January 30, 2013
ESPN to carry Mexico games in English
BRISTOL, Conn---ESPN has worked out an arrangement with Univision to carry Mexican National Team games in English.
The agreement grants ESPN’s English-language networks and digital platforms the media rights to Mexico’s home FIFA World Cup qualifying matches and international friendlies. The English-language coverage will complement Univision’s Spanish-language coverage of the Mexican Team on broadcast, cable and interactive platforms.
As part of the agreement, Univision Deportes and ESPN have secured the U.S. media rights to all of Mexico’s home matches, both qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and international friendlies, in Spanish and English respectively. The alliance will also allow Univision Deportes and ESPN to collaborate on special content focused on the Mexican National Team.
The series of 20 matches will begin Wed., Jan. 30, with an international friendly in Phoenix, Arizona, vs. Denmark at 10 p.m. ET (in Spanish on UniMás/Univision Deportes Network and English on ESPN2/WatchESPN), and conclude with the team’s last match before the 2014 World Cup.
Univision Deportes and ESPN will also televise the much-anticipated Mexico vs. USA match in Mexico City on Tuesday, March 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET – the first leg of a home and away matches between the two rivals in the Hexagonal Round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying series for CONCACAF.
Univision Deportes will continue to broadcast Mexican National Team matches in Spanish across Univision Network, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network with additional content on its digital and social platforms. Matches will be preceded by live editions of “Futbol Central” (Soccer Central). ESPN will have access to match highlights across ESPN studio programs such as SportsCenter, ESPN FC Press Pass, First Take, SportsNation, Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption, and ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning (simulcast on ESPN2). Univision Deportes and ESPN will also each have a reporter pitch-side access during select El Tri matches.
Univision Deportes and ESPN will follow the Mexican team as it seeks to qualify for Brazil 2014 – capturing the arc of El Tri’s “Road to Brazil 2014” narrative – as well as its preparatory matches for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and, if it qualifies, the 2014 World Cup.
2013 El Tri on Univision Deportes (in Spanish on Univision Network and UniMás) and on ESPN (English):
Date Time Matchup Location Competition
Jan 30 10 p.m. México vs. Denmark Phoenix, Ariz. FMF Tour
Feb 6 9:30 p.m. México vs. Jamaica Mexico City World Cup Qualifier
March 26 TBD México vs. USA Mexico City World Cup Qualifier
April 17 TBD México vs. TBD TBD (U.S.) FMF Tour
June 11 TBD México vs. Costa Rica Mexico City World Cup Qualifier
June 16 3 p.m. México vs. Italy Rio de Janeiro Confederations Cup
June 19 3 p.m. Brazil vs. México Fortaleza Confederations Cup
June 22 3 p.m. Japan vs. México Belo Horizonte Confederations Cup
Sept 6 TBD México vs. Honduras Mexico City World Cup Qualifier
Sept 10 TBD USA vs. México TBD World Cup Qualifier
Oct 11 TBD México vs. Panamá Mexico City World Cup Qualifier
In addition to the Mexican National Team, Univision Deportes and ESPN already hold the media rights, in Spanish and English, respectively, to the U.S. National Team as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.