ESPN and the Cleveland County American Legion World Series Committee have agreed to a four-year contract, beginning Aug. 12-16, to feature all 15 American Legion Baseball World Series games on ESPN3, the network's live sports broadband network. The games, taking place in Shelby, N.C., will be shown online and on mobile devices to Internet customers with high-speed connections from affiliated service providers.
In addition to coverage of the games, ESPN3 also will provide coverage of events associated with the World Series, such as the Legion's salute to military families and Blue Star Banner Day on Aug. 14, and the Ronnie Dunn concert on Aug. 11. The network also will provide coverage of the presentation of a Gold Star Banner to the family of a North Carolina military pilot recently killed while deployed overseas.
"We are extremely pleased that the Legion baseball committee in Shelby, N.C., has reached this agreement with ESPN3 which will allow hundreds of thousands of fans - maybe even millions of fans - to enjoy watching The American Legion Baseball World Series," said Jimmie L. Foster, national commander of The American Legion. "The people of Shelby, ‘The Home of The American Legion Baseball World Series,' have done everything possible to make this a great and memorable event for those who can attend. Now they have made it possible for all of America to watch these fantastic young athletes in action."