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Pairings Announced for 2004 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 10, 2004) – The pairings for the 58th Little League Baseball World Series were announced today by Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

For the second year since the tournament expanded from eight to 16 teams in 2001, every team will have at least one game on national television as ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 team up to bring Little League Baseball into millions of homes.

“Televising the Little League Baseball World Series is significant in so many ways,” Mr. Keener said. “Through the commitments of ABC and ESPN, viewers watching the World Series each August become active supporters of Little League Baseball and Softball, while at the same time Little League has been afforded a valuable tool for communicating its philosophy and purpose to all who tune in.”

The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series (for 11-12-year-olds) can be seen live on ABC at 6:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 29. For the third year, ABC also will televise the U.S. championship game in primetime, on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Eleven World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 14 will be televised on ESPN2, bringing the total of televised games to 27. Last year, 26 games were televised.

In addition, ESPN2 will again carry all eight of the U.S. Regional Championship finals in the Little League Baseball division. The U.S. regional finals have been televised by ESPN2 every year since 1997.

Three games of the Little League Softball World Series in Portland Ore., will be televised in August on ESPN2, along with the final game of the Junior League World Series in Taylor, Mich., and the final game of the Big League World Series in Kalamazoo, Mich.
That’s a total of 40 Little League games that will be televised nationally this August.

In the Little League Baseball World Series, a modified Olympic pool play format will be used for the 13th year to determine the champion. Each team in the two U.S. and International Pools will play the other three teams once in the tournament’s first five days. At that point, single-elimination begins and pool-play records are disregarded.

The two most successful teams in each of the four pools cross over to play the second-place teams in the other pools on Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 25-26) in the quarterfinal round. The winners of those games meet Saturday (Aug. 28) for the U.S. and International championships. The winners of Saturday’s semifinal games play for the World Championship on Sunday, Aug. 29.

Most of the games of the 2004 Little League World Series will be broadcast on radio station 1200 and 1400 WRAK-AM in Williamsport and via the Internet at Chilitech.com. WRAK is the flagship station for the English-speaking radio broadcasts of the Little League World Series.

Pool Assignments
2004 Little League Baseball World Series
United States Division
Pool A Pool B
New England
Great Lakes
International Division
Pool C Pool D
Latin America


2004 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule
(All times Eastern U.S.; All TV games are televised live)

# Pairing game time TV Stadium
Friday – August 20, 2004
1 Midwest vs. Southeast 1 p.m. ESPN Volunteer
2 Latin America vs. Canada 5 p.m. ESPN2 Lamade
3 New England vs. West 8 p.m. ESPN Volunteer
Saturday – August 21, 2004
4 Mid-Atlantic vs. Great Lakes noon ESPN2 Lamade
5 Caribbean vs. Mexico 1 p.m   Volunteer
6 Southwest vs. Northwest 3 p.m. ESPN Lamade
7 Transatlantic vs. Pacific 4 p.m.   Volunteer
8 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) vs. Asia 6 p.m. ESPN2 Lamade
9 Midwest vs. New England 8 p.m. ESPN2 Volunteer
Sunday – August 22, 2004
10 Southwest vs. Great Lakes 1 p.m. ESPN Volunteer
11 Southeast vs. West 3 p.m. ESPN Lamade
12 Latin America vs. EMEA 4 p.m.   Volunteer
13 Transatlantic vs. Mexico 7 p.m.   Volunteer
14 Northwest vs. Mid-Atlantic 8 p.m. ESPN2 Lamade
Monday – August 23, 2004
15 Pacific vs. Mexico 1 p.m. ESPN2 Lamade
16 Midwest vs. West 3 p.m. ESPN Volunteer
17 Caribbean vs. Transatlantic 5 p.m. ESPN2 Lamade
18 New England vs. Southeast 7 p.m. ESPN2 Volunteer
19 Canada vs. Asia 8 p.m.   Lamade
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
20 Caribbean vs. Pacific 11 a.m. ESPN2 Lamade
21 Canada vs. EMEA 1 p.m. ESPN2 Volunteer
22 Southwest vs. Mid-Atlantic 3 p.m. ESPN Lamade
23 Latin America vs. Asia 5 p.m. ESPN2 Volunteer
24 Northwest vs. Great Lakes 8 p.m. ESPN2 Lamade
Wednesday - August, 25, 2004
25 International – Semi-Final (First-place team from Pool D vs. second place team from Pool C) 4 p.m. ESPN Lamade
26 Untied States – Semi-Final (First-place team from Pool B vs. second-place team from Pool A) 8 p.m. ESPN Lamade
Thursday – August 26, 2004
27 International – Semi-Final (First-place team from Pool C vs. second-place team from Pool D) 4 p.m. ESPN Lamade
28 United States – Semi-Final (First-place team from Pool A vs. Second-place team from Pool B) 8 p.m. ESPN2 Lamade
Friday – August 27, 2004

Saturday – August 28, 2004

29 International Championship 2 p.m. ESPN Lamade
30 United States Championship 7:30 p.m. ABC Lamade

Sunday – August 29, 2004

31 United States Runner Up vs. International Runner Up 1 p.m. ESPN Volunteer
  Challenger Exhibition Game 3 p.m.   Lamade
32 World Series Championship 6:30 p.m. ABC Lamade

Note 1: EMEA refers to the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region champion (EMEA). Formerly this regional winner was designated as the European champion.
Note 2: Opening Ceremonies will be on Friday, Aug. 20, prior to first game