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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

How The Little League World Series Became One Of Summer’s Most-Watched Sporting Events

Television networks have long understood the lure of Little League. CBS first aired the Little League championship game in 1953, on tape delay and in black and white. ABC broadcast the game live for the first time in 1960 but then made it a regular Sunday feature of its Wide World of Sports coverage starting in 1963.

ABC took the game live in 1985 while also becoming the first network to mount a small camera on the mask of the home plate umpire.

Shortly after ABC Sports and ESPN integrated in the mid-1990s, the network started covering Little League. In 2000, ESPN aired 12 Little League games before adding the regional championship games the following year.

By 2012, ESPN was broadcasting 66 Little League games, including the girls Softball World Series. Last year that number jumped to 233 games with the advent of streaming services on ESPN+. This year, ESPN will cover every game in all seven divisions of the Little League World Series, including boys and girls in older divisions as well. ESPN will air a whopping 345 games in all, including 263 on ESPN+.

ESPN is introducing a Little League home run derby this year, as well as simulcasting a game in which kids will take part in the broadcast.

“I truly believe the LLWS is everything that is good about sports, and that’s hard to find these days,” said Rick Mace, ESPN’s senior manager of programming and acquisitions, who is also a Little League dad.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2019 at 10:28 AM | 22 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Orioles and Red Sox to play in Williamsport, Pa. next season

The Orioles are scheduled to play a home game next season in Williamsport, Pa.

Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association announced this afternoon that the Orioles and Red Sox will serve as participants in the fourth iteration of the “MLB Little League Classic” on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020.

The game will air nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio at 7 p.m. and count as a home date for the Orioles.

Camden Yards will handle the other 80.

“Participating in next year’s Little League Classic is a tremendous honor for our club,” Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said in a statement.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2019 at 04:38 PM | 11 comment(s)
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