Little League, ESPN renew for 8 years, $76 million

Little League and ESPN have agreed to an 8-year, $76 million multi-platform rights extension through 2022, Little League announced on Monday. The money is more than double their last agreement.

Little League said the new extension will assist its local programs and volunteers. Little League’s board approved lowering the charter fees from $16 to $13 per team per season for 2015, creating a distressed league fund of $500,000, providing financial assistance to domestic and regional tournament hosts, and assisting umpires for all 9 World Series with a travel stipend.

The current agreement, which was announced in 2007 for 8 years and $ 30.1 million and runs through 2014, cut the charter fee from $18 to $16 and paid for 125 criminal background checks for local leagues. It also assumed the $500,000 cost for free coaches training and teaching materials via the Little League Coach Resource Center. Criminal background checks and resources for coaches will continue to be offered.

See Tuesday’s Sun-Gazette for more on the deal.