MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fifth Annual National Youth Baseball Championship will be returning to Memphis this Aug. 23-27 with a new title sponsor, HotelPlanner.com, and an impressive addition to the broadcast team, baseball legend Frank Thomas. Thomas (aka "The Big Hurt") is widely regarded as one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history (boasting 521 home runs with a .301 lifetime batting average), and will join fellow MLB.com analysts Jeff Nelson and Jim Duquette to broadcast the Hotelplanner.com NYBC live on CBS Sports Network and MLB.com.
This year's HotelPlanner.com NYBC will bring together the 12-and-under champions of eight youth baseball organizations (representing over eight million participants) into a final showdown to determine a true National Youth Baseball Champion. CBS Sports Network will carry quarterfinal games on Saturday, August 25 (2:00 and 6:30 PM, ET) and semifinal games on Sunday, August 26 (3:00 and 6:00 PM, ET). Tournament events begin again on Monday, August 27 (4:00 PM, ET) with the Memphis Cup, recognizing the top team among those not advancing to the championship bracket. First pitch of Monday's championship game is at 7:00 PM, ET.
In addition to the national television coverage on CBS Sports Network, MLB.com will provide a live worldwide simulcast the of games via the Internet, as well as provide updated tournament coverage and archived games on demand on their youthmajors.com website.
Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner.com, and Eddie Einhor, Chicago White Sox Vice Chairman, will be interviewed Friday, August 24 on the team selection, the HotelPlanner.com sponsorship, and why this tournament will be the event to watch. The interview will air throughout the CBS Sports Network coverage of the tournament. For more information, including a full programming schedule, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
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