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ESPN Latin America

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Launched  March 31, 1989
Sister channel(s)  ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ESPN +
Language  Latin American Spanish
Founded  1989
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Network  Cable Television Network
Owned by  ESPN Inc. (operated by The Walt Disney Company Latin America)
Broadcast area  Argentina  Bolivia  Chile  Colombia  Central America  Dominican Republic  Ecuador  Mexico  Paraguay  Peru  Uruguay  Venezuela

ESPN Latin America is an ESPN channel that broadcasts in Latin America in Spanish, not to be confused with ESPN Deportes, which is another channel which broadcasts in the United States in Spanish. ESPN Latin America is not available in the U.S., because it is not authorized to air most of the programming seen on its U.S. sister channels due to television rights affecting the programs. It is adapted to the demands of Spanish-speaking viewers, who tend to prefer football and Hispanic baseball players to the more Anglo-centric programming or athletes and Portuguese-speaking viewers who also tend to prefer football and prefer other popular sports in Brazil like basketball, futsal and volleyball.


ESPN Latin America first aired in March 31, 1989. It cablecasts programs in Spanish; some of the programs are live or taped retransmissions of the sister channels ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Some of those programs include English-language audio on a second audio program (SAP) with commentators from sister channels of the U.S. or commentators who work just for the ESPN Latin America channel. One of the voiceover announcers who announces programming on TV commercials has also appeared as a voiceover substitute for CNBC programs like Kudlow & Company and Mad Money in the U.S.

ESPN Latin America, unlike its U.S. sister channels, has more programs related to football, such as live games from Spain's La Liga (available only for Spanish-speaking South America). It also airs live retransmissions of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, the Home Run Derby, All-Star Game, Playoffs and World Series with Ernesto Jerez as the Spanish-language play-by-play announcer and other baseball commentators such as Venezuelan brothers Luis Alfredo Álvarez and Fernando Álvarez and former Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player Candy Maldonado. On weekday mornings at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, ESPN Latin America also airs the taped SportsCenter programs which air live the night before on ESPN in the U.S. at 1 a.m. ET.

Many of the TV commercials shown on ESPN Latin America are for companies from Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil, where the largest companies are based and where viewer numbers are higher.

ESPN Latin America's main competitor is News Corporation's Fox Sports Latin America from Los Angeles (formerly called FOX Sports Americas), which, unlike ESPN Latin America (and like ESPN2 and ESPN+), has a FOX Sports Latin America Northern Cone channel for the Caribbean/Mexico baseball-focused region, and another channel called FOX Sports Latin America Southern Cone for Central and South America, which is more football-oriented.

The Disney/Hearst Corporation joint venture has also added some secondary regional channels for the Spanish-speaking Americas in the last few years, like ESPN Dos (North) for the Central America/Mexico region, and ESPN 2 (South) for South America (Argentina/Bolivia/Chile/Colombia/Ecuador/Paraguay/Peru/Uruguay/Venezuela).

In 2011 ESPN launched a new channel for Latin America: ESPN3. This channel is divided in four segmets: Live (broadcasts live coverage of sport events), Compact (resumed sport events), ESPN3.0 (extreme sports) and ESPN Series (featuring ESPN US show 30 For 30).

Operating channels

  • ESPN (Norte) - available in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama
  • ESPN (Sur) - available in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela
  • ESPN 2 (Norte) - available in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama
  • ESPN 2 (Sur) - available in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay - formerly ESPN +
  • ESPN 2 (Andino) - available in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela - formerly ESPN + Andino (formerly available in Bolívia, Chile and Peru)
  • ESPN 3 (Norte) - available in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama
  • ESPN 3 (Sur) - available in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela
  • ESPN + - available in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela - formerly ESPN HD
  • ESPN Extra - available in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay
  • Sport Events

    List of events that can be viewed on ESPN Latin America Networks:


  • UEFA Champions League
  • UEFA Europa League
  • UEFA Super Cup
  • UEFA Youth League
  • La Liga (Only for South America)
  • Premier League (Only for South America)
  • Serie A
  • Bundesliga
  • Ligue 1
  • Primeira Liga
  • Eredivisie
  • FA Cup (Only for South America)
  • Community Shield (Only for South America)
  • Football League Cup (Only for South America)
  • Football League Championship (Only for South America)
  • German Super Cup
  • Coupe de la Ligue
  • Trophée des Champions
  • Taça de Portugal
  • Taça da Liga
  • FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) (Only for South America)
  • UEFA European Championship qualifying (Only for South America)
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
  • FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)
  • FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF) (USA home matches that ESPN broadcasts in USA)
  • Copa do Brasil
  • Major League Soccer
  • Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
  • Liga MX (Atlas and Santos Home Matches)
  • Copa Mexico
  • Argentina Primera Division (Except for Argentina)
  • Toulon Tournament
  • International Champions Cup (Only for Mexico and Central America)
  • Emirates Cup
  • The Best FIFA Football Awards
  • Multi-sport events

  • Sochi 2014 Olympics
  • 2014 Summer Youth Olympics
  • 2016 Summer Olympics
  • 2016 Summer Paralympics
  • Special Olympics World Games
  • Parapan American Games (Only on ESPN Play)
  • Invictus Games
  • Tennis

  • Australian Open
  • Roland Garros
  • Wimbledon
  • U.S. Open
  • ATP World Tour Finals
  • ATP World Tour Masters 1000
  • ATP World Tour 500 (Only on ESPN Play)
  • ATP World Tour 250 (Brisbane and Sydney)
  • Los Cabos Open (Only for Mexico and Central America)
  • Hopman Cup
  • World Tennis Challenge
  • Basketball

  • NBA
  • WNBA
  • NCAA basketball
  • NBA Summer League
  • The Basketball Tournament
  • Baseball

  • Major League Baseball
  • Mexican Pacific League
  • Little League World Series
  • College World Series
  • Boxing

  • Golden Boy Promotions
  • Premier Boxing Champions
  • College Sports

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association events
  • Cricket

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

  • Tour de France
  • Giro d'Italia (Only for South America)
  • Vuelta a España
  • Abu Dhabi Tour (Only for South America)
  • Tirreno-Adriatico (Only for South America)
  • Volta a Catalunya (Only for South America)
  • Tour de Romandie (Only for South America)
  • Tour de San Luis
  • Vuelta a San Juan
  • Giro del Trentino (Only for South America)
  • Milan–San Remo (Only for South America)
  • Paris–Roubaix
  • Liège–Bastogne–Liège
  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Only for South America)
  • Strade Bianche (Only for South America)
  • La Flèche Wallonne
  • Paris–Tours
  • eSports

  • FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series
  • Equestrianism

  • Indoor Brabant (Only ESPN Play)
  • Winter Equestrian Festival (Only on ESPN Play)
  • Extreme Sports

  • X Games
  • Field Hockey

  • Hockey World Cup
  • Champions Trophy
  • Hockey World 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 ESPN Play)
  • Arena Football League (Only on ESPN Play)
  • Canadian Football League (Only on ESPN Play)
  • Horse Racing

  • Kentucky Derby
  • Preakness Stakes
  • Belmont Stakes
  • Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo classic races
  • Hipódromo de San Isidro classic races
  • Hipódromo de La Plata classic races
  • Carreras de las Estrellas
  • Gran Premio Latinoamericano
  • Ice Hockey

  • World Cup of Hockey
  • Marathon

  • Tokyo Marathon
  • New York City Half Marathon
  • Rome Marathon
  • London Marathon
  • Venice Marathon
  • New York Marathon
  • Mar del Plata Marathon
  • Motor Sports

  • Moto GP
  • Moto 2
  • Moto 3
  • IndyCar Series
  • Indy Lights
  • AMA Motocross Championship
  • Superprestigio Dirt Track
  • Formula One (Highlights)
  • Polo

  • Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo
  • Campeonato Abierto de Hurlingham
  • Campeonato Abierto del Tortugas Country Club
  • U.S. Open
  • British Open for the Gold Cup
  • Sotogrande Open
  • Queen's Cup
  • Copa Cámara de Diputados
  • Coronation Cup
  • Polo Challenge Gold Cup
  • Polo Challenge Silver Cup
  • Caribbean Open
  • Copa de Las Naciones
  • Poker

  • World Series of Poker
  • Rugby

  • Rugby World Cup
  • Six Nations Championship
  • The Rugby Championship
  • Americas Rugby Championship
  • European Rugby Champions Cup
  • European Rugby Challenge Cup
  • Super Rugby
  • Top 14 (Only for South America)
  • English Premiership
  • Currie Cup
  • Mitre 10 Cup
  • National Rugby Championship
  • World Rugby Under 20 Championship
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens
  • Women's Six Nations Championship (Only on ESPN Play)
  • Torneo de la URBA
  • Top 14 de la URBA
  • Campeonato Argentino
  • Nacional de Clubes
  • Torneo del Interior
  • Test-matches
  • Weightlifting

  • World Weightlifting Championships
  • Yachting

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

    ESPN Latin America Wikipedia

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