Get ready for the sport of spelling. After airing for 12 years on sports channel ESPN and recently getting the sports-movie-like treatment in Akeela and the Bee, ABC announced Thursday that it plans to air the final rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee live on Thursday, June 1 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Earlier rounds will be carried by corporate sibling ESPN. Spelling bees have also become the subject of a best-selling novel, Bee Season by Myla Goldberg, and a Tony-winning Broadway musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.