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ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 Combine to Deliver Every Little League World Series Game from Williamsport
• U.S. Championship and World Series Championship on ABC
• All Coverage in High Definition
ESPN News Release
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 16, 2007) – ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to present all 32 games of the Little League World Series presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes from Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 17-26. ABC – entering the network’s 45th consecutive year of Little League World Series coverage – will continue to broadcast the United States Championship (Saturday, Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m. ET) and Little League World Series Championship (Sun., Aug. 26 at 3:30 p.m.). Also, for the first time, ABC will broadcast the International Championship Saturday, Aug. 25 at 12:30 p.m. (previously televised on ESPN). Every Little League World Series game on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will be available in high definition for the third consecutive year.
Coverage from Williamsport will begin Friday, Aug. 17 with regional winners competing in the pool-play round, including: Great Lakes (Hamilton, Ohio) vs. New England (Walpole, Mass.) at 2 p.m. on ESPN; Caribbean vs. Japan at 4 p.m. on ESPN2; Latin America vs. Asia-Pacific at 6 p.m. on ESPN2; and the Southeast (Warner Robins, Ga.) vs. Northwest (Lake Oswego, Oregon) at 8 p.m. on ESPN. ABC’s coverage will include two broadcasts from the opening weekend – Mid-Atlantic (Salisbury, Md.) vs. West (Chandler, Ariz.) Saturday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. and New England (Walpole, Mass.) vs. Northwest (Lake Oswego, Oregon) Sunday, Aug. 19 at 3:30 p.m.
Coverage will continue daily (excluding an open date on Aug. 24) through the Little League World Series consolation game (Sunday, Aug. 26 at 12 p.m. on ESPN) and Little League World Series Championship (Sunday, Aug. 26 at 3:30 p.m.).
ESPN game commentators:
Pool Play – Aug. 17-21
• Gary Thorne, analyst Orel Hershiser and reporter Dave Ryan for games held at Lamade Stadium;
• Dave Pasch, analyst Orestes Destrade and reporter Sophie Cortina for games held at Volunteer Stadium;
• Reporter Sophie Cortina is a new member to the ESPN Little League World Series production team. A former professional tennis player who has been a Tennis Channel analyst, a reporter/correspondent on Fox Sports and a reporter/host for MTV Latin America (among other television assignments), Cortina is fluent in four languages (English, Spanish, French and Italian);
• Analyst Dusty Baker (who played Little League Baseball and will be enshrined into the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence this year) will make his Little League World Series debut, joining Thorne, Hershiser and Ryan for the West vs. Midwest game Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Semifinals – Wednesday, Aug. 22 & Thursday, Aug. 23
• Brent Musburger, analysts Orel Hershiser and Dusty Baker, and reporter Erin Andrews for both U.S. semifinals (Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN);
• Gary Thorne, analyst Orestes Destrade (who is fluent in three languages – English, Spanish and Japanese), and reporter Sophie Cortina for both International semifinals (Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 23 at 3 p.m. on ESPN).
United States and International Championships – Saturday, Aug. 25
• Brent Musburger, analysts Orel Hershiser and Dusty Baker, and reporters Erin Andrews and Orestes Destrade will work both broadcasts back-to-back, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on ABC.
World Series Championship and Consolation Games – Sunday, Aug. 26
• Karl Ravech will provide play-by-play with analyst Orestes Destrade and reporter Sophie Cortina for the consolation game (12 p.m. on ESPN);
• Brent Musburger will work the Little League World Series Championship (3:30 p.m. on ABC) with analysts Orel Hershiser and Dusty Baker, and reporters Erin Andrews and Destrade.
ESPN will have an on-site set in Williamsport throughout the Little League World Series, serving as a host position during game coverage and in providing content for studio programming. Erin Andrews and Karl Ravech will share hosting responsibilities with ESPN analysts, reporters and guests. Baseball Tonight will originate from Williamsport Tuesday, Aug. 21 through Thursday, Aug. 23. ESPN studio shows will also include a Little League World Series Web Gems Special, recapping the best defensive plays throughout the tournament, Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. Immediately following the show, ESPN will present a one-hour Little League World Series Preview Show presented by Subway at 2:30 p.m., leading in the championship on ABC
The full schedule of games can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/series/2007divisions/llbb/series.htm