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Pairings Set For 2002 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The pairings for the 56th Little League Baseball World Series were announced today by Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball.

More games than ever will be nationally televised, as ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 team up to bring Little League Baseball into millions of homes. Also, for the first time, both the U.S. championship game and the world championship game will be televised by ABC in prime time.

ABC will televise the U.S. championship game on Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m. 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. 25.

Eleven World Series games will be televised on ESPN and seven games will be televised on ESPN2, bringing the total televised games to 20. The most games televised previously was 19 last year.

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

The semifinal and championship games of the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., the final game of the Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Mich., and the final game of the Big League Softball World Series in Kalamazoo, Mich., will also be televised by ESPN2. That’s a grand total of 33 Little League games that will be televised nationally this August – also the most in history.

“The televising of these games gives Little League a powerful vehicle for communicating its philosophy and purpose to more people every year,” Mr. Keener said. “The expanded commitments by ESPN and ABC demonstrate that viewers enjoy the opportunity to watch Little League Baseball and Softball.”

In the Little League Baseball World Series, a modified Olympic pool play format will be used for the 11th year to determine the champion. Each team in the two U.S. and International Pools will play the other three teams once in the first five days (Aug. 16-20). At this 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. 21-22) in the quarterfinal round. The winners of those games meet on Saturday (Aug. 24) for the U.S. and International Championships. The winners of Saturday’s semifinal games play for the World Championship on Sunday, Aug. 25.

Most of the games of the 2002 Little League World Series will be broadcast on radio station 1200 and 1400 WRAK-AM in Williamsport. As the Little League World Series flagship station for English-speaking radio broadcasts, WRAK’s coverage of the event is heard in dozens of U.S. cities.

Pool Play Round games are at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, rated by Sports Illustrated in 1999 as one of the top 20 places in the world to watch a sporting event, and Little League Volunteer Stadium. Once single elimination begins on Wednesday, Aug. 21, all games will be in Lamade Stadium.

To see the full schedule for the Little League Baseball World Series, click here.