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ESPN4
CountryBrazil
NetworkESPN International
HeadquartersSão Paulo
Programming
Language(s)Portuguese
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(downgraded to 16:9 480i for the SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company Latin America
Disney Branded Television
(Disney International Operations)
History
LaunchedESPN4:
February 5, 2012
ESPN5:
January 24, 2014
ReplacedSpeed
Former namesFox Sports (2012–2022)
Fox Sports 2 (2014–2024)
Links
Websitewww.espn.com.br

ESPN4 is a Brazilian sports channel that was launched on 5 February 2012 as Fox Sports, replacing the Brazilian variant of Speed. A second channel, Fox Sports 2 was launched on 24 January 2014, which continues to use the Fox Sports name temporarily due to contractual obligations. On May 6, 2020 Brazil's antitrust regulator CADE announced that Fox Sports and ESPN Brasil could merge as part of the 21st Century Fox merger with Disney, with it remaining as-is until January 1, 2022 due to its broadcast rights and overall structure.[1]

Fox Sports main channel was rebranded as ESPN4 in Brazil on 17 January 2022, becoming the fourth network among those of the domestic version of ESPN. Fox Sports 2 remained on-air in Brazil under that name until February 15, 2024 and was renamed ESPN5, due to contractual language with CONMEBOL regarding its coverage of the 2022 Copa Libertadores and the retirement of Fox Sports' brand in Latin America (including Brazil).[2][3]

Programming rights[edit]

Football[edit]

American Football[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Boxing[edit]

  • ESPN Knockout

Motorsports[edit]

Professional wrestling[edit]

Programs broadcast by ESPN4 in Brazil[edit]

  • Além da Bola
  • Bola da Vez
  • Especial Libertadores
  • ESPN FC
  • La Liga World
  • Momento ESPN
  • Mundo Premier League
  • Resenha
  • Show da Rodada: La Liga
  • Show da Rodada: Ligue 1
  • Show da Rodada: Premier League
  • Show da Rodada: Bola da Asia
  • SportsCenter Abre o Jogo
  • UEFA Europa League Highlights
  • UEFA Europa & Conference League Magazine
  • UEFA Nations League: Match Day Highlights
  • UEFA Nations League: Match Night Highlights
  • The Inside Line

Staff[edit]

Play-by-play[edit]

  • Camilla Garcia (soccer and Basketball)
  • Cledi Oliveira (Soccer)
  • Eliane Trevisan (Soccer and Tennis)
  • Hamilton Rodrigues (Soccer, Tennis and MotoGP)
  • Luciana Marianno (Soccer)
  • Marco Alfaro (WWE)
  • Matheus Pinheiro (Soccer and NFL)
  • Matheus Suman (Basketball)
  • Renan do Couto (Motorsports, Soccer and NFL)
  • Rogério Vaughan (Soccer)
  • Thiago Alves (Motorsports and MLB)

Color commentators[edit]

  • Carlos Eugênio Simon (Soccer)
  • Christian Fittipaldi (IndyCar Series)
  • Edgard Mello Filho (Motorsports)
  • Eugênio Leal (Soccer)
  • Fausto Macieira (MotoGP)
  • Gian Oddi (Soccer)
  • Gustavo Zupak (Soccer)
  • Juliana Tesser (MotoGP)
  • Livio Reis (WWE)
  • Mauro Naves (Soccer)
  • Mário Filho (MMA)
  • Mário Marra (Soccer)
  • Osvaldo Pascoal (Soccer)
  • Paulo Godinho (Boxe)
  • Rafael Marques (Soccer)
  • Raphael Prates (Soccer)
  • Renata Ruel (Soccer)
  • Renato Rodrigues (Soccer)
  • Roberto Figueroa (WWE)
  • Rodrigo Bueno (Soccer)
  • Thiago Alves (Motorsports)
  • Victor Martins (Motorsports)
  • Ubiratan Leal (Soccer, MLB and NFL)
  • Zinho (Soccer)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cade aprova fusão entre Disney e Fox, e ESPN poderá transmitir Libertadores".
  2. ^ "Exclusivo! Fox Sports ganha data para virar ESPN no Brasil".
  3. ^ Amaya, Hernán (2023-11-15). "Latinoamérica: Disney crea Espn 5, Espn 6 y Espn 7 para abandonar definitivamente la marca Fox Sports en la región". TAVI (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2024-02-09.

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