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World Cup 2010: More Than a Game

6/07/2010 01:23:00 AM Eastern

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Rights holders ESPN and Univision will have all the
action from whistle to whistle during the 2010 World Cup in
South Africa, to be held from June 11 to July 11. But other
networks will present programs documenting the world’s
biggest sporting event. Here is a look at highlights of
World Cup programming throughout the next month.

ESPN (rights holder)

GAME COVERAGE

ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will air all 64 matches
live and in high-defi nition. The ESPN3.com
broadband network will feature live Englishlanguage
simulcasts of matches on ESPN and
ESPN2. ESPN Mobile TV will also show all
matches. ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language
all-sports network, will air more than
50 matches in Portuguese live in the U.S., and
ESPN Radio will broadcast every game.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING

Studio coverage will include SportsCenter
segments, a nightly World Cup Live program,
and pre-match, halftime and postmatch
shows. Additional studio programming
and World Cup-branded segments,
totaling more than 65 hours of coverage,
will originate from two sets in and around
Johannesburg.

MATCH RE-AIRS

ESPN Classic will re-air all
64 matches. Each match
day, between at 6 p.m. and
midnight ET, the network
will present all matches
played earlier that day.
ESPN and ESPN2 will air
the day’s best contest on
select nights throughout
the tournament.

UNIVISION
(rights holder)

GAME COVERAGE

Univision will broadcast
all of the event’s 64
matches across platforms
including Univision,
TeleFutura, Galavisión,
WorldCup: 2010 Special
Univision.com, Univision
Móvil and Univision On
Demand. Univision.com
will also have live streaming
at futbol.univision.com.
The network will air pregame
shows before every
match.

ADDITIONAL
PROGRAMMING

Univision and TeleFutura
programs, including Despierta
América, El Gordo
y la Flaca, Primer Impacto,
República Deportiva
and
Contacto Deportivo, will
feature special World Cup
editions.

NEWS PROGRAMMING

Univision’s newscasts,
including Noticiero Univision,
Aquí y Ahora and
Noticiero Univision: Última
Hora
, will be on location.
All of Univision
Television Group’s local
stations will also provide
extensive coverage of the
World Cup in their afternoon
and late-night news
programs.

FOX SOCCER
CHANNEL

Ticket to South Africa:

A one-hour studio
show every day with recaps
plus reports from
Fox Soccer Channel’s
correspondents in South Africa. Talent includes Andy Gray, Christopher
Sullivan, Warren Barton and host Richard
Keys.

Passport to South Africa: A nine-episode
series focusing on the 32 nations competing this
June and July. Talent includes Sullivan, Barton
and Bobby McMahon.


Road to Glory vignettes:
A series of
64 fast-paced, one-minute looks at the players,
coaches and nations vying for soccer’s
top prize; sponsored by
Gillette.

FOX SPORTS
EN ESPAÑOL

Fox Sports Central:

Beginning June 7, a daily
12-hour live feed out
of South Africa, from 8
a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, will
pay particular attention
to the teams from Mexico,
the U.S., Brazil and
Argentina.

Cara a Cara en Directo:
This daily program,
hosted by Raul
Orvañanos, will bring all
the action of the World
Cup from South Africa
with a Mexican focus.
Orvañanos and company will follow the Mexican
team, dissecting the games, formations
and squad.

Debate Final: Fernando Niembro from Argentina,
Mexico native Orvañanos and Chile’s
Luis Omar Tapia analyze the daily action.

GOLTV

The Sacred Game:
This six-episode series
features international soccer legend and
GolTV CEO Enzo Francescoli interviewing
the top soccer stars of today and the past
about the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The all-star lineup includes Lionel Messi and
Zinedine Zidane.


GolTV News: 2010 Report:
This nightly
telecast follows each day of World Cup action;
it includes a full hour of news and analysis from
GolTV’s team, plus highlights and daily recap
reports from South Africa.

The Big Draws

Much like March Madness, no one knows which minnows will take out the whales and which favorites will fall by the wayside, but the first round of the World Cup promises to have some major ratings draws. More.

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