June 1, 2018 at 9:00 am EDT | by Staff reports
Washington Blade named sponsor of MLB All-Star Week

The sponsorship marks the first time that MLB has partnered with an LGBT news outlet on the event.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Major League Baseball and the Washington Blade today announced that the Blade will serve as a sponsor of 2018 MLB All-Star Week, which will be hosted in Washington D.C. in July, marking the first time that MLB has partnered with an LGBT news outlet on the event.

The 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard and related events will take place in July at Nationals Park and other locations throughout Washington, D.C. The Washington Blade will work with MLB to promote and advertise the All-Star celebration events and will be credited as a sponsor during the week.

In conjunction with All-Star Week, the Blade will publish its sixth annual Sports Issue on July 13 with a special focus on LGBTQ issues in baseball and other professional and collegiate sports.

“Everyone at the Blade is excited to work with Major League Baseball on this groundbreaking collaboration,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff. “As LGBTQ visibility and acceptance continue to grow, we appreciate the efforts of MLB to foster an inclusive environment for players and fans.”

This year’s All-Star festivities include GEICO All-Star FanFest from Friday, July 13 through Tuesday, July 17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center; the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and Legends & Celebrity Softball on All-Star Sunday, July 15 at Nationals Park; the T-Mobile Home Run Derby as part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 16 at Nationals Park; and the 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, July 17, also at Nationals Park.

Billy Bean, Vice President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Major League Baseball said: “MLB is pleased to have the Washington Blade as one of the sponsors of our Midsummer Classic. Working together to promote many of the incredible events is another example of MLB’s inclusive message for all baseball fans. All-Star Week is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we are all looking forward to being in Washington D.C.”

For more information, contact Stephen Rutgers, the Blade’s marketing director, at srutgers@washblade.com.

MLB All-Star Week, gay news, Washington Blade

‘MLB is pleased to have the Washington Blade as one of the sponsors of our Midsummer Classic,’ said Billy Bean, Vice President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Major League Baseball. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

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