Getty Images partners with Samurai Japan to deliver best-in-class baseball imagery to the world

March 18, 2015 • Company News, Sport

Tokyo, Japan – 18 March, 2015 Getty Images, the world’s leading visual communications company, and NPB Enterprise Inc. today announce an exclusive agreement in which Getty Images will serve as the official global photo agency of Samurai Japan, Japan’s national baseball team. Getty Images will serve as the team’s exclusive global commercial photography partner as well as represent, license and distribute Samurai Japan photography for editorial and commercial uses.

Building on Getty Images’ strength and expertise in sports photography coverage and distribution, including a longstanding exclusive commercial partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB), the agreement will see Getty Images sports photographers cover all Samurai Japan games including the top team, the Samurai Japan women’s team, amateur, U21, collegiate, U18, U15 and U12 games.

“We are excited to partner with the NPB to deliver the powerful sports imagery and unique visual perspectives our photographers are known for,” said Lee Martin, Vice President of Sports, Getty Images. “This partnership represents a significant step in the growth of Getty Images’ baseball portfolio, and affirms our ongoing commitment to expanding our collection of Japanese content. Through our unrivalled photography, access and distribution to local and global customers, Getty Images delivers up-to-the minute coverage, meaning Samurai Japan fans the world over will never miss a moment of the action.

Getty Images has the largest, most comprehensive sports collection available today, including more than 18 million sports images, and serves as photographic partner to over 62 governing bodies, leagues and teams worldwide, including major U.S. sports organisations (MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA TOUR and LPGA), the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, Manchester United, IAAF and the ATP.




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About NPB enterprise

NPB Enterprise Inc. is a joint venture, established in November 2014, between Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (NPB) and the participating professional baseball teams. To expand Samurai Japan’s business, NPB Enterprise supports all of the following teams aiming for world’s best: Women, 12U, 15U, 18U, University, 21U, Corporate teams and Top teams. NPB Enterprise also manages the licensing of pictures related to the Japan national baseball team and Samurai Japan.

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