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World Series Final to be Televised in Prime Time

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Feb. 15, 2001) – The championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series will be televised in prime time for the first time, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball.

The World Championship Game will be played Sunday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m., at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, and will be televised live on ABC. The game is part of the inaugural Little League Baseball World Series Championship Weekend, which begins with the U.S. Championship on Saturday, Aug. 25, live on ABC at 4:30 p.m. The International Championship will be played that night at 8, live on ESPN2.

"It should be a great time for everyone involved, particularly the World Series players," Mr. Keener said. "Parents and fans in the Williamsport area and around the world will be able to spend the weekend enjoying the talents of the best youth baseball players in the world."

Little League announced in 1998 that the Little League Baseball World Series would be expanded from eight to 16 teams in 2001. A second yet-unnamed stadium, with seating for about 5,000, is being built next to Lamade Stadium to accommodate the extra games needed. It will be completed this summer.

Other improvements include a new concession facility and new restrooms, as well as upgrading Lamade Stadium to allow more seating for disabled fans. However, the extra seating for disabled fans reduces the total number of available seats.

The quarterfinal round games will be played, two each day, on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 22-23, at 4 and 8 p.m. The pool play round, with four pools of four teams each, will begin on Friday, Aug. 17, and end on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The Series begins with opening ceremonies on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 16, with the time to be announced. Also to be announced in June are the individual game match-ups for the pool play round.

Little League Baseball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.9 million children playing on teams in every U.S. state and 103 other countries on six continents.

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