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ESPN Deportes

ESPN Deportes
Launched January 2004 (2004-01)
Owned by ESPN Inc.
(The Walt Disney Company (80%), Hearst Corporation (20%))
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to center cut 480i for SDTV sets)
Country United States
Language Spanish
Broadcast area United States
Headquarters Bristol, Connecticut
Coral Gables, Florida,
Los Angeles, California
Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico
Website .comespndeportes
DirecTV 466 (HD/SD)
1432 (VOD)
Dish Network 854 (SD)
Available on most U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
Available on most Mexican cable systems Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
AT&T U-verse 3313 (HD)
3113 (SD)
Verizon FiOS 1537 (HD)
1520 (SD)

ESPN Deportes (Spanish pronunciation: , ESPN Sports) is an American Spanish language digital cable and satellite sports television channel that is owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between the Disney–ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company (which owns a controlling 80% stake) and the Hearst Corporation (which owns the remaining 20%). The network is aimed primarily at Hispanic population in the United States. The channel broadcasts from studio facilities at ESPN's traditional bases of operations in Los Angeles, Coral Gables, Florida and Bristol, Connecticut, along with their Mexican base in the Mexico City suburb of Tlalnepantla de Baz.

ESPN Deportes is available on most cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Cablevision, AT&T, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Dish Network and DirecTV. According to Nielsen, ESPN Deportes is available to at least 5.5 million Hispanic households in the United States through a programming package that includes the channel. Conversely, ESPN does not maintain second audio program audio feeds on any of their English-language channels in the United States (except for ABC's SAP Spanish coverage for the NBA Finals), allowing full exclusivity to ESPN Deportes for the Spanish rights to their properties.

There is a possibility of ESPN launch a Brazilian Portuguese language network aimed primarily at the Brazilian population in the United States somewhere in the future, mainly after ESPN broadcast the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Portuguese, using the commentary from ESPN Brasil.


  • History 1
    • Personalities 1.1
  • Programming 2
    • Current programming 2.1
      • Studio programs 2.1.1
      • Sporting events 2.1.2
  • ESPN Deportes Radio 3


ESPN Deportes launched as an alternate Spanish-language programming feed in July 2001, when ESPN and Major League Baseball began offering Spanish-language telecasts of the Home Run Derby and select Sunday Night Baseball game telecasts. By 2003, this simulcast was expanded to all Sunday Night Baseball and Sunday Night Football game broadcasts, as well as boxing.

ESPN Deportes became a separate 24-hour sports cable channel in January 2004. In 2007, ESPN Deportes began producing a daily English language segment featured during the overnight editions of its American parent network's SportsCenter program, hosted by Michele LaFountain and several other personalities. ESPN Deportes launched a 720p high definition simulcast feed in April 2011, though as many American Spanish-language cable network packages remain with the majority of networks in standard definition, ESPN Deportes maintains their "BottomLine" news ticker in a form designed for 4:3 sets, matching the form seen on ESPN Classic and ESPN on ABC broadcasts.



Current programming

Studio programs

  • SportsCenter – Based on the format of the flagship U.S. program, it is an hour-long program featuring the day's scores and highlights from major sporting events, along with commentary, analysis, previews and feature stories. The ESPN Deportes version focuses mostly on culturally relevant sports news and stories, and offers in-depth analysis and highlights aimed at Hispanic viewers.
  • David Faitelson.
  • Jorge Ramos y Su Banda – ESPN Deportes Radio's afternoon-drive football talk show, hosted by sport journalists Coral Gables, Florida.
  • Cronómetro – A weekdaily news program featuring discussion and debates on Latino sports and sports stars; it is hosted by David Faitelson and José Ramón Fernández, with Eduardo Varela, Alvaro Morales and Tony Cherchi serving as contributors. The program is based on the format of Pardon the Interruption.
  • Los Capitanes – An hour-long afternoon sports highlight program, co-hosted by Jose Ramon Fernandez, Rafael Puente and Luis Roberto Alves; Hector Huerta and Alejandro de la Rosa and other analysts serve as contributors.
  • ESPN Futbol Center – A short-form football-focused program (including coverage of leagues such as Liga MX, Bundesliga and the Premier League); airing Saturdays and Sundays, it is hosted by Ricardo Puig and Francisco Gabriel de Anda with Rafael Puente, Jr., Antonio Valle and various analysts from ESPN studios in Miami and Bristol.
  • Béisbol Esta Noche – Formatted similarly to ESPN's Baseball Tonight, it covers baseball news and highlights, along with special guests and interviews; it is hosted by Carolina Guillén, with Candy Maldonado and Fernando Alvarez providing analysis.
  • Golpe a Golpe – A weekly live boxing news and analysis program, hosted by boxer Juan Manuel Márquez and Jorge Eduardo Sánchez.
  • A los Golpes – A boxing news and analysis program produced in ESPN's Los Angeles studios, hosted by former boxer Julio César Chávez, David Faitelson, and Bernardo Osuna. The program airs each Monday.
  • Fuera de Juego – ESPN Deportes' international football program, which focuses primarily on European football (national leagues, national cups and UEFA competitions) and international football (World Cup and World Cup qualifying matches). Regular hosts include Fernando Palomo, Richard Méndez, Manu Martin, Barak Fever and ex-footballers José Antonio Noriega and Mario Kempes.
  • NFL Esta Noche – An Nación ESPN – 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. The program is based on the format of SportsNation and is hosted by David Faitelson, Mauricio Pedroza and Rosy Martell.
  • ESPN Deportes E:60 – A prime time newsmagazine based on ESPN's E:60 and the first prime-time sports-magazine program on Spanish-language television, mixing investigative reporting, in-depth profiles of notable sports personalities and features on emerging athletes. The program is anchored by Jorge Ramos, José Ramón Fernández and David Faitelson.
  • #Redes (2012–present) – A sports and pop culture program focusing on trending topics and conversations, aimed at Hispanic sports fans active on social media. It is hosted by Carolina Guillen, Rosana Franco, Poncho Vera, Alfredo Lomeli and occasionally Barak Fever and Alba Galindo.
  • Raza Deportiva (2012–present) – The network's first live morning show, featuring hosts based in different locations; it is hosted by sportscaster David Faitelson and soccer expert Rafa Ramos (based in Los Angeles); Leo Vega and Omar Orlando Salazar (based in Miami); Rosana Franco (based in Bristol, Connecticut); and Oscar Restrepo (based in Colombia).
  • Capitales del Fútbol (2012–present) – A documentary series centering on international football destinations, featuring player interviews, and testimony from journalists, coaches and fans to showcase the relationship between the cities and the tournaments that identify them as football meccas.

Sporting events

Association Football

ESPN Deportes Radio

ESPN Deportes Radio launched on October 5, 2005, as the only 24-hour Spanish-language radio network aimed at U.S. Hispanic sports fans. Since its launch, the radio network has grown to include 45 affiliates nationwide, reaching close to 80% of the

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