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Jon Litner Elected to Little League International Board of Directors

Jon D. Litner

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (May 2, 2006) – Jon D. Litner, president of SportsNet New York, was elected on April 21 in Houston as the newest member of the Little League International Board of Directors, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

“Sport has had a profound impact on my life,” Mr. Litner said. “So it means a great deal to me to become a member of the Little League International Board of Directors and to have a positive impact on children’s lives. I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Mr. Litner was named president of SportsNet New York in February 2005. The network, which features New York Mets games and regional New York sports news and events, launched in March. SportsNet New York is owned by Sterling Entertainment Enterprises, Time Warner, and Comcast.

“Little League has always looked to maintain a varied group on the International Board of Directors,” Mr. Keener said. “Jon Litner brings a wealth of expertise to our board, not only in media matters, but in sports business as well. He is one of the most highly respected business professionals in sports today, and we are pleased he is joining the Little League team.”

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Litner was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the National Hockey League. While at the NHL, Mr. Litner was responsible for all U.S. and Canadian national and local broadcasting, the Internet, and other emerging digital media, public relations, special events, new business development, game scheduling, and NHL Productions, the league’s in-house television production facility.

Mr. Litner began his career in sports television as general attorney for Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., handling business affairs for ABC Sports and serving as lead counsel on all major programming acquisitions and talent negotiations. He joined the Baseball Network in 1994 as vice president of baseball affairs, then returned to ABC as vice president of programming in 1995, overseeing college sports, motor sports, boxing, and Wide World of Sports programming. He was promoted to senior vice president of programming in 1998, and was responsible for the acquisition, scheduling and promotion of more than 500 hours of ABC Sports programming, playing a leading role in the creation of college football’s Bowl Championship Series.

A 1985 graduate of Yale University, Mr. Litner was an Oaklawn Foundation Scholar and a two-sport varsity athlete, earning letters as a catcher on the Yale baseball team and as a linebacker on the football team. He earned his legal degree from Cornell University Law School in 1988.

Mr. Litner is married to Polly Litner and lives in Weston, Conn., with his three children, sons Michael (11), David (9), and daughter Jenna (7).

The Little League International Board of Directors, a volunteer board, is responsible for the management of the property and affairs of Little League Baseball and Softball. Little League, founded in 1939 in Williamsport, is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 3 million participants in all 50 U.S. states and scores of other countries.