Little League stays on ESPN


NEW YORK -- Little League Baseball will continue on ESPN under an eight-year contract extension announced Thursday.

Financial terms of the extension, which will run through 2014, weren't disclosed. ESPN and ABC have carried the Little League Championship since 1963. The new deal includes multimedia rights and 49 games in the eight divisions of Little League Baseball.

ESPN said that this year marks the first time that the networks -- including ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC -- will carry all 32 games of the Little League Baseball World Series, which will run from Aug. 17-23 in Williamsport, Pa.

Other games covered by the deal include the eight Regional Championship finals in Little League Baseball on ESPN and ESPN2, two semifinals and the World Championship of Little League Softball and several other championship games from Junior League Baseball to Senior League Baseball and Softball. Those will be on ESPN or ESPN2.