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Little League Announces Dates, Sites for 2008 World Series Tournaments

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Nov. 12, 2007) – The sites and dates for the eight World Series tournaments in Little League Baseball and Softball were approved on Friday by the Little League International Board of Directors, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

For the 62nd Little League Baseball World Series, held annually in Williamsport, Pa., the first games will be played on Friday, Aug. 15, and the tournament will end on Sunday, Aug. 24, at Howard J. Lamade Stadium with the world championship for baseball players 11-12 years old. On Saturday, Aug. 23, the United States and the International championships will be decided.

Last August, all games of the 2007 Little League Baseball World Series were televised on ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC. It was the third consecutive year that all of the World Series Tournament games were televised.

In addition, all eight U.S. regional championships were broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2 in 2008. The semifinal and championship games of the Little League Softball World Series, as well as the championship games of the Junior League Baseball, Senior League Baseball, Big League Baseball, Junior League Softball, Senior League Softball and Big League Softball also were carried on the ESPN family of networks.

Williamsport has been the home of Little League since it was founded there in 1939, and the final game of the tournament is traditionally on the weekend before the U.S. Labor Day weekend. Labor Day in 2008 is Sept. 1.

The other seven World Series dates and sites are: Junior League Baseball (13-14-year-olds), at Taylor, Mich., Aug. 10-16; Senior League Baseball (14-16-year-olds), at Bangor, Maine, Aug. 10-16; Big League Baseball (16-18-year-olds), at Easley, S.C., July 26-Aug. 2; Little League Softball (11-12-year-old girls) at Portland, Ore., Aug. 7-13; Junior League Softball (13-14-year-old girls), at Kirkland, Wash., Aug. 10-16; Senior League Softball (14-16-year-old girls), at Lower Sussex, Del., Aug. 3-9; and Big League Softball (14-18-year-old girls), at Kalamazoo, Mich., Aug. 11-16.

Specific times and dates for all games, including games to be televised, will be announced in June 2008.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.6 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.