ESPN to Expand Coverage of Little League Baseball Regional Tournaments
New England Sports Network (NESN) to Televise New England Region Semifinals, Other Games as Well
One of the most popular summer programming events on the ESPN family of networks, the Little League Baseball World Series, will see even more of its International Tournament televised with the announcement of expanded coverage by the cable network.
“We’re delighted to grow our coverage of the Little League regional semis,” said Len DeLuca, ESPN senior vice president, programming and acquisitions. “The Little League World Series merits more national attention as one of the leading sports events in the dog days of summer. We can capture more stories from expanding our coverage of the eight regionals in the United States.”
ESPN and its family of networks have expanded its coverage of Little League Baseball’s Regional Tournaments by 14 games. Last year, ESPN televised eight Little League Baseball regional tournament games, all championship contests. This year ESPN will again cover all eight regional championship games in addition to selected semifinal games in regional play. ESPN platforms will provide coverage of 22 Little League Baseball International Tournament games leading up to their coverage of the Little League Baseball World Series.
Beginning Aug. 10, ESPN has added the Southwest Region semifinals from Waco, Texas; the two semifinal games from the Mid-Atlantic Region in Bristol, Conn.; semifinal games in the Great Lakes and Midwest Regions held in Indianapolis, Ind., and semifinals games in the Northwest and West Regions played in San Bernardino, Calif.; and, the Southeast Region semifinals in Warner Robins, Ga.
Twelve of the games will be televised on ESPN2, with the games also available on ESPN3.com. Two of the games will be exclusive to ESPN3.com.
“We are pleased ESPN has decided to expand its coverage of the Little League Baseball International Tournament,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “I think this shows ESPN believes the core values of Little League Baseball and Softball are meaningful to its viewers. There also is an increasing fan interest in tournament play in all eight divisions of Little League tournament play. We are thankful to have ESPN as a media partner to help us promote the benefits of the Little League experience.”
With the additional games, ESPN and its family of networks will air up to 56 games of the Little League Baseball International Tournament and a total of 65 games across the eight divisions of play in the Little League Baseball and Softball International Tournaments. All games will be televised live.
The entire schedule of Little League Baseball and Softball International Tournament games expected to be televised will be released in June.
The only regional semifinals not on ESPN will be the games in the New England Region, which will be televised on NESN (New England Sports Network).