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New England Sports Network, Madison Square Garden Network to Televise LLB New England, Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament Games - April 14

New England Sports Network, Madison Square Garden Network to Televise LLB New England, Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament Games - April 14


WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Little League International has formed a unique partnership with the New England Sports Network (NESN) and the Madison Square Garden network (MSG) to televise the New England and Mid-Atlantic Little League Baseball regional tournaments. The partnership marks the first time that regional sports networks have combined production resources to deliver live coverage of Little League Baseball.

“Little League International is pleased that these games will be available to millions of viewers in New England and the Mid-Atlantic,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League International, said. “Our partnership with NESN and MSG Network will further enhance Little League’s longtime leadership in youth sports by showcasing not only outstanding young athletes, but to display Little League’s commitment to provide a fun, safe and healthy program for the whole family.” 

The two networks will have the exclusive rights to televise the Little League Baseball regional tournament games from Bristol, Conn., with the exception of the respective regional Championship Games, which will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.

 The multi-year agreement is the first of its kind granting a regional sports network the right to televise the Little League regional tournament games that ultimately will determine each region’s representative at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

The New England Regional Tournament begins on Aug. 1 and concludes with the Championship Game on Aug. 9. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament dates are Aug. 1-11.

 “We are thrilled to add Little League Baseball to our lineup of sports programming,” Joel Feld, NESN’s Vice President of Programming and Executive Producer. “The Little League tournament is great family entertainment and an annual event that brings our entire region together. It’s complementary to our Red Sox coverage and reinforces our mission to deliver the very best programming to all fans of New England sports.”

The New England regional tournament features the region’s six Little League state champions from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

“MSG boasts an extensive lineup of local, regional and national live sports programming and we are excited to partner with NESN to add Little League Baseball to our growing slate,” Lydia Murphy-Stephans, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production for MSG Media, said. “These games will diversify our live sports programming during the summer, anchored by our exclusive coverage of the WNBA’s New York Liberty and Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, and reinforce that MSG is the network to watch for the most sports and entertainment coverage in New York.”

The Mid-Atlantic region consists of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C.

The two tournaments are played simultaneously at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn., site of the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center. NESN and MSG Network will each televise at least four games from their respective regional tournaments including both semifinal games in primetime.

About NESN
NESN is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and delivered to more than four million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally via DirecTV and Dish Network. The definitive source for New England sports programming, NESN is the top-rated regional sports network in the United States, delivering award-winning Red Sox and Bruins coverage, a popular sports news and highlights program: NESN SportsDesk; and a unique sports debate and discussion show: The Globe 10.0. NESN is also the first regional sports network in the country to originate every game and studio show in high-definition.

About MSG
The MSG Television network debuted on October 15, 1969 with a National Hockey League game between the New York Rangers and the Minnesota North Stars. MSG Network, thus, became the first regional sports network in North America, and one of the first of its kind in the world. The network has been owned throughout its history by the owners of Madison Square Garden in New York City, as well as the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Rangers, and now the WNBA’s New York Liberty. Cablevision is currently the managing partner of Madison Square Garden.

About Little League International
Little League International is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million participants, led by more than one million adult volunteers, in all 50 states and more than 70 other countries. Founded and headquartered in Williamsport, Pa., Little League’s goal is to bring the sports of baseball and softball to children and their families, instilling the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. While thousands of Little Leaguers have advanced to become Major League Baseball players, with some attaining induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Little League’s purpose is to create good citizens first.