Little League World Series Inks TV Extension With ESPN

Even though its signature event was not played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Little League World Series apparently remains a hot property as ESPN announced recently that it will continue to air the Little League Baseball World Series as well as other events through 2030 as part of an eight-year extension.

The eight-year extension, which covers domestic, international and streaming platforms, makes ESPN the exclusive global rights holder for Little League baseball and softball. ESPN will carry more than 300 games yearly. ESPN started televising Little League games in 1983 and each year since 1987.

“Multiple generations of families have enjoyed playing and watching games on ESPN and ABC, and we’re excited to continue and expand the rewarding relationship,” ESPN president and Disney Media Networks co-chair Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement.

Little League president and CEO Stephen Keener also said in a statement that the relationship has allowed them to support more than 6500 community-based programs.

ESPN will also continue to exclusively televise the annual MLB Little League Classic on “Sunday Night Baseball”. Next year’s event will take place on Aug. 22 and feature the Cleveland Indians against the Los Angeles Angels. The Little League World Series, which is held in Williamsport, PA, will expand from 16 to 20 teams in 2022.