ESPN secures Spanish soccer

Cabler takes exclusive rights to 2004-06 seasons

MIAMI — ESPN has reached a new multiyear agreement for rights to the Spanish Soccer League throughout Latin America and the Pacific Rim.

ESPN has broadcast Spanish soccer matches in Latin America since 1998; pact extends those rights through the 2005-06 season. As part of the deal, it acquired rights to the Copa del Rey soccer tourney for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.

ESPN will have exclusive cable and satellite rights to Spanish soccer for up to eight matches per round for the remainder of this season. During the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, ESPN will have exclusive cable and satellite rights to all matches each round.

ESPN plans to air the Spanish soccer matches live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Plus and ESPN Brasil, as well as on its network that serves Australia and New Zealand.

On Monday, the sports programmer bows a studio show for Latin America. “Goles de Espana,” hosted by ESPN vet commentator Luis Omar Tapia, will feature analysis and match highlights from Spain’s La Liga.

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