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Little League Announces Dates for Next Year’s World Series Tournaments
For the 59th year, the Little League Baseball World Series will be played in Williamsport, Pa. The first games will be played on Friday, Aug. 19, and the tournament will end on Sunday, Aug. 28, with the world championship for baseball players 11-12 years old. On Saturday, Aug. 27, the United States championship is scheduled to air on ABC television at 3:30 p.m., and the International championship will be decided starting at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. ABC will broadcast the world championship game on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3:30 p.m.
In addition, games in three other World Series tournaments will be televised.
“We are pleased ABC television and ESPN will continue to incorporate coverage of the Little League Baseball World Series, and other Little League World Series tournaments, into its sports programming” said Mr. Keener. “This relationship has helped to bring the Little League program to millions throughout the world, while showcasing the benefits of being a part of Little League, both on and off the field.”
Last August, 26 of 32 games of the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series were televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. In 2005, 28 Little League Baseball World Series games are scheduled to be televised, and for the third year since the World Series expanded in 2001 from eight teams to 16, each team will have at least one game on national television.
Williamsport has been the home of Little League since it was founded there in 1939, and the final game of the tournament is traditionally on the weekend before the Labor Day weekend. Labor Day in 2005 is Sept. 5.
In all, 41 games in Little League Baseball and Softball will be televised nationally in August 2005.
For the third year, three games of the Little League Softball World Series (for 11-12-year-old girls), will be televised live on ESPN2 from Portland, Ore. That tournament is set for Aug. 11-18.
The championship game of the Junior League Baseball World Series (for 13-14-year-olds) will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on ESPN2. That World Series will be played Aug. 14-20 in Taylor, Mich.
The championship game of the Big League Softball World Series (16-18-year-old girls) will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on ESPN2. That tournament, played in Kalamazoo, Mich., will be Aug. 15-20.
The other four World Series dates and sites are: Senior League Baseball (14-16-year-olds), at Bangor, Maine, Aug. 14-20; Big League Baseball (16-18-year-olds), at Easley, S.C., July 30-Aug. 6; Junior League Softball (13-14-year-old girls), at Kirkland, Wash., Aug. 14-20; and Senior League Softball (14-16-year-old girls), at Lower Sussex, Del., Aug. 7-13. As of November 2004, these games are not scheduled to be televised.
For the ninth consecutive year, ESPN and ESPN2 will televise all of the U.S. Regional final games in the Little League Baseball Division. The eight championship games will be played over four days, Aug. 12-15.
Specific times and dates for all televised games will be announced in June 2005.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.