NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- National Pro Fastpitch has announced final plans for the 2013 NPF College Draft. The draft will be held in downtown Nashville, Tenn., on April 1 at 8:00 pm EST and will take place at the Ford Theatre located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Softball fans across the country will be able to share in every minute of the Draft through a live broadcast presented by NPF on ESPN3.

Click HEREHERE for specific information on how to access ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app for the NPF College Draft.

"We are nearing a time for passing the torch in the NPF, a time that has seen and will continue to see the Olympic stars of our game move through. Those players made courageous decisions to build the professional game of fastpitch softball for future generations," commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. "This is the time for a new generation of athletes to accept the responsibility of continuing the commitment to the professional game.  These are athletes who have gained notoriety and popularity through the immense and ever-increasing television coverage of college softball. And it is these athletes who will continue to make an impact on the growing popularity of professional softball by furthering their careers at the highest competitive level possible in the NPF.”

The NPF College Draft in 2013 is presented by BOWNET, a new supporter and supplier to the NPF in 2013. “Our College Draft is such an exciting and important time for the NPF and we are thrilled that BOWNET and its President, Jack Lucas see the value in delivering this event to softball fans across the country,” said Commissioner Kempf. “We look forward to a long lasting relationship with BOWNET and hope the opportunity continues for Draft coverage in the future.”

The NPF College Draft by BOWNET will feature five rounds of four selections for a total of 20 overall draftees in the 2013 rookie class. Drafting an athlete gives an NPF affiliate team rights to that athlete for two full seasons. Since 2010, each No. 1 draft pick has come out of the Southeastern Conference. Last year’s first choice overall went to the USSSA Pride, who selected LSU’s Brittany Mack.

Trades and negotiations right up until selection time, may alter the order.

The NPF Draft will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and fans can also follow along with the event through league and teams Facebook and Twitter sites.

**release courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

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