Watch Scripps National Spelling Bee
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While the Scripps National Spelling Bee has been an American institution since 1925, it did not start to be televised until 1994. Since then, ESPN and, later, ESPN2, has covered the broadcast of the bee. The premise of the bee is to reward middle-school-aged students for their skills and knowledge of language and spelling across the span of six rounds. Each child in attendance is sponsored by a newspaper. More recently, regional champions from countries other than the United States have been allowed admission, provided they have a sponsor. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an annual event and has been held every year, between late May and early June, following the week after Memorial Day weekend in the United States, with the exception of the three years of involvement in World War II. ESPN2 has covered the early rounds of the bee during the day, with the fifth and sixth rounds being covered during prime time hours.