International Baseball Partners (IBP) continues its busy start to summer with the announcement of a professional baseball league on the island of Curacao. The Curacao Baseball League (CBL) plans to throw out its first pitch in November to coincide with the hotbed action of winter baseball throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. IBP president, Mike Powers made the announcement on Monday and released this statement:
IBP is excited to announce a new professional baseball league that rightly places Curacao on equal footing with other winter season professional leagues. We have been working with FEBEKO (Curacao Baseball Federation) for a while on several fronts with the goal of promoting and growing baseball for the people of Curacao. Together, we envision a new opportunity that will compliment FEBEKO’s established model of baseball building while providing economic stimulus and great sports entertainment for not only Curacao but the region as well.
FEBEKO president, Jedrek Magdalena gave additional information about the league and the cooperation:
The agreement with IBP is timely because it comes right after our acceptance in the Caribbean Series (the elite baseball tournament of Caribbean winter league champions) last week. I’ve been in contact with the team at IBP since the early part of 2022 in constructing a dynamic professional league that will grow our baseball brand to new markets. The plan is to start this November with 4 teams playing a 36-gmae schedule at Tio Daou Stadium with the CBL winner advancing to represent Curacao in the inaugural Americas Baseball Cup Tournament in February.. We will be holding a press conference to announce team names and league sponsors in June.
Additionally, the Curacao Baseball League will join the newly formed Americas Baseball Association (ABA), a confederation of established and emerging baseball leagues across the Americas. The ABA’s flagship operation is its Americas Baseball Network, a connected television platform (CTV) that will stream baseball action from its member leagues to a global audience of 250 million sports viewers. According to Powers, “The ABA is growing fast and will allow the Curacao Baseball League to attract new audiences and potentially grow sports tourism in Curacao.” For more information about the ABA read the interview with IBP Chief Creative Officer, Joel Bradley here: