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Thursday, August 10, 2000
Little League World Series coverage


August 10, 2000

ESPN2 will begin its extensive coverage of the 54th annual Little League World Series with live telecasts of the four regional final games beginning Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN and ESPN2 will continue live coverage with a combined eight telecasts of the World Series from Williamsport, Pa. beginning Sunday, August 20 at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

Jack Edwards (play-by-play) and Harold Reynolds (analyst) will be the announce team for the majority of the World Series telecasts. Brent Musberger (play-by-play) and Orel Hershiser (analyst) will call select telecasts. Dave Ryan will serve as a reporter for the World Series games. ABC Sports will televise the championship game Saturday, August 26 at 4:30 p.m. with Musberger, Reynolds and Hershiser calling the action.

Telecasts will feature innovative production elements, including the "MaskCam," providing viewers with a unique behind-the-plate view through a thumb-sized camera built into the umpire's facemask. The "MaskCam" debuted on ESPN's College World Series telecasts in 1997 and is now utilized on the network's telecasts of Sunday Night Baseball and Divisional Playoff Series. Other production features include the use of a 40-foot JIB boom camera to provide surrounding and scenic views of Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa., robotic cameras and Super Slo Mo replays.

ESPN2 will televise the Big League World Series (16-to-18-year-olds) from Tucson, Ariz. Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Scott Fletcher (analyst) will call the game. The Big League Softball World Series (16-to-18-year-olds) from Kalamazoo, Mich. will air on ESPN2 Friday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. with Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Ellen Weinberg (analyst) calling the action. Other telecasts include the International Championship and American Championship games Thursday Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on ESPN2. The Home Run Derby and All-Star game will also air on ESPN2 Friday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. 16 to 18 year olds, part of Little League program.

Little League World Series Schedule

Day Time (ET) Game Site Network
8/15 1 p.m. Big League World Series Tucson, Ariz. ESPN2
8 p.m. Southern Regional Final St. Petersburg, Fla. ESPN2 live
8/16 6:30 p.m. Central Regional Final Indianapolis, Ind. ESPN2 live
8/17 8 p.m. Eastern Regional Final Bristol, Conn. ESPN2 live
11 p.m. Western Regional Final San Bernadino, Calif. ESPN2 live
8/20 5 p.m. L.L.W.S. Williamsport, Pa. ESPN2 live
8 p.m. L.L.W.S. Williamsport, Pa. ESPN2 live
8/21 2 p.m. L.L.W.S. Williamsport, Pa. ESPN live
8 p.m. L.L.W.S. Williamsport, Pa. ESPN2 live
8/22 2 p.m. L.L.W.S. Williamsport, Pa. ESPN live
8 p.m. L.L.W.S. Williamsport, Pa. ESPN2 live
8/23 5 p.m. L.L.W.S. Williamsport, Pa. ESPN2 live
8 p.m. L.L.W.S. Williamsport, Pa. ESPN2 live
8/24 5 p.m. International Championship Williamsport, Pa. ESPN2 live
8 p.m. American Championship Williamsport, Pa. ESPN2 live
8/25 1 p.m. Big League Softball Kalamazoo, Mich. ESPN2
6 p.m. Home Run Derby Williamsport, Pa. ESPN2
7 p.m. All-Star Game Williamsport, Pa. ESPN2 live
8/26 4:30 p.m. L.L.W.S. Championship Game Williamsport, Pa. ABC live

  • X Games to follow Little League World Series telecasts The X Games, taking place in August for the first time (previously held in June) will follow ESPN and ESPN2 Little League World Series telecasts on eight separate occasions. All six of ESPN2's X Games telecasts and two of ESPN's X Games shows will follow World Series telecasts. ABC's final day of X Games coverage will precede its telecast of the World Series Championship game.

  • More Little Leage baseball on ESPN and ABC Sports
    ESPN and ABC Sports recently extended their current contract with Little League Baseball through the 2006 season. Beginning in 2001, ESPN and ESPN2 will increase their U.S. Regional Championship telecasts from four to eight, while continuing to televise the World Series and International and U.S. pool-play games. ESPN will continue to televise the Big League Baseball and the Big League Softball World Series Championship games. ABC Sports will increase its coverage to include the United States Championship game on Saturday and the World Series Championship game on Sunday. The Little League World Series will expand next year, for the first time, from eight teams to 16.