ESPN Brasil

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ESPN Brasil
ESPN Brasil logo.svg
Broadcast areaBrazil
SloganESPN e Fox Sports Juntos na Torcida
("ESPN and Fox Sports Together in the Match")
HeadquartersSão Paulo, São Paulo
Picture format720p (16:9 HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTV sets)
OwnerESPN Inc.
(The Walt Disney Company 80%, Hearst Communications 20%)
March 31, 1989
ESPN Brasil:
June 17, 1995
April 29, 2009
ESPN Extra:
March 24, 2016
Former namesESPN:
Canal+ (1989-1991)
TVA Esportes (1991-1995)
ESPN HD (2009-2012)
ESPN+ (2012-2018)
Claro TVChannel 70 (Brasil SD)
Channel 71 (SD)
Channel 72 (2 SD)
Channel 569 (Extra HD)
Channel 570 (Brasil HD)
Channel 571 (HD)
Channel 572 (2 HD)
SKYChannel 197 (SD)
Channel 198 (Brasil SD)
Channel 597 (HD)
Channel 598 (Brasil HD)
Channel 599 (2 HD)
Channel 600 (Extra HD)
Claro TVChannel 70 (Brasil SD)
Channel 71 (SD)
Channel 72 (2 SD)
Channel 570 (Brasil HD)
Channel 571 (HD)
Channel 572 (2 HD)
Oi TVChannel 160 (Brasil HD)
Channel 161 (HD)
Channel 162 (2 HD)
Channel 166 (Extra HD)
Vivo TVChannel 569 (Extra HD)
Channel 571 (HD)
Channel 570 (Brasil HD)
Channel 572 (2 HD)
Vivo TVChannel 569 (Extra HD)
Channel 570 (Brasil HD)
Channel 571 (HD)
Channel 572 (2 HD)
Oi TVChannel 160 (Brasil HD)
Channel 161 (HD)
Channel 162 (2 HD)
Channel 166 (Extra HD)
Streaming media

ESPN (Brasil) is the Brazilian division of ESPN Inc., launched in March 1989. ESPN Brasil was the first country-specific version of ESPN outside the United States, launched in June 1995. The channel has covered major sporting events, like the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2016 Summer Olympics; the 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Pan-American Games. High ratings and prestige in the segment have been marks of the channel; it also won the APCA award twice, in 1995 for "Best Sports Programming" and in 1998 for "Best Coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup".

Despite having a team that's regarded as one of the best in Brazilian sports broadcasting and important broadcasting rights for international competitions like La Liga, Premier League and the Bundesliga, major local series rights have historically not been present; the Campeonato Brasileiro, Copa do Brasil and the states' championships are held by local Grupo Globo and SporTV. ESPN, however, has purchased the rights to broadcast the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of the Copa do Brasil for TV and Campeonato Paulista, Copa Libertadores de América, Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and Copa Sudamericana for radio.

Brasil made a partnership with Rádio Eldorado[clarification needed] to broadcast sports on radio. The new Rádio Eldorado ESPN used Eldorado's radio assets and the team of commentators from ESPN Brasil. It was renamed Rádio Estadão ESPN in 2007 due to a partnership agreement with the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper.[1]

In 2005 the company incorporated ESPN International coverage, starting to broadcast in two channels. Before this date, programs such as the SportsCenter International Edition, MLB and the NFL were transmitted directly from Bristol, Connecticut, with Portuguese audio from Andre Adler, Marco Alfaro, Sergio Cesario, Roby Porto, José Inácio Werneck, and Roberto Figueroa. Since 2005, shows and games are recorded and broadcast from its studios in São Paulo, though morning schedules continue to include USA and Latin American programs.

Prior to May 2011, programs produced by ESPN Brasil generally did not use in-game score graphics, though international programs had them. Beginning that month, ESPN Brasil began using the same score and other graphics used by the US channel.

In March, the ESPN'S network in Brazil started with the broadcast 100% in HD with sports events and original programs. This is the same practice of ESPN in USA. The four channels of ESPN in Brazil is broadcast fully in HD.

In October 2013, ESPN launched a second screen app, ESPN Sync, to connect to broadcasts of football matches.[2][3]

On May 6, 2020 Brazil's antitrust regulator CADE announced that ESPN and Fox Sports Brazil would merge on January 1, 2022 due to Fox Sports' broadcast rights and structure in the country with ESPN taking over broadcast rights and structure after the merger. [4]

ESPN channels in Brazil[edit]

Four separate channels of ESPN exist in Brazil:[5]

  • ESPN Brasil, the main channel, more football orientated with live debate, news, interviews and major international football games.
  • ESPN, focused in US-based competitions (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL), tennis and international football. Also featured recorded programming like ESPN Films productions, Brazilian original productions and sports-related movies and series produced by Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Studios.[6]
  • ESPN 2, focused in international football, e-sports, US-based competitions, surf, rugby, cycling and poker.
  • ESPN Extra, focused in e-sports, extreme sports and X Games.

ESPN Brasil significant programming rights[edit]

(Considering events broadcast by ESPN, ESPN Brasil, ESPN 2 and ESPN Extra)


Action Sports[edit]




College Sports[edit]






Gridiron Football[edit]


Horse Racing[edit]

Ice Hockey[edit]


Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Motor Sports[edit]

Multi-Sport Events[edit]


Rugby Union[edit]





Programs broadcast by ESPN Brasil[edit]

  • Arena eSports
  • ATP World Tour Semanal
  • BB Debate
  • Bola da Vez
  • Cestou ESPN
  • ESPN Filmes
  • ESPN League
  • F1: The Inside Line
  • Futebol na Veia
  • Futebol no Mundo
  • Linha de Passe
  • Momento ESPN
  • Mundo Premier League
  • NBA Action
  • Prévia do Campeonato Espanhol
  • Resenha ESPN
  • Show da Rodada do Campeonato Espanhol
  • SportsCenter
  • SportsCenter Abre o Jogo

ESPN Brasil Staff[edit]

  • Airton Cunha - Tennis commentator
  • Alex Tseng - "Futebol no Mundo" host
  • André Kfouri - Reporter; "ESPN League" and "SportsCenter" host
  • André Linares - Reporter
  • André Plihal - "Resenha ESPN" and "Bola da Vez" host
  • Antero Greco - Soccer commentator and "SportsCenter" host
  • Antonio Martoni - Rugby commentator
  • Antony Curti - NFL, College Football and College Basketball commentator
  • Ari Aguiar - Play-by-play announcer
  • Bibiana Bolson - Reporter
  • Bruno Vicari - "BB Debate" host
  • Celso Unzelte - soccer commentator
  • Cícero Mello - Reporter
  • Cledi Oliveira - Play-by-play announcer
  • Djalminha - soccer commentator
  • Eduardo Afonso - Reporter
  • Eduardo Agra - NBA and College Basketball commentator
  • Eduardo de Menezes - Reporter
  • Fábio Luciano - soccer commentator
  • Fernando Nardini - Play-by-play announcer and "SportsCenter" co-host
  • Flávio Ortega - Reporter
  • Gian Oddi - Soccer commentator
  • Gustavo Hofman - "SportsCenter" host and Soccer commentator
  • Gláucia Santiago - "SportsCenter" host
  • João Castelo Branco - Reporter
  • Jorge Nicola - Soccer commentator and "SportsCenter" co-host
  • José Renato Ambrósio - Reporter
  • José Roberto Lux "Zé Boquinha" - NBA and College Basketball commentator
  • Léo Bertozzi - Soccer commentator
  • Luciana Marianno - Play-by-play announcer
  • Luciano Amaral - "SportsCenter" host; E-Sports host
  • Luciano "KDRA" Lancelotti - Action sports commentator
  • Luiz Carlos Largo - Play-by-play announcer
  • Marcela Rafael - "SportsCenter" host
  • Mario Marra - soccer commentator
  • Mendel Bydlowski - Reporter
  • Natalie Gedra - Reporter
  • Paulo Andrade - Play-by-play announcer; "Linha de Passe" and "Futebol no Mundo" host
  • Paulo Antunes - NFL and MLB commentator; "ESPN Legaue" co-host
  • Paulo Calçade - Soccer commentator
  • Paulo Mancha - NFL and College Football commentator
  • Paulo Soares - Play-by-play announcer and "SportsCenter" co-host
  • Pedro Henrique Torre - Reporter
  • Petar Neto - E-Sports host
  • Rafael Reis - Reporter
  • Renan do Couto - Play-by-play announcer
  • Renan Rocha - Play-by-play announcer
  • Renata Ruel - referee commentator
  • Ricardo Bulgarelli - NBA commentator
  • Ricardo Melo - Golf commentator
  • Rogério Vaughan - Play-by-play announcer
  • Rômulo Mendonça - Play-by-play announcer and "ESPN League" co-host
  • Rubens Pozzi - Reporter and Sportscenter co-host
  • Silas Pereira - soccer commentator
  • Thiago Simões - Soccer and NHL commentator
  • Ubiratan Leal - Soccer and MLB commentator
  • Victor Martins - Motorsport commentator
  • Weinny Eirado - NFL, MLB and College Football commentator
  • William Tavares - "Futebol na Veia" host; play-by-play announcer and "Linha de Passe" co-host
  • Wlamir Marques - FIBA Basketball commentator
  • Zé Elias - soccer commentator

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in Portuguese)Estadão, Quem Somos,
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-19. Retrieved 2014-01-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ (in Portuguese) "ESPN App é atualizado com a integração do WatchESPN". ESPN Press Room Brasil. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  6. ^ (in Portuguese) "'El César' marca estreia da programação especial ESPN Cine&Series". ESPN Press Room Brasil. Retrieved 2020-06-05.

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