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ESPN and ESPN2 to Broadcast Little League International Tournament's U.S. Regional Championship Games

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2005) – The 59th Little League Baseball World Series, Aug. 19-28 in Williamsport, Pa., will have 16 teams vying for the title of Little League Baseball World Champion.

Seven teams have won regional championships, and qualified for the World Series tournament. In the coming days, nine more teams will travel the road to Williamsport, including teams representing eight regions in the United States.

The Entertainment and Sports Program Network (ESPN) and its family of networks will televise the U.S. regional tournament championship games, which decide the teams that will compete in the Little League Baseball World Series, live beginning Friday night. All game times are Eastern U.S. time.

The Southeast championship will be decided on Friday, at Arnold S. White, Sr. Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dave Ryan and Kyle Peterson will call the game on ESPN, starting at 7 p.m.

Bob Carpenter and Larry Bowa, the 2005 Bill Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award winner, will provide play-by-play and analysis for the Midwest and Great Lakes championship games to be played on Stokely Field at the Ruben F. Glick Leadership Training Center in Indianapolis. The Midwest title game is set for 9 p.m., Friday, on ESPN, and the Great Lakes championship will be settled Saturday, at 7 p.m., on ESPN.

President George W. Bush, the first Little League Baseball graduate to be elected President of the United States, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Saturday’s Southwestern Region championship game on Marvin Norcross Stadium at the Southwestern Region Leadership Training Center in Waco, Texas. Dave Barnett and Mark McClemore will have the call on ESPN at 9 p.m.

The New England champion will be determined on Sunday at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Baseball Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn. ESPN’s broadcast team of Mr. Ryan and Mr. Peterson will provide game coverage starting at 3 p.m.

In San Bernardino, Calif., Gary Miller and Darnell Coles will describe Sunday’s action in the West championship game at Al Houghton Stadium, starting at 10 p.m., on ESPN2.

On Monday, the final two U.S. region champions will qualify for a trip to Williamsport, when Mr. Ryan and Mr. Peterson broadcast the Mid-Atlantic championship game from the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Baseball Leadership Training Center in Bristol, at 7 p.m., on ESPN2. Mr. Miller and Mr. Coles will provide the play-by-play for the Northwest championship game from Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, on ESPN, at 9 p.m.

ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 27, at 3:30 p.m. The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series can be seen live on ABC at 3:30 p.m., on Aug. 28. Twenty-seven other World Series games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 for a total of 29 games on national television. Three other games will be televised in ESPN Deportes marking the first time that all 32 games of the Little League Baseball World Series tournament will be on television.

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