ESPN Deportes

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ESPN Deportes
Espn deportes.svg
Launched 2004
Owned by ESPN Inc. (The Walt Disney Company (80%), Hearst Corporation (20%))
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to center cut 480i for SDTVs)
Country United States
Language English, Spanish & Portuguese
Headquarters Bristol, Connecticut, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico
DirecTV 432 (HD/SD)
1432 (VOD)
Dish Network 854 (SD only)
Available on most cable systems Check local listings
Verizon Fios 1537 (HD)
1520 (SD)
Streaming media
AT&T U-Verse 3313 (HD)
3113 (SD)

ESPN Deportes (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈen deˈportes], ESPN Sports) is a Spanish-language sports channel for Hispanic population in the United States. The channel broadcasts from studio facilities at ESPN's traditional bases of operations in Los Angeles and Bristol, Connecticut, along with their Mexican base in the Mexico City suburb of Tlalnepantla de Baz.


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 launched in January 2004 as a 24-hour sports channel. ESPN Deportes started transmitting in High Definition in April 2011.

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.

Studio programs

  • SportsCenter
    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 soccer players Roberto Gomez Junco and Luis Roberto Alves "Zague"; some of the regular commentators on the program include Ciro Procuna, Héctor Huerta, John Sutcliffle, Rafael Puente, Felipe Ramos Rizo, Heriberto Murrieta, Ángel García Toraño, and sometimes Jared Borgetti, Ricardo La Volpe 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.
  • Cronómetro
    A news program and similar to forgiveness, ESPN sports discussion, interruption, dedicated to the debate and discussion of Latino sports and sports stars. It is received by David Faitelson and José Ramón Fernández, and usually airs Monday through Friday. Also collaborating Eduardo Varela, Alvaro Morales and Tony Cherchi.
  • Los Capitanes
    An afternoon program focused an hour to cover the highlights of the day in the sports world. It is co-hosted by Spanish-Language television's sportscasters Jose Ramon Fernandez together with former players Rafael Puente and Luis Roberto Alves besides Hector Huerta and Alejandro de la Rosa.
  • Futbol Center
    A short program about the whole football world, including the Liga MX, Bundesliga, Premier League, etc. It is hosted by Ricardo Puig and Paco Gabriel de Anda; issued on Saturday and Sunday.
  • 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 on 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, Manu Martin and the ex-footballers Tato Noriega and Mario Kempes.
  • NFL Esta Noche
    A pre-game show to ESPN Deportes' coverage of Monday Night Football, hosted by Georgina Ruiz Sandoval, Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega. The show also reviews NFL action from Sunday and features live reports.
  • NFL Esta Noche
    A program of analysis of the NFL, organized by Ciro Procuna, Javier Trejo Garay, Raul Allegre, Mauricio Pedroza and occasionally as special guests: Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and John Sutcliffle. The action also reviews NFL Sunday and the upcoming week.
  • 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.

  • #Redes
    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’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, Born and Raised will also appear periodically on the front page of, and occasionally on the ESPN and ESPN2 television networks.

Sporting events[edit]


ESPN Deportes Radio[edit]

Main article: 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

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.

ESPN also has 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)


Main article: ESPN

Launched in September of 2000, ESPN 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. The website is aimed at readers from Latin American countries as well.

ESPN Deportes Magazine[edit]

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[edit]

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.



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