For the first time in the history of the Little League® World Series Luncheon, we already know one team coming to South Williamsport, and now we know how all 16 Region Champions will be starting the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series.
Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Pennsylvania College of Technology President and Little League International Board of Directors Chairman, announced today the pairings and schedule of this year’s Little League Baseball World Series, taking place Aug. 15-25 at Howard J. Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums.
With the first realignment of the International Bracket since 2008, the Perth Metro Central Little League team from Perth, Australia is the first-ever team from that continent to represent the new Australia Region. Perth Metro Central won the Region Championship on June 5.Learn more about the realignment.Seven other teams from around the world and eight teams from the United States, who will win their way to South Williamsport over the next eight weeks. Learn more about the United States Region Tournament dates and locations; and click here for International Region Tournament information.
“Last year, we had an amazing story with the Lugazi Little League team from Uganda being the first Little League from Africa to come to South Williamsport, and we’re excited to welcome Perth Metro Central and Australia,” said Mr. Keener. “We are always evaluating our World Series structure to make sure we have a fan-friendly experience and a tournament that reflects the growth and future of Little League.”
The 67th Little League Baseball World Series will follow the same modified format from the past two years. Four teams will be eliminated from advancing in the tournament by virtue of losing their first two games. Those four teams, two on each side of the bracket, will play “crossover” games – U.S. team vs. International team. This is the only time in the tournament, except the World Championship and consolation games, U.S and International teams oppose each other. All teams will play at least three games at the World Series, and all 32 games will be televised by the ESPN family of networks or ABC.
This year marks the seventh year of an eight-year television contract with ESPN/ABC that provides for live coverage of Little League events. ESPN will also televise the Little League Baseball World Series “Webgems” show at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, followed by a pre-game show. The Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game is scheduled to start following these programs at 3 p.m. on ABC.
In addition to the Little League Baseball World Series, 41 Little League games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ESPNU and WATCH ESPN, including all the championship games from the eight other Little League Baseball and Softball World Series. The Longhorn Network will also televise 12 games from the Little League Baseball Southwest Region Championship, and NESN will broadcast six games from the Little League Baseball New England Region Championship. All coverage is subject to change. Learn more about the schedules of all the Little League Baseball and Softball World Series.
WRAK (1200 AM/1400 AM/94.9 FM) in Williamsport will broadcast all games of the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series. WRAK is the flagship station for the English-speaking radio broadcasts of the Little League Baseball World Series. The station has broadcast the World Series every year since its inception in 1947.
The 2013 Little League Baseball World Series Challenger Exhibition Game, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 24, will air live on Northeastern Pennsylvania’s and the Central Susquehanna Valley’s PBS Station, WVIA TV, thanks to the generous support of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.
“We have an exciting summer coming up, and thanks to our television and radio partners, millions around the world will be able to share in the Little League experience,” said Mr. Keener. “The Little League Baseball World Series has been broadcast for almost its entire history, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase the talent of our players, dedication of our volunteers and the opportunities that Little League can provide to children throughout the world.”
The Little League Baseball World Series Luncheon included the pairing of team hosts with their Region Champions for this year’s World Series. Little League also unveiled their new 75th Anniversary logo leading up to its diamond anniversary in 2014.
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