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ESPN Deportes (Spanish pronunciation: [i.espiˈen deˈpoɾtes], ESPN Sports) is an American Spanish-language pay television sports channel that is owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which owns a controlling 80% stake) and the Hearst Communications (which owns the remaining 20%). The network is aimed primarily at the Hispanic community in the United States. The channel broadcasts from studio facilities at ESPN's traditional bases of operations in Los Angeles, Coral Gables, Florida, and Bristol, Connecticut, along with their Mexican base in Mexico City.
|Launched||January 7, 2004|
|Owned by||ESPN Inc.|
(The Walt Disney Company (80%), Hearst Communications (20%))
|Picture format||720p HDTV|
(480i, letterboxed for the SDTV feed)
|Broadcast area||United States|
U.S. Virgin Islands
Coral Gables, Florida,
Los Angeles, California
Mexico City, Mexico
|DirecTV||Channel 466 |
Channel 1432 (VOD)
|Dish Network||Channel 854|
|Available on most cable systems||Channel slots vary on each provider|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 3113 (SD)|
Channel 3313 (HD)
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 1520 (SD)|
Channel 1537 (HD)
|DirecTV Now||Internet Protocol television|
|Hulu Live TV||Internet Protocol television|
|PlayStation Vue||Internet Protocol television|
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
ESPN Deportes is available on most cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Altice USA, AT&T U-verse, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Dish Network, and DirecTV. According to Nielsen, ESPN Deportes is available to at least 5.5 million Hispanic households in the United States through a programming package that includes the channel. Conversely, ESPN does not maintain second audio program audio feeds on any of their English-language channels in the United States (except for ABC's SAP Spanish coverage for the NBA Finals), allowing full exclusivity to ESPN Deportes for the Spanish rights to their properties.
ESPN Deportes launched as an alternate Spanish-language programming feed in July 2001, when ESPN and Major League Baseball began offering Spanish-language telecasts of the Home Run Derby and select Sunday Night Baseball game telecasts. By 2003, this simulcast was expanded to all Sunday Night Baseball and Sunday Night Football game broadcasts, as well as boxing.
ESPN Deportes became a separate 24-hour sports cable channel on January 7, 2004. In 2007, ESPN Deportes began producing a daily English language segment featured during the overnight editions of its American parent network's SportsCenter program, hosted by Michele LaFountain and several other personalities. ESPN Deportes launched a 720p high definition simulcast feed in April 2011, though as many American Spanish-language cable network packages remain with the majority of networks in standard definition, ESPN Deportes maintains their "BottomLine" news ticker in a form designed for 4:3 sets, matching the form seen on ESPN Classic and ESPN on ABC broadcasts. However as of 2016, the BottomLine ticker has since expanded to the 16:9 design used by the other ESPN networks.
On December 7, 2015, the network debuted its new four-studio production facility in Mexico City with the Spanish version of SportsCenter. Jorge Eduardo Sánchez and Carolina Padrón anchored the first SportsCenter from the new studios which also featured well-known Mexican journalist José Ramón Fernández interviewing Mexican football managers Tomás Boy and Miguel Herrera. On January 4, 2016, the network moved all their shows produced in Mexico to the new facilities, including Fútbol Picante, Los Capitanes and Cronómetro.
- SportsCenter – Based on the format of the flagship U.S. program, it is an hour-long program featuring the day's scores and highlights from major sporting events, along with commentary, analysis, previews, and feature stories. The ESPN Deportes version focuses mostly on culturally relevant sports news and stories, and offers in-depth analysis and highlights aimed at Hispanic viewers.
- Fútbol Picante – A roundtable discussion program featuring a panel of journalists discussing the day's football headlines and scores. Co-hosted by José Ramón Fernández and former footballers Hugo Sánchez, Roberto Gómez Junco and Rafael Puente, the program focuses specifically on the Mexican First Division and the Mexico national football team; regular commentators on the program include Ciro Procuna, Héctor Huerta, Ricardo Puig, John Sutcliffe, Felipe Ramos Rizo, Heriberto Murrieta, Ángel García Toraño, Mario Carrillo, Jared Borgetti, Jorge Pietrasanta, Dionisio Estrada, and David Faitelson.
- Jorge Ramos y Su Banda – ESPN Deportes Radio's afternoon-drive football talk show, hosted by sport journalists Jorge Ramos and Hernán Pereyra with José del Valle, Elmer Polanco, Ricardo Mayorga, Carolina De Las Salas, Diego Cora and Jorge Pérez-Navarro live from ESPN Miami studios in Coral Gables, Florida. The show airs simultaneously on ESPN Deportes television and ESPN Deportes radio weekday afternoons.
- Cronómetro – A news program featuring discussion and debates on Latino sports and sports stars; it is hosted by David Faitelson and José Ramón Fernández, with Eduardo Varela, Ricardo Puig, Alejandro de la Rosa, Pablo Viruega, Alvaro Morales and Jorge Carlos Mercader serving as contributors. The program is based on the format of Pardon the Interruption.
- Los Capitanes – An hour-long afternoon sports highlight program, co-hosted by Jose Ramon Fernandez, with Rafael Puente, Hector Huerta and Roberto Gómez Junco; Jared Borgetti, Ángel García Toraño, Ricardo Puig, Jorge Pietrasanta and other analysts serve as contributors.
- Ahora o Nunca – A late-night program that offers a new take on sports with a laid-back vibe. The co-hosts have fun with sports headlines and reactions, chat about the latest news on movies, music, E Sports, celebrity culture and more. The shows feature social content that incorporates viewer interaction and engagement. The show airs at 2 a.m. ET / 11 p.m. PT and is hosted by Herculez Gomez, Mauricio Pedroza and Janelle Marie Rodriguez.
- Fútbol Center – A short-form football-focused program (including coverage of leagues such as Liga MX, La Liga, Bundesliga, and the Premier League); airing weekends. It is hosted mostly by Ricardo Puig; Antonio Valle and Cristina Alexander also occasionally serve as hosts; analysts include Jared Borgetti, Mario Carrillo, Eugenio Diaz, and various journalists based in the ESPN studios in Bristol.
- ESPN AM – Show hosted by Ciro Procuna and Heriberto Murrieta, who together with Paulina García Robles, discuss the sports topics of the day, mainly everything related to Mexican football and share the agenda of the day through a fresh, creative and casual show that accompany the fans every morning.
- A los Golpes – A boxing news and analysis program hosted by Juan Manuel Márquez and Jorge Eduardo Sánchez. The show airs Saturdays.
- NFL Esta Noche – An NFL pre-game show preceding ESPN Deportes' coverage of Monday Night Football, which also features highlights and analysis of the previous Sunday's NFL action and live reports; it is hosted by Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, and Alba Galindo.
- NFL Live – Produced in ESPN's studios in Mexico City, the show is a NFL studio show based on the format of the English-language version of the show. The show features former NFL Europe players Marco Martos, Mauricio Lopez Chavez, Gustavo Tella, and Jaime “Jimmy” Gonzalez along with journalists Miguel Pasquel and Kary Correa. The show also regularly has the participation of other ESPN Spanish-language NFL experts including John Sutcliffe, Raul Allegre, Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, and Ciro Procuna, among others. Unlike in Mexico where it airs weekdays throughout the year, the show only airs on Saturday mornings during the NFL season on ESPN Deportes.
- Raza Deportiva – The network's first live morning show, featuring hosts based in different locations; it is hosted by football expert Rafa Ramos, Mauricio Pedroza (both based in Los Angeles); Leo Vega and Marcelo Masanti (both based in Coral Gables); Oscar Restrepo (based in Colombia); and Elizabeth Patiño (based in Mexico City). The show airs simultaneously on ESPN Deportes television and ESPN Deportes radio weekday mornings.
- Liga MX: Select regular season home matches of eight clubs
- Ascenso MX: Dorados de Sinaloa and FC Juárez home matches
- Copa MX: Group stage and knockout stage
- United States
- Major League Soccer: Spanish-language simulcasts of ESPN's "Game of the Week" broadcast
- International Champions Cup
- International friendlies
- National Football League (NFL)
- College Football
- College Football Playoff: Championship Game, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl, and Sugar Bowl
- ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, MAC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt
- Bowl games
- Major League Baseball (MLB)
- College Basketball
Mixed Martial ArtsEdit
ESPN Deportes RadioEdit
ESPN Deportes Radio launched on October 5, 2005, as the only 24-hour Spanish-language radio network aimed at U.S. Hispanic sports fans. Since its launch, the radio network has grown to include 45 affiliates nationwide, reaching close to 80% of the Hispanic population in the United States. The network is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio, and is streamed on the ESPN Deportes Radio mobile app for iOS and Android devices, and on ESPNDeportesRadio.com.
In addition to broadcasting live sports events, the radio network features various sports news and analysis programs (such as the football analysis program Jorge Ramos y su Banda; sports news program Raza Deportiva; morning drive talk show ESPN al Despertar; and the boxing news program A los Golpes).
ESPN also operates radio networks, stations and programs in Latin America:
- ESPN 107.9 FM (Argentina)
- ESPN Radio en Rivadavia (Argentina)
- ESPN Radio Fórmula (Mexico)
- ESPN Radio - Bío-Bío Deportes (Chile)
- ESPN Radio El Dorado (Brazil)
Launched in September 2000, ESPNDeportes.com covers more than 20 different sports with news, statistics, analysis and real-time scores aimed at U.S. and Latin American readers. The website also features video and audio content; fantasy games; live event webcasts; live chats with players, ESPN experts and other sports personalities; enterprise journalism; user-generated content including message boards and "conversations", with fans able to post comments on selected news items and blogs.
ESPN Deportes La RevistaEdit
ESPN Deportes La Revista is a monthly Spanish-language magazine first published in August 2005, and distributed in conjunction with Grupo GW. ESPN Deportes La Revista offers a mix of original content targeted to the interests of U.S. Hispanics, as well as material from the English-language publication ESPN: The Magazine. The editorial section covers sports such as Major League Baseball, as well as winter baseball from the Dominican Republic, Mexico Puerto Rico and Venezuela; boxing; the NFL; international football; auto racing; and action sports. A digital edition of La Revista is available through Zinio.
ESPN Deportes + by ESPN3Edit
ESPN Deportes +, the Spanish-language version of ESPN3, is a multi-platform sports streaming service that is expected to launch in 2014. The service provides comprehensive live sports content in Spanish available for streaming on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox Live. ESPN Deportes+ offers additional exclusive Spanish-language programming of over 200 sports events, supplementary to the content carried by the ESPN Deportes television network. The service will potentially reach approximately 7.7 million Hispanic households.