Barry Larkin to be among TV analysts at the Series
ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will televise all 32 games of the Little League World Series from Aug. 14-24. ABC will broadcast five games, including the International Championship and the United States Championship on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 12:30 and 3:30, respectively. ABC will then broadcast the Little League World Series Championship on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 3.
ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise 27 Little League World Series games beginning with four games Thursday, Aug. 14.
Analyst and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin will join Karl Ravech, analyst Nomar Garciaparra and reporter Jaymee Sire for all five ABC games, including the World Series Championship, United States Championship and International Championship;
Ravech and Dave Flemming will rotate play-by-play duties throughout with Larkin, Garciaparra, Kyle Peterson and Chris Burke serving as analysts.
Jay Crawford and Chris McKendry will each call games from the booth; Crawford will join Peterson for games on Monday, Aug. 18, at 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 19, at noon while McKendry will join Peterson for the Third Place Consolation Game on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m.
SportsCenter will air live from Little League on Monday, Aug. 18, and Tuesday, Aug. 19, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., hosted by Crawford and McKendry. SportsCenter will also provide daily, on-site updates throughout the entire tournament with coverage led by Crawford, McKendry and Ravech.
Other television plans:
ESPN?will show League Web Gems/World Series Preview on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 1. McKendry will host the show with Peterson. Vignettes in celebration of Little League’s 75th Anniversary will feature current and former Major League Baseball players, professional athletes and notable figures looking back at key moments throughout Little League history.
A special feature on Little League creator Carl Stotz will run between games on Saturday, Aug. 23.
ESPN will debut a new Little League World Series telecast open, which features a summer camp theme set to the band 1985’s popular “Summer Forever” track.
A new TrussCam will be positioned on a trolley beyond the outfield wall at Lamade Stadium to capture sweeping shots of action.
“Wired” segments with coaches and umpires will provide unique insight and instant reaction.