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ESPN Brasil

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Country  Brazil
Language  Portuguese
ESPN Brasil httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
Launched  ESPN: March 31, 1989 ESPN Brasil: June 17, 1995 ESPN+: April 29, 2009 ESPN Extra: March 24, 2016
Owned by  ESPN Inc. (The Walt Disney Company 80%, Hearst Corporation 20%)
Picture format  720p (16:9 HDTV) (HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTV sets)
Slogan  #TudoPeloEsporte ("#EverythingForTheSports")

ESPN Brasil is a Brazilian cable television network, launched in March 1989. ESPN Brasil was the first country-specific version of ESPN outside the United States, launched in June 1995. The channel has covered major sporting events, like the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics; the 1998 and 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Pan-American Games. High ratings and prestige in the segment have been marks of the channel; it also won the APCA award twice, in 1995 for "Best Sports Programming" and in 1998 for "Best Coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup".


Despite having a team that's regarded as one of the best in Brazilian sports broadcasting and important broadcasting rights for international competitions like La Liga, Premier League and the Bundesliga, major local series rights have historically not been present; the Campeonato Brasileiro, Copa do Brasil and the states' championships are held by local Organizações Globo and SporTV. ESPN, however, has purchased the rights to broadcast the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of the Copa do Brasil for TV and Campeonato Paulista, Copa Libertadores de América, Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and Copa Sudamericana for radio.

Recently ESPN Brasil made a partnership with Rádio Eldorado to broadcast sports on radio. The new Rádio Eldorado ESPN used Eldorado's radio assets and the team of commentators from ESPN Brasil. It was renamed Rádio Estadão ESPN in 2007 due to a partnership agreement with the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper.

In 2005 the company incorporated ESPN International coverage, starting to broadcast in two channels. Before this date, programs such as the SportsCenter International Edition, MLB and the NFL were transmitted directly from Bristol, Connecticut, with Portuguese audio from Andre Adler, Marco Alfaro, Sergio Cesario, Roby Porto, José Inácio Werneck, and Roberto Figueroa. Since 2005, shows and games are recorded and broadcast from its studios in São Paulo, though morning schedules continue to include USA and Latin American programs.

Prior to May 2011, programs produced by ESPN Brasil generally did not use in-game score graphics, though international programs had them. Beginning that month, ESPN Brasil began using the same score and other graphics used by the US channel.

In November 2011, 1 month to start the FIFA Club World Cup, the ESPN lost broadcast rights in Brazil with problem in broadcasts. The rights stay now with BandSports.

The Fox Sports is coming to Brazil, and tried the rights of UEFA Champions League from ESPN without success. After tried take rights of Barclays Premier League and of Bundesliga. Without success, the target now is the narrator Gustavo Villani. Negotiation with him is in progress.

In February, The Fox Sports Brazil contracted Rodrigo Bueno, ex-ESPN commantator.

In March, the ESPN'S network in Brazil started with the broadcast 100% in HD with sports events and original programs. This is the same practice of ESPN in USA. The three channels of ESPN in Brazil is broadcast fully in HD.

In October 2013, ESPN launched a second screen app, ESPN Sync, to connect to broadcasts of football matches.

ESPN channels in Brazil

Six separate channels of ESPN exist in Brazil:

  • ESPN Brasil, the main channel, more football orientated with live debate, news and interviews.
  • ESPN, focused in international football, US-based competitions (NBA, NFL, MLB) and other sports such as rugby, tennis and golf. Also featured recorded programming like ESPN Films productions and Brazilian original productions.
  • ESPN+, focused in international football, US-based competitions and extreme sports. Formerly called ESPN HD.
  • ESPN Extra
  • ESPNU (available in Watch ESPN only)
  • SEC Network (available in Watch ESPN only)
  • ESPN Brasil significant programming rights

    (Considering events broadcast by ESPN, ESPN Brasil and ESPN+)


  • FIFA World Cup
  • UEFA Europa League
  • Premier League
  • La Liga
  • Serie A
  • Bundesliga
  • Ligue 1
  • Eredivisie
  • Copa del Rey
  • Supercopa de España
  • FA Cup
  • FA Community Shield
  • Football League Cup
  • Football League Championship
  • Coppa Italia
  • Italian Super Cup
  • German Cup
  • German Super Cup
  • Turkish Cup
  • FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
  • UEFA European Championship qualifying
  • Copa do Brasil Sub-20
  • Copa do Brasil Sub-17
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Sub-20
  • Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior
  • FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)
  • FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)
  • Major League Soccer
  • Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
  • Liga MX (Atlas and Santos Home Matches)
  • Copa Mexico
  • Copa Argentina
  • Toulon Tournament
  • Emirates Cup
  • The Best FIFA Football Awards
  • Action Sports

  • X Games
  • Baseball

  • Major League Baseball
  • World Baseball Classic
  • Little League World Series
  • College World Series
  • Basketball

  • NBA
  • WNBA
  • FIBA World Championship
  • FIBA World Championship for Women
  • FIBA Under-19 World Championship
  • FIBA Americas Championship
  • FIBA Americas Women's Championship
  • EuroBasket
  • EuroBasket Women
  • College Basketball
  • NBA Summer League
  • The Basketball Tournament
  • South American Basketball Championship
  • South American Basketball Championship for Women
  • Bike Sports

  • UCI BMX World Championships
  • UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
  • UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships
  • Boxing

  • Premier Boxing Champions
  • College Sports

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association events
  • Cricket

  • ICC World Twenty20 (Only on Watch ESPN)
  • Regional Super50 (Only on Watch ESPN)
  • Cycling

  • Tour de France
  • Giro d'Italia
  • Vuelta a España
  • Abu Dhabi Tour
  • Tirreno-Adriatico
  • Tour de Romandie
  • Tour de Suisse
  • Giro del Trentino
  • Tour des Fjords
  • Dubai Tour
  • Milan–San Remo
  • Tour of Flanders
  • Paris–Roubaix
  • Liège–Bastogne–Liège
  • Giro di Lombardia
  • Amstel Gold Race
  • La Flèche Wallonne
  • Strade Bianche
  • Scheldeprijs
  • Brabantse Pijl
  • Milano–Torino
  • Paris–Tours
  • eSports

  • FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series
  • ESL Brasil Premier League
  • Golf

  • The Masters
  • U.S. Open
  • The Open Championship
  • PGA Championship
  • PGA Tour
  • World Golf Championships
  • President's Cup
  • Senior PGA Championship
  • U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Women's Open
  • Senior Open and Women's British Open
  • Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
  • Latin America Amateur Championship
  • Gridiron Football

  • National Football League
  • College Football
  • IFAF World Championship (Only on Watch ESPN)
  • Arena Football League
  • Canadian Football League
  • Handball

  • IHF World Men's Handball Championship
  • IHF World Women's Handball Championship
  • European Men's Handball Championship
  • European Women's Handball Championship
  • Horse Racing

  • Kentucky Derby
  • Preakness Stakes
  • Belmont Stakes
  • Ice Hockey

  • World Cup of Hockey
  • National Hockey League
  • Champions Hockey League
  • Judo

  • World Masters
  • Grand Slam
  • Grand Prix
  • World Championships Juniors and Teams
  • Marathon

  • Tokyo Marathon
  • Motor Sports

  • AMA Motocross Championship
  • Superbike World Championship
  • Multi-Sport Events

  • Summer Olympics 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016
  • Special Olympics World Games
  • Invictus Games
  • Poker

  • World Series of Poker Main Event/November Nine Live
  • Rugby Union

  • Rugby World Cup
  • Six Nations Championship
  • The Rugby Championship
  • Americas Rugby Championship
  • European Rugby Champions Cup
  • Super Rugby
  • English Premiership
  • Women's Six Nations Championship (Only on Watch ESPN)
  • Test-matches
  • Surf

  • World Surf League
  • Tennis

  • Australian Open
  • Wimbledon
  • U.S. Open
  • ATP World Tour 250
  • Hopman Cup
  • International Premier Tennis League
  • World Tennis Challenge
  • Voleyball

  • Men's European Volleyball Championship
  • Women's European Volleyball Championship
  • FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship
  • Yachting

  • America's Cup
  • America's Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs
  • America's Cup World Series
  • References

    ESPN Brasil Wikipedia

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