ABC, ESPN & ESPN2 Combine to Present Little League World Series from Williamsport

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ABC, ESPN & ESPN2 Combine to Present Little League World Series from Williamsport

Ravech, Garciaparra, Brown Form New Championship Game Trio; Sunday Night Baseball’s Francona & Hershiser to Call Three Games Together; SportsCenter Onsite

ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to present all 32 games of the 2012 Little League World Series presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Aug. 16-26 from Lamade Stadium and Volunteer Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. ABC will broadcast five games from Williamsport, including the International Championship and the United States Championship on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 12:30 p.m. ET and 3:30 p.m., respectively. ABC will then broadcast the Little League World Series Championship on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m.

ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to present 27 Little League World Series games in Williamsport, beginning with four games Thursday, Aug. 16. ESPN and ESPN2 games will also be available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN and most are available on ESPN Mobile TV.

Commentators

  • Baseball Tonight’s Karl Ravech and Nomar Garciaparra and college football reporter Jenn Brown will form the new Little League World Series Championship team and call all five ABC games, including the World Series Championship, United States Championship and International Championship;
  • Sunday Night Baseball analysts Terry Francona and Orel Hershiser will call three games together – Aug. 16, Aug. 22 and Aug. 23. Hershiser will call seven games total, including two Aug. 16 – the first day from Williamsport. Francona – in his first year of Little League World Series coverage – will call five  games;
  • Gary Thorne will call 13 games from Williamsport and Chris McKendry will call the Third Place Consolation Game Sunday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m., in addition to leading on-site SportsCenter coverage.

Additional Coverage

  • SportsCenter will provide daily, on-site updates with coverage led by McKendry and Ravech, including a special ABC SportsCenter broadcast on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m. following the International Championship;
  • Little League Web Gems/World Series Preview presented by Subway will highlight the tournament’s best defensive plays and preview the Little League World Series Championship, on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. McKendry will host the show with analysts Garciaparra and Kyle Peterson;
  • ESPN.com’s Little League World Series page will be updated with scores, results and game stories.

Little League World Series Telecast Open

ESPN will debut the full version of the new Little League World Series telecast open on Thursday, Aug. 16. The element shows Little Leaguers enjoying a summer day at a baseball-themed carnival. The element combines two popular activities for children in the summer – baseball and theme parks. A preview of the open is available on ESPN’s Little League World Series Facebook page.

“Summer Forever”

ESPN and Disney have collaborated with band 1985 to produce the 2012 Little League World Series theme song “Summer Forever.” The track captures the fun and excitement of baseball and summer and will be used throughout Little League World Series coverage from Williamsport.

Little League World Series in 3D

ESPN will present 22 Little League World Series from Williamsport in 3D, including the International Championship and US Championship on Saturday, Aug, 25, and the Third Place Consolation Game and World Series Championship on Sunday, Aug. 26. The full schedule: 3D.

ESPN International

ESPN International will broadcast up to 32 Little League World Series games from Williamsport via ESPN2 in Venezuela and Mexico, ESPN2 Caribbean, ESPN Brazil, ESPN Australia, ESPN Israel, ESPN Africa, ESPN China, ESPN India, ESPN Taiwan, ESPN Philippines, ESPN Southeast Asia, ESPN Hong Kong and J-Sports (ESPN Japan). In addition, all 32 games will air on the ESPN America networks, which serve Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

Little League World Series Schedule

U.S. Pool – Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, West.

International Pool – Asia-Pacific, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle East & Africa (MEA).

*All ESPN and ESPN2 games are available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

Date Time (ET) / Stadium Game Commentators Network
Thu, Aug. 16 1 p.m.Volunteer Game 1: Japan at Caribbean Gary Thorne, Nomar Garciaparra ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV
  3 p.m.Lamade Game 2: West at New England Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson, Jenn Brown ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
  5 p.m.Volunteer Game 3: Europe at Asia Pacific Thorne, Orel Hershiser ESPN2, ESPN Mobile TV
  8 p.m.Lamade Game 4: Midwest at Southeast Ravech, Hershiser, Francona, Brown ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
Fri, Aug. 17 1 p.m.Volunteer Game 5: Mexico at Canada Thorne, Peterson ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV
  3 p.m.Lamade Game 6: Mid-Atlantic at Southwest Ravech, Garciaparra, Brown ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
  5 p.m.Volunteer Game 7: Latin America at MEA Thorne, Francona ESPN2, ESPN Mobile TV
  8 p.m.Lamade Game 8: Great Lakes at Northwest Ravech, Hershiser, Brown ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
Sat, Aug. 18 12 p.m.Volunteer Game 9: Gm. 1 Loser at Gm. 3 Loser Thorne, Peterson ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV
  3 p.m.Lamade Game 10: Gm. 2 Loser at Gm. 4 Loser Ravech, Garciaparra, Brown ABC, ESPN 3D
  6 p.m.Volunteer Game 11: Gm. 5 Loser at Gm. 7 Loser Thorne, Peterson ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV
  8 p.m.Lamade Game 12: Gm. 6 Loser at Gm. 8 Loser Ravech, Garciaparra, Brown ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
Sun, Aug. 19 12 p.m.Volunteer Game 13: Gm. 5 Winner at Gm. 7 Winner Thorne, Peterson ESPN2, ESPN Mobile TV
  2 p.m.Lamade Game 14: Gm. 2 Winner at Gm. 4 Winner Ravech, Garciaparra, Brown ABC, ESPN 3D,
  5 p.m.Volunteer Game 15: Gm. 6 Winner at Gm. 8 Winner Thorne, Peterson ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV
  7 p.m.Lamade Game 16: Gm. 1 Winner at Gm. 3 Winner Ravech, Garciaparra, Brown ESPN2, ESPN 3D
Mon, Aug. 20 12 p.m.Lamade Consolation Game A: Gm. 9 Loser at Gm. 10 Loser Ravech, Garciaparra ESPN2, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
  2 p.m.Volunteer Game 17: Gm. 13 Loser at Gm. 9 Winner Thorne, Peterson ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV
  4 p.m.Lamade Game 18: Gm. 14 Loser at Gm. 12 Winner Ravech, Garciaparra, Brown ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
  6 p.m.Volunteer Game 19: Gm. 16 Loser at Gm. 11 Winner Thorne, Francona, Brown ESPN2, ESPN Mobile TV
  8 p.m.Lamade Game 20: Gm. 15 Loser at Gm. 10 Winner Ravech, Hershiser, McKendry ESPN2, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
Tue, Aug. 21 1 p.m.Lamade Consolation Game B: Gm. 11 Loser at Gm. 12 Loser Ravech, Peterson, Brown ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
  4 p.m.Volunteer Game 21:  Gm. 17 Winner at Gm. 19 Winner Thorne, Hershiser, McKendry ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
  8 p.m.Lamade Game 22: Gm. 18 Winner at Gm. 20 Winner Ravech, Francona, Brown ESPN2, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
Wed, Aug. 22 4 p.m.Lamade Game 23: Gm. 13 Winner at Gm. 16 Winner Thorne, Garciaparra, Brown ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
  8 p.m.Lamade Game 24: Gm. 14 Winner at Gm. 15 Winner Ravech, Francona, Hershiser, Brown ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
Thu, Aug. 23 4 p.m.Lamade Game 25: Gm. 21 Winner at Gm. 23 Loser Thorne, Francona, Hershiser, Brown ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
  8 p.m.Lamade Game 26: Gm. 22 Winner at Gm. 24 Loser Ravech, Garciaparra, Brown ESPN2, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
Sat, Aug. 25 12:30 p.m.Lamade Game 27:International Championship Ravech, Garciaparra, Brown ABC, ESPN 3D
  3:30 p.m.Lamade Game 28: United States Championship Ravech, Garciaparra, Brown ABC, ESPN 3D
Sun, Aug. 26 11 a.m.Lamade Game 29: Consolation Game – Third Place Game McKendry, Peterson ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV
  3 p.m.Lamade Game 30: World Series Championship Ravech, Garciaparra, Brown ABC, ESPN 3D

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Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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