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|Owned by||ESPN Inc. (The Walt Disney Company (80%), Hearst Corporation (20%))|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Language||English , Spanish & Portuguese|
|Headquarters||Bristol, Connecticut, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Mexico City, Mexico
|Dish Network||854 (SD)|
|Available on most cable systems||Check local listings|
|Verizon Fios||1520 (SD)
|AT&T U-Verse||3302 (SD)|
ESPN Deportes (Spanish pronunciation: [i.es.piˈen deˈportes], ESPN Sports) is a Spanish-language sports channel for Hispanic sports fan in the United States. The channel broadcasts transmissions made in Mexico City, Los Angeles and in Bristol, Connecticut.
Currently, ESPN Deportes hosts several platforms. These include: ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes HD television, which offer over 1,000 hours of unparalleled Spanish-language sports programming; ESPN Deportes Radio, the only round-the-clock national Spanish-Language sports radio network in the United States; ESPNDeportes.com, the Number 1 Spanish-language sports website among Spanish-preferred fans in the US; ESPN Deportes La Revista, the first general sports Spanish-Language magazine in the United States, and ESPN Deportes Mobile, the brand's emerging business which offers Spanish-language sports content to fans via wireless devices.
ESPN Deportes began in July 2001 when ESPN and Major League Baseball began offering Spanish-Language telecasts of the Home Run Derby and select Sunday Night Baseball games. This was expanded to a full broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball and Sunday Night Football games, as well as boxing. In 2007, ESPN Deportes began a daily English segment on the late edition of its American parent's SportsCenter, hosted by Michele LaFountain and several other personalities. ESPN Deportes started transmitting in High Definition on April 16, 2011, DirecTV added it on August 26, 2013.
ESPN Deportes was officially launched on January 7th, 2004 as a 24-hour sports channel. According to Nielsen, 5.5 million Hispanic households are subscribed to a plan that includes ESPN Deportes.
The following is a summary of the current programming on ESPN Deportes.
Like the English-language original, SportsCenter is an hour-long program replaying the day's scores and highlights from major sporting events, along with commentary, analyses, previews and feature stories. The ESPN Deportes version of the show focuses mostly on culturally relevant sports news and stories, and offers in-depth analysis and highlights that target the typical Hispanic viewer.
- Fútbol Picante
A roundtable discussion program featuring a panel of journalists discussing the day's headlines and scores in the world of football. It is the leading Mexican football news and information program, focused specifically on the Mexican First Division and the Mexico national football team. It is co-hosted by Spanish-Language television's sportscasters José Ramón Fernández and former coach and player Daniel Brailovsky; some of the regular commentators on the program include Ciro Procuna, Carlos Albert, Héctor Huerta, Rafael Puente, David Faitelson, Mario Carrillo, Felipe Ramos Rizo, Heriberto Murrieta, and Ángel García Toraño.
- Jorge Ramos y Su Banda
ESPN Deportes Radio's afternoon-drive football talk show, hosted by sport journalists Jorge Ramos and Hernán Pereyra.
A sports news and debate program similar to ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, devoted to the debate and discussion of Latino sports and sports stars. It is hosted by David Faitelson and José Ramón Fernández, and is typically broadcast Monday through Friday.
- Los Capitanes
A one-hour afternoon program focused on covering the highlights of the day in the world of sports.
- Béisbol Esta Noche
Structured in the form of ESPN's Baseball Tonight, it is the network's studio show covering all the news in the world of baseball. Some features are coverage of the day's baseball action, stories, special guests, and interviews. The show is hosted by Carolina Guillén with analysis from Candy Maldonado and Fernando Alvarez.
- Golpe a Golpe
A weekly live news and analysis program on boxing. Hosted by boxer Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge Eduardo Sánchez.
- Fuera de Juego
ESPN Deportes' international football program. It is focused primarily European football (national leagues, national cups, and UEFA competitions) and international football (World Cup and qualificatory World Cup matches). Regular hosts include Fernando Palomo, Richard Méndez, José Hernández and the ex-footballers Tato Noriega and Mario Kempes.
- NFL Semanal
A pre-game show to ESPN Deportes' coverage of Monday Night Football, hosted by Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega. The show also reviews NFL action from Sunday and features live reports.
- Nación ESPN
A show devoted to stories that are trending on social media, but aren't getting air time. Produced from ESPN's Los Angeles studio, Nación ESPN is the meeting place for sports and entertainment on ESPN Deportes. Each episode also features a sit-down interview with a high-profile Hispanic athlete or celebrity.
- ESPN Deportes E:60
The first prime-time newsmagazine sports program exclusively dedicated to this type of journalism on Spanish-language television. Modeled after E:60, ESPN’s Emmy-award winning newsmagazine, the program combines investigative reporting, in-depth profiles of intriguing sports personalities and features on emerging star athletes. It is anchored by a team of award-winning journalists, led by ESPN Deportes personalities Jorge Ramos, José Ramón Fernández and David Faitelson.
ESPN Deportes unveiled the following studio shows in the fall of 2012.
A new trend-driven show geared towards the Hispanic sports fan active on social media. This blend of sports and pop culture focuses on current topics and conversations trending in the social media space. It is hosted by veteran ESPN Deportes’ commentator Carolina Guillen, soccer analyst Barak Fever and newcomer Alfredo Lomeli.
- Raza Deportiva
The network’s first live morning show, Raza Deportiva joins hosts from three locales: legendary sportscaster David Faitelson and soccer expert Rafa Ramos in Los Angeles; Elmer Polanco and Omar Orlando Salazar in Miami; and Oscar Restrepo in Colombia.
- El Bar
A series of ten 30-minute specials. Set in different bars around the country and ESPN’s studios in Los Angeles, each episode will be hosted by an ESPN expert and feature two special guests: a sports personality and an entertainment star.
- Capitales del Fútbol A documentary series of some of the Football destinations in the world. With a strong focus on cinematography and an “in-person” feel, Capitales del Fútbol uses player interviews, testimony from journalists, coaches and fans to showcase the relationship between the cities and the classic derbies that identify them as football meccas.
- Born and Raised ESPNDeportes.com’s first original digital series. The shorts feature the world of sports through the eyes of Chuey Martinez, a quintessential Angelino and celebrated radio and DJ personality. Born and Raised focuses topics culturally relevant to young, bilingual Hispanic sports fans. In addition to ESPNDeportes.com, Born and Raised will also appear periodically on the front page of ESPN.com, and occasionally on the ESPN and ESPN2 television networks.
The following is a list of sporting events that ESPN Deportes provides regular coverage for:
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (Brazil)
- Eredivisie (The Netherlands)
- Supercopa de España (Spain)
- Spanish Copa Del Rey Final (Spain)
- UEFA Europa League
- Major League Soccer (USA)
The "Game of the Week" coverage is the same match selected for ESPN's coverage but provided with Spanish-language audio
- Liga MX
- Copa MX
- International friendlies
- 2014 FIFA World Cup (in Portuguese using ESPN Brasil feed)
- American football (NFL) (Solo los Lunes)
- Baseball (Caribbean Series, Major League Baseball)
- Basketball (NBA)
- Mixed Martial Arts (Jungle Fight Championship)
- Extreme sport (X Games)
- Tennis (Australian Open, French Open, US Open, Wimbledon)
ESPN Deportes Radio
Launched on October 5, 2005, ESPN Deportes Radio is the only 24-hour Spanish-language radio network serving the Hispanic sports fans in the United States. Since its launch, the radio network has grown to include 45 affiliates across the country, reaching close to 80% of the Hispanic population in the U.S. The station is also available via SIRIUS Satellite Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio iPhone and Android applications, and ESPNDeportesRadio.com.
In addition to the broadcast of live events, the radio network features sports news and information programming, including top-rated show Jorge Ramos y su Banda, which provides soccer analysis from sports journalists in the U.S.; Raza Deportiva, covering the latest sports information and news; ESPN al Despertar, the radio network’s morning drive talk show; and A los Golpes with news in the world of boxing.
Launched in September of 2000, ESPN Deportes.com covers more than 20 different sports with news, statistics, analysis and real-time scores. The website also features video and audio programming; fantasy games; live event webcasts; live chat with players, ESPN experts and other sports personalities;enterprise journalism; user-generated content features includes message boards and ‘conversations’, with fans able to post comments on selected news items and blogs.
ESPN Deportes Magazine
Launched in August 2005, ESPN Deportes La Revista is a monthly Spanish-language magazine distributed in association 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 editions of ESPN The Magazine. The Editorial section covers Major League Baseball, as well as winter baseball from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela; boxing; NFL; international soccer; auto racing; action sports; and more.
La Revista is also now available in digital format through Zinio.
ESPN Deportes + by ESPN3
The recently launched ESPN Deportes +, the Spanish-language version of ESPN3, is the company's online multi-screen sports platform. It will provide the most comprehensive offering of live sports in Spanish on a multi-screen network available on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox Live. The new platform is set to launch later this year. ESPN Deportes+ will become an extension of ESPN Deportes Television, offering additional, exclusive Spanish-language programming of over 200 sports events. ESPN Deportes+ will potentially reach approximately 7.7 million Hispanic households.
ESPN Deportes is available on some cable systems including Comcast, AT&T, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Brighthouse Networks, as well as on Dish Network and DirecTV. Cablevision offers the channel to its digital cable subscribers.