Pairings Set for 2001 Little League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The pairings for the expanded 2001 Little League Baseball World Series were announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
More games than ever will be nationally televised as the event expands from 15 games to a total of 31. Also, two games will be televised on ABC rather than the single championship game as has been the case since 1963. The 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. 26 – the first prime-time telecast of the Series final. ABC will also televise the U.S. Championship Game on Saturday, August 25, at 4:30 p.m.
Three World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 14 games will be televised on ESPN2, bringing the total televised games to 19. The most games televised previously has been 11 (last year).
In addition, ESPN2 will 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 championship games of the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., the Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Mich., and the Big League Softball World Series in Kalamazoo, Mich., will also be televised by ESPN2. That’s a grand total of 30 Little League games that will be televised nationally this August.
“The expanded commitments by ESPN and ABC demonstrate that viewers enjoy the opportunity to watch Little League Baseball and Softball,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball, said. “The televising of these games gives Little League a powerful vehicle for communicating its philosophy and purpose to more people every year.”
The Olympic pool play format will be used for the 10th year to determine the Little League World Champion. Each team in the two U.S. and International Pools will play the other three teams once in the first five days (Aug. 17-21). 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. 22-23) in the quarterfinal round. The winners of those games meet on Saturday (Aug. 25) for the U.S. and International Championships. The winners of Saturday’s semifinal games play for the World Championship on Sunday, Aug. 26.
Most of the games of the 2001 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. Additionally, fans around the world will be able to access live audio web casts of the games on myteam.com.
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 the newly constructed Little League Volunteer Stadium. Once single elimination begins on Wednesday, Aug. 22, all games will be in Lamade Stadium.
The full schedule for the Little League World Series is below. All times are Eastern.