Creation of WBSC and combined body has boosted baseball/softball's global status, says President Fraccari

On the Record - No Cold Feet Before Baseball, Softball Marriage

(ATR) Co-Presidents Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter tell Around the Rings the World Baseball Softball Confederation is both optimistic and realistic with its bid for the 2020 Olympics. ATR's Matthew Grayson has the exclusive interview ...

On the Scene in Tokyo - Baseball, Softball "Swing for the Fences"

(ATR) Co-Presidents Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter say they will “swing for the fences” on behalf of the World Baseball Softball Confederation and its bid for the 2020 Olympics. ATR's Matthew Grayson reports.

IBAF RECEIVES UNANIMOUS APPROVAL ON MERGER WITH ISF

Baseball, Softball Engage Helios, Meet with IOC

(ATR) Leaders of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation tell Around the Rings “a new, united IF” will be reflected in their merged logo, constitution and IOC presentation, all of which are in the works.

Softball OKs Baseball Merger; Peterkin Talks PASO; Hurricane Sandy Hits USOC

(ATR) International Softball Federation approves ongoing merger for joint Olympics bid ... IOC member from St. Lucia explains potential presidential platform ... Storm closes two USOC offices ... More inside this Olympic Newsdesk ...

Baseball Heavy Hitter Tells Olympics Backstory

(ATR) Peter O’Malley tells Around the Rings he’s confident the leaders of Major League Baseball will do “everything possible” to ensure Olympic reinstatement.

Top Story Replay - Baseball, Softball Meet with Major League Baseball

(ATR) President Riccardo Fraccari tells Around the Rings the International Baseball Federation is highly confident its bid for Olympic reinstatement will promise “strong representation of the best players” following key meetings with Major League Baseball. This story was originally published Oct. 10.

Baseball, Softball Meet with Major League Baseball

(ATR) President Riccardo Fraccari tells Around the Rings the International Baseball Federation is highly confident its bid for Olympic reinstatement will promise “strong representation of the best players” following key meetings with Major League Baseball.

IBAF, MLB Agree World Baseball Classic Winners Now World Champions

(ATR) President of International Baseball Federation talks World Baseball Classic, bid for Olympic reinstatement ... Russia 2018 hands over World Cup host cities report to FIFA ... More inside this Federations Roundup ...

Baseball Readies for IOC Inspection; Merger with Softball Moves Ahead

(ATR) International Baseball Federation president Riccardo Fraccari tells Around the Rings this weekend’s World Baseball Classic qualifier in Regensburg, Germany will get some special guests ... Update on merger with International Softball Federation also inside ...

Exclusive - Softball, Baseball Edge Closer to Joint Olympic Bid

(ATR) The international federations for baseball and softball appear close to signing a merger that would include a  bid to return to the Olympics. ATR's Mark Bisson reports.

Federations Roundup - New Indoor Mark for Isinbayeva; Deadline for Softball, Baseball

(ATR) Pole vault champion breaks own indoor world record ... Softball president tells Around the Rings he's awaiting reply from baseball ahead of a soft mid-March deadline ... Triathlon confirms Olympic schedule ...

Federations Roundup - Sliding Season Begins; Tennis Ends; Baseball, Fencing Congresses

(ATR) Early test for Innsbruck 2012 sliding center ... Davis Cup up for grabs ... Negotiations with softball atop baseball agenda ... ISAF world championships set sail from Perth ... Fencing first.

Hayatou Faces IOC Sanctions; Softball Congress Split About Baseball Alliance

(ATR) Ethics Commission to report next month on African football boss ... Softball president tells Around the Rings the consensus is to keep talking ... China breaks ground on Juan Antonio Samaranch museum.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back for Baseball-Softball Olympic Alliance

(ATR) The leaders of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation tell Around the Rings they will not dive headfirst into a joint bid for Olympic reinstatement.

Baseball, Softball Play Nice; FINA Awards Two World Champs

(ATR) Federations share hospitality suite ... Russia, Mexico next in line for aquatics championships ... Rio ready for Military World Games ... Atlanta paper cleared of wrongdoing in Richard Jewell suit ...

Tuesday Talk -- Softball President on Baseball Partnership, Joint Olympics Return

(ATR) International Softball Federation president Don Porter tells Around the Rings nothing is set in stone – including the name softball itself – as he partners with baseball for another Olympic pitch.

Softball and Baseball Await IOC Green Light for Joint Olympic Bid

(ATR) The president of the International Softball Federation tells Around the Rings he is hoping the IOC will look kindly on a plan to team up with baseball to get on the 2020 Olympics program.

Olympic Newsdesk - Turkey pays off Bulgaria for Weightlifter, IBAF elects president

(ATR)The Turkish government paid Bulgaria for a weightlifter... Baseball federation elects new president ... Vote for Youth Olympic Games medals opens ... .

Federations Roundup -- Baseball Elections, Ice Hockey Champions League

(ATR) Two candidates aim to lead baseball federation in post-Olympic era...Ice Hockey discusses re-launch of European Champions League...Skiing federation adds two more Web sites...

Olympic Newsdesk - Bode Miller to Ski in Vancouver; Russia Rules at Wrestling Worlds

(ATR) Bode Miller rejoined the U.S. ski team... Russia rules wrestling world championships.

Sports for 2016 -- IOC Program Commission Hears Pitches for Inclusion

(ATR) Seven sports make a pitch to the IOC in Lausanne for the 2016 Olympics. In the first of a two-part series, Around the Rings highlights reaction from the sport leaders. In this edition, we focus on baseball, golf, karate and roller sports. Part two will include reaction from rugby, softball and squash and will be available later today...