & Silva will become the exclusive advisor to the CPBL, which runs the four-team league in Taiwan, for all media rights sales to all broadcast and media platforms, as well as the production of each team's 120-games per season.

Regular season games, the All-Star Series, the Taiwan Series, and the Winter League are all included in the agreement.

The six-year deal kicks in immediately and will run until 2019.

The deal adds to an MP & Silva portfolio that also includes a deal with the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) that saw last year's World Baseball Classic reach a record number of TV viewers.

The CPBL, whose 2014 season begins on 22nd March, saw average attendances jump by almost 150 per cent last year, to 6,079.

“We are very pleased with this new partnership as we strongly believe that the league has great potential for further growth," said MP & Silva chief executive Peter Hutton. "We look forward to building on our international baseball portfolio with this comprehensive global and domestic deal."

“We are delighted to partner with MP & Silva to showcase the CPBL globally in such a comprehensive manner for the first time, with their significant presence and strength of their network," said CPBL commissioner Hwang Jenn-Tai.