Spanish-language television station Telemundo has announced that they will be broadcasting the 2018 FIFA World Cup here in the United States. The NBCUniversal Television Group station will be taking over the U.S. Spanish-language World Cup broadcasting rights from Univision. Not only will Telemundo be airing the world’s largest soccer tournament four years from now, but they will also begin broadcasting additional FIFA soccer events starting in 2015.
Joe Uva, Chairman of the Hispanic Enterprises and Content at NBCUniversal, has stated, “Three years and one week ago, NBCUniversal announced the game-changing acquisition of the exclusive Spanish-language U.S. media rights to the FIFA World Cup. Today we are proud to see the first tangible manifestation of this major acquisition, which will bring unprecedented exposure for Telemundo, and mun2, and offer a unique opportunity to accelerate audience growth and consolidate our position in the industry.”
The 2015 soccer coverage by Telemundo (along with mun2) will be 188 matches, totaling in excess of 550 hours of FIFA soccer. The NBC-owned network plans to cover the Men’s FIFA U-20 World Cup (beginning in May), the FIFA Woman’s World Cup (June-July), the Men’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (July), and the FIFA U-17 World Cup (October-November).
Legendary commentator Andres Cantor will be leading the group of announcers alongside former standout players Carlos Hermosillo and Manuel Sol for the upcoming coverage by Telemundo. Cantor is one of the most recognizable sports commentators in the world. The Argentinian is mostly known for his “Goooooool!” roars following scores during soccer matches. Cantor previously worked for Univision, but made the switch to Telemundo ahead of the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Telemundo’s sister station, mun2, will also be involved in the upcoming plans to broadcast soccer starting next year. The station will air some of the aforementioned 188 FIFA matches beginning in 2015, and will also continue to simulcast Barclays Premier League matches, National Football League games, and NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series races.
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