Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Qualifies For 61st Little League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 29, 2007) – A team from Dhahran, Saudi
Arabia, earned a berth in the 2007 Little League Baseball World
Series by winning the Transatlantic Region Tournament on Sunday in
The Arabian American Little League defeated London Area Youth Little League from London, England, 7-1, in the championship game. Arabian American Little League finished the five-team tournament with a 6-0 record.
A team from Saudi Arabia has never won the Little League Baseball World Series. The first year a Saudi Arabian team qualified for the Little League Baseball World Series was 1983. Arabian American Little League has represented the Transatlantic Region at the Little League Baseball World Series 14 times. This year’s team marks the league’s eighth consecutive World Series appearance and 13th since 1994.
Arabian American Little League joins Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao; Tokyo Kitasuna Little League of Tokyo, Japan; Seguro Social Little League of Mexicali, Mexico; Li-Shing Little League of Taichung, Chinese Taipei; and La Victoria Little League of Maracaibo, Venezuela, as participants in the 2007 Little League Baseball World Series.
The World Series championship game can be seen live on ABC television at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 26. ABC also will televise the International championship game on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 12:30 p.m., followed by the United States championship at 3:30 p.m.
The 2007 World Series will be the first operated under the new eight-year television contract agreement with ESPN/ABC. Five games will be televised on ABC. This will be the second year that all of the World Series games will be televised in high definition. For the sixth year since the tournament expanded from eight to 16 teams in 2001, every team will have games on national television.
All 32 games of the World Series are expected to be televised again this year. Sixteen World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 11 will be televised on ESPN2.
In addition, the ESPN family of networks will carry all eight of the U.S. Regional Championship finals in the Little League Baseball division. The U.S. regional finals have been televised by ESPN and ESPN2 every year since 1997.
The next berths in the Little League Baseball World Series are expected to be decided on Aug. 9. The winner of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region Tournament in Kutno, Poland, will be determined, while the first team from the United States will qualify with the conclusion of the Southeast Region Tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live, are: Thursday, Aug 9 - Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., 8 p.m., ESPN); Friday, Aug. 10 - Southwest (Waco, Texas, 8 p.m., ESPN); Saturday; Aug. 11 - Midwest (Indianapolis, noon, ESPN); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., 2 p.m., ESPN); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, 7 p.m., ESPN); West (San Bernardino, Calif., 9 p.m., ESPN); Sunday, Aug 12 – Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., 10 p.m., ESPN2); Monday, Aug. 13 – New England (Bristol, Conn., 8 p.m., ESPN2). All game times are Eastern U.S. time.
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