MIAMI — U.S. Spanish-lingo sports net ESPN Deportes kicked off coverage yesterday of the second leg of the knockout stage of the Uefa champions league, as European clubs compete for a place in the quarterfinals of the soccer tourney.
ESPN Deportes has exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to all remaining Uefa Champions League matches; it has already aired about 50 Uefa league games this season, with an additional 20 or so ahead, including the finals.
A number have aired or will be broadcast live from Europe. ESPN Deportes sister U.S. net ESPN2 has aired a number of the Uefa matches live.
Both nets will air the May 25 final live, on ESPN Deportes in Spanish and on ESPN2 in English.
ESPN also secured rights to the Uefa champions league matches for Latin America.
The Latam networks — the panregional ESPN, ESPN Dos (Mexico and Central America), ESPN Brasil and ESPN+ (southern cone) — have been airing some 160 hours of league matches each season, with ESPN able to leverage the Spanish-language coverage to use on all its Spanish-lingo nets throughout North and South America.
ESPN Deportes started out as a programming block and expanded to a 24-hour network 14 months ago..
Thanks to carriage deals with Adelphia, Cablevision, Charter, Cox and other cablers, the Spanish-lingo network reaches approximately 1 million Hispanic homes in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.