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Little League Baseball World Series Coverage Receives Two Emmy Nominations

Several games of the Little League Baseball World Series have been televised nationally on ESPN and/or ESPN2 for nearly 20 years. Dave Ryan (right) of ESPN is a frequent visitor to Williamsport.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (March 4, 2004) – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for Sports Emmy Awards today, with Little League Baseball World Series coverage receiving two nominations.

The ABC/ESPN presentation of the 2003 Little League Baseball World Series was nominated for Outstanding Live Sports Special, and ABC's coverage of the Little League World Series was nominated in the Outstanding Open/Tease category. The awards ceremony will take place April 19 in New York City.

“Little League has been a proud partner of ABC for more than 40 years, and ESPN for nearly 20 years,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. “Their creativity and dedication helps to convey the message to millions of people that Little League teaches children the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play, even as the coverage focuses on the outstanding athleticism we see each year here in Williamsport. We congratulate ABC and ESPN on being nominated, and wish them best of luck this April at the awards ceremony.”

The championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series has been televised on ABC every year since 1963.

Last year, more than 40 games in Little League Baseball and Softball were televised nationally on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. Dozens of Little League Baseball and Softball games also were televised regionally and locally. (More information on the procedure for televising games locally is available from the Regional Offices.)

The list of nominees for the Emmy Awards in which Little League Baseball World Series Coverage was nominated is below.

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
2003-04 Emmy Nominations

OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SPECIAL
Little League World Series - ABC / ESPN
MLB on FOX: Post Season - FOX
Stanley Cup Finals on ABC - ABC, ESPN Productions
Super Bowl XXXVII - ABC
The 103rd U.S. Open Golf Championship - ESPN / NBC
The Preakness Stakes - NBC

OUTSTANDING OPEN / TEASE
Little League World Series (U.S. Championship Tease) - ABC
Ironman Triathlon World Championship (Open) - NBC
The 103rd U.S. Open Golf Championship (Chicago Heroes Tease) - NBC
The Kentucky Derby (There's Only One... Tease) - NBC
World Series: Marlins vs. Yankees (Open) - ESPN Classic, MLB Productions
 

Televising Little League games and events has been going on for decades. The first Little League Baseball World Series to be televised was in 1953.