The ESPN Family of Networks to Televise Big League Baseball

Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer - Little League International

Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer - Little League International

Big League Softball World Series Championship Games in Prime Time
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The sites and dates for the eight World Series tournaments in Little League Baseball and Softball were approved on Friday by the Little League International Board of Directors, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

The first games of the 63rd Little League Baseball World Series, held annually in Williamsport, Pa., will be played on Friday, Aug. 21. The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Sunday, Aug. 30, at Howard J. Lamade Stadium with the world championship for baseball players 11-12 years old. On Saturday, Aug. 29, the United States and the International championships will be decided.

For the first time, the championship game of the 2009 Big League Softball World Series, to be played in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Aug. 12, will be televised live in prime time on the ESPN family of networks. On Aug. 5 in prime time, the ESPN family of networks will again televise the Big League Baseball World Series Championship from Easley, S.C. In 2009, four of Little League’s eight World Series championship games will be televised live on the ESPN family of networks.

For the third consecutive year, all games of the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series are scheduled to be televised on the ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.

In addition, all eight of the 2009 U.S. regional championships are to be televised on ESPN or ESPN2. The semifinal and championship games of the Little League Softball World Series, as well as the championship games of Junior League Baseball, Senior League Baseball, Junior League Softball and Senior League Softball World Series are scheduled to be televised on the ESPN family of networks.

Madison Square Garden (MSG) and New England Sports Network (NESN) will televise early-round games of the New England and Mid-Atlantic Region Tournaments from Bristol, Conn. The 2009 tournament games will mark the second year of Little League International Tournament coverage for MSG and NESN.

Williamsport has been the home of Little League since it was founded there in 1939, and the final game of the tournament is traditionally on the weekend before the U.S. Labor Day weekend. Labor Day in 2009 is Sept. 7.

The other seven World Series dates and sites are: Junior League Baseball (13-14-year-olds), at Taylor, Mich., Aug. 16-22; Senior League Baseball (14-16-year-olds), at Bangor, Maine, Aug. 16-22; Big League Baseball (16-18-year-olds), at Easley, S.C., July 29-Aug. 5; Little League Softball (11-12-year-old girls) at Portland, Ore., Aug. 13-19; Junior League Softball (13-14-year-old girls), at Kirkland, Wash., Aug. 16-22; Senior League Softball (14-16-year-old girls), at Lower Sussex, Del., Aug. 9-15; and Big League Softball (14-18-year-old girls), at Kalamazoo, Mich., Aug. 6-12.

Specific times and dates for all games, including games to be televised, will be announced in June 2009.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.6 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

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