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Guyana Baseball Federation partners with E-Networks to broadcast nation’s first-ever Baseball ‘Talent Search’ Reality TV Show


Guyana’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport has expressed great interest in the rise of baseball’s popularity in Guyana.

Less than three years after its establishment, Guyana’s national baseball federation, theGuyana Baseball League (GBL), has announced a partnership with Guyana cable TV/Info Tech giant E-Networks Inc. on the production of the nation’s first-ever baseball reality TV show,“Baseball Star”.

The joint venture between the GBL and E-Networks Inc.—which completed its first week of baseball auditions/filming at the end of Februarywill see initial broadcast delivery of Baseball Star’s episodes through E-Networks’ channel 1 in HD. The week following each episode, E-Networks will distribute Baseball Star content across its various media platforms and to all the major and local network television stations throughout Guyana to build a national audience.

USA Baseball CEO Paul Seiler—whose federation has given support to GBL on mapping out a strategic-plan for growth—applauded the concept of Guyana’s Baseball Star ‘talent search’ reality TV show.

“Truly groundbreaking. It will be interesting to watch this unfold,” said Seiler. “Well done.”

Guyana’s Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, has taken note of the new baseball reality TV show and also expressed great interest in the pace with which the GBL has been growing baseball’s popularity in Guyana, especially among school-aged children, all of which has prompted the Ministry Of Culture, Youth & Sport to post an official statement on its website just a few weeks ago, in order to speak on baseball’s advancement in Guyana.

A similar ‘talent search’ in India generated massive national interest from the media and young aspiring baseball athletes, the subject of which has grown into Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” movie, which is set to be released to worldwide theaters and audiences beginning in May.

The GBL, under President Robin Singh, was only established in 2011 and became recognised the following year as Guyana’s national governing body for baseball by the International Baseball Federation.

Situated in South America with neighbours Venezuela—where baseball is the national sport—and the emerging baseball country of Brazil, Guyana appears to be uniquely positioned for growth, to establish National Teams and to enter into international competitions in the short- to mid-term.

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Guyana Baseball League: C.E.O Appointed

Courtesy Guyana Baseball League

Robin Singh has been appointed CEO of Guyana Baseball League Inc. Previously Cricket Operations at the Guyana Cricket Board, Robin brings 14 years experience of delivering sporting excellence in multiple sports in Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana to his new role.

“Robin’s track record of making exciting sporting events happen, his experience at multiple levels of various levels in different sporting disciplines and his passion for organizational performance is bringing to life our vision for delivering the sport of Baseball in a manner that makes a difference” says Dominic O’Sullivan, Chairman of Guyana Baseball League Inc. “In Robin we have the best of both worlds – a committed Guyanese who has now returned home with many years of valuable elite sports performance delivery experience, gained in high performing sports teams and organizations.”

After graduating in Computer Science from the School of Business and Management, Robin worked in systems administration in Trinidad. The desire to make a difference in the social fabric of society saw him assisting various charitable organizations to deliver community enhancement programs, his work with the Roaring Lion Calypso and Culture Foundation in Trinidad, led to stints in organizing football matches for the youth, in one of those twists of fate, Robin began organizing and coaching teams for competition.

Early success saw him becoming immersed in sport and it soon became a full time occupation, his move to Cricket in 2001 was solely to assist that sport in modernization, his introduction of Video analysis at regional level, and his written plan for a region wide spread of this invaluable coaching tool continues to bear fruit.

“Coming from a Information technology background, my whole focus has been on bridging the gap between Sport and IT, a gap into which many Sport initiatives tumble” says Robin Singh. “Far too many sporting organizations lack technical expertise and are confused as to how to best use the advances in technology to serve their disciplines” Having driven successful sporting programs, I know it works and making technology work for sport is the essence of what I do.”

The Guyana Baseball league has already signed a partnership deal with Pointstreak Solutions to deliverPointstreak Live Publisher, a revolutionary new product that tightly integrates Pointstreak’s industry-leading scoring software with STEVA Sports game video analysis software. The result is a seamless system that automatically captures a video clip from a baseball game, indexes it to the relevant statistical event (e.g. Strike or home run), and then uploads it to the web in real-time.

The entire process takes place within moments of the event actually happening on the baseball field; all without any intervention by an onsite production crew. Fans can then view the video highlight through their computer or portable device, such as the iPhone or iPad, moments after it occurred on the field.

The GBL Board is confident that the introduction of Baseball to Guyana is in excellent charge and look forward to working with the Chief Executive Officer as he seeks to fulfill his mandate.

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