ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 Combine to Deliver Every Little League World Series Game from Williamsport
U.S., International and World Series Championships on ABC
All Games in High Definition; ESPN Telecasts Simulcast on ESPN360.com
ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to present all 32 games of the Little League World Series Presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes from Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 15-24. ABC – entering the network’s 46th consecutive year of Little League World Series coverage – will broadcast the International Championship Saturday, Aug. 23, at 12:30 p.m. ET, the United States Championship Saturday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m., and the Little League World Series Championship Sunday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m. Every Little League World Series game on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will be available in high definition for the fourth consecutive year. All ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts will be simulcast on ESPN360.com.
Little League World Series coverage from Williamsport will begin Friday, Aug. 15, with regional winners competing in the pool-play round, including: Midwest (Rapid City, S.D.) vs. Southeast (Tampa, Fla.) at 2 p.m. on ESPN; Canada vs. Latin America at 4 p.m. on ESPN2; New England (Shelton, Conn.) vs. West (Waipahu, Hawaii) at 6 p.m. on ESPN2; and Mid-Atlantic (Hagerstown, Md.) vs. Great Lakes (Jeffersonville, Ind.) at 8 p.m. on ESPN. ABC’s coverage will include two broadcasts from the opening weekend – Midwest (Rapid City, South Dakota) vs. New England (Shelton, Conn.) Saturday, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m. and Great Lakes (Jeffersonville, Ind.) vs. Southwest (Lake Charles, La.) Sunday, Aug. 17, at 3:30 p.m.
Coverage will continue daily (excluding an open date on Friday, Aug. 22) through the Little League World Series consolation game Sunday, Aug. 24, at 12 p.m. on ESPN and Little League World Series Championship.
ESPN game commentators:
Pool Play – Aug. 15-19
* Gary Thorne and analyst Orel Hershiser for games held at Lamade Stadium;
* Karl Ravech and analyst Orestes Destrade for games held at Volunteer Stadium;
* Stacey Dales and Pedro Gomez will share reporting responsibilities.
Semifinals – Wednesday, Aug. 20 & Thursday, Aug. 21
* Brent Musburger, Hershiser and Dales will provide commentary for both U.S. Semifinals (Wednesday, Aug. 20, and Thursday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. on ESPN);
* Thorne, Destrade (who is fluent in three languages – English, Spanish and Japanese) and reporter Pedro Gomez will provide commentary for both International semifinals (Wednesday, Aug. 20, and Thursday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m. on ESPN).
International and United States Championships – Saturday, Aug. 23
* Musburger, analysts Hershiser and Destrade, and reporters Dales and Gomez will call the International Championship Saturday, Aug. 23, at 12:30 p.m. on ABC;
* Musburger will call the United States Championship with Hershiser and Dales Saturday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m. on ABC.
World Series Championship and Consolation Game – Sunday, Aug. 24
* Ravech, Destrade and Gomez will call the consolation game Sunday, Aug. 24, at 12 p.m. on ESPN;
* Musburger will provide play-by-play for the Little League World Series Championship with Hershiser, Dales and Gomez Sunday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
ESPN will have an on-site set in Williamsport throughout the Little League World Series, serving as a host position in providing content for studio programming. Karl Ravech will host with ESPN analysts, reporters and guests. Baseball Tonight will originate from Williamsport Tuesday, Aug. 19, through Thursday, Aug. 21. ESPN will present a Little League World Series Web Gems Special, recapping the best defensive plays throughout the tournament, Sunday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. (immediately following the consolation game). Additionally, ESPN will feature a one-hour Little League World Series Preview Show Sunday, Aug. 24, at 2:30 p.m. (leading into the championship game at 3:30 p.m. on ABC).
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