ESPN Announcers For Little League World Series Announced
ESPN and its family of networks, which will televise every game of the 64th Little League Baseball World Series, today released its announcing teams for the telecasts.
In the first-round of the tournament, Gary Thorne will be paired with Orel Hershiser. Karl Ravech will team up with Bobby Valentine while Jon Sciambi and Nomar Garciaparra will also work games. Kyle Peterson and Adriana Monsalve will share the reporting duties from the field and stands at both Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums.
For the U.S., International and World Championship games, which will all be carried live on ABC, veteran announcer Brent Musburger will team with Mr. Hershiser. Mr. Ravech, who will anchor the weekend coverage of the World Series, will call the consolation game along with Mr.Valentine. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to present up to 34 games. The games airing on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be simulcast on ESPN3.com.
Mr. Musburger will be working his 14th World Series, including each tournament since 2000, while Mr. Hershiser will be behind the microphone for the fifth consecutive year.
The 16-team tournament begins Aug. 20 with four first-round games. The International Championship game will be played Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. with the U.S. title game to follow. The consolation and World Championship contests will be played the following day with the consolation game at 11 a.m. and the final game of the tournament scheduled for a 3 p.m. start. In between games, at 1 p.m., ESPN will air the Little League Baseball World Series Web Gems/World Series Preview Show which will highlight the best defensive plays in the tournament and preview the championship game.
For the first time, this year's tournament will feature a double-elimination format in the first round of play. That will reduce the field to four teams, two International and two U.S., which will play with a berth in the World Championship game on the line.
The 2010 World Series will be the fourth under an eight-year television contract with ESPN/ABC that provides for live coverage of each game. This will be the sixth year all games will be televised in high definition.
ESPN and its family of networks began its coverage, which will include up to 65 games by the time the World Series has ended, of the Little League International Tournament on Aug. 4 with live coverage of the Big League Baseball World Series Championship game. Their coverage of Little League Baseball regional play on Aug. 10, began a string in which, for 18 of the next 20 days, at least one game, and many times multiple games, of the International Tournament have been or will be televised.
This will be the 48th consecutive year ABC has covered the Little League Baseball World Series.
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