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Telemundo plans major Confederations Cup coverage unlike FOX

Featuring proud soccer nations such as Mexico, Chile, Germany, Portugal and others, the 2017 edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup will be televised in the United States by both FOX Sports (English language) and Telemundo and Universo (Spanish language). But it’s the Spanish-language counterparts that are planning wall-to-wall coverage of this tournament, with plans to far exceed what their rival FOX Sports is planning.

In 2011, Telemundo secured Spanish-language FIFA World Cup rights for the 2018 and 2022 cycles beating incumbent Univision. It was a breakthrough for NBCUniversal, Telemundo’s parent company, whose previous effort to secure World Cup rights on the English-language side for the 2010 and 2014 were rebuffed in odd and somewhat suspicious circumstances. Telemundo has since had its FIFA deal extended to include the 2026 cycle.

NBCUniversal has been aggressive about marketing Telemundo’s FIFA rights to English-language audiences as was evidenced by the number of spots promoting the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup that were run during the later stages of the Premier League season on NBCSN, CNBC and over-the-air NBC toward the end of the Premier League season. This is partly a reflection of the legacy of Telemundo’s predecessor with these rights (Univision) as well as perhaps a sense that Premier League fans may be looking for other options beyond FOX Sports to watch summer tournaments.

Left to right: Copán Álvarez, Miguel Gurwitz, Sammy Sadovnik and Andrés Cantor

The FIFA Confederations Cup, which begins this Saturday in Russia, will be covered in a wraparound fashion by Telemundo, with teams of broadcast crews on-site at every match in the competition unlike FOX Sports who are only sending the single team of John Strong and Stu Holden. Plus, the coverage will include the involvement of the Telemundo network’s other programming departments including entertainment and news. Univision did this as well in 2010 and 2014.

Executive Vice President of Telemundo Sports Eli Velazquez spoke exclusively with World Soccer Talk last week about the programming plans for this competition. Velazquez touted the ancillary programming that Telemundo will be presenting around the coverage of the matches. With a desire to present the tournament as comprehensively and objectively as possible, the programming will also create a context about the players and storylines to help promote the players and national teams competing. Telemundo will use a “heavy dose” of storytelling drawing on the network’s experiences in broadcasting the last four Summer Olympic games as part of the NBCUniversal family.

SEE MORE: Schedule of Confederations Cup games on US TV and streaming

These features as well as a program known as “Confed Cup Today” will compliment the Telemundo coverage of the games, and will be interactive with the audience via social media. Host Ana Jurka will play center-stage for much of the ancillary programming. Jurka, who hosts “Titulares y Más”, “Rumbo al Mundial” and “Fútbol Estelar Liga Premier, has been a staple of Telemundo’s coverage of FIFA events since assuming the rights beginning with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Much of the coverage will involve entertainment and fun segments as well in an attempt to appeal to the entire family particularly among Hispanic-dominant audiences. But Telemundo also wants to work hard to gain the viewership of bilingual fans, millennials and other core-soccer fans who are English-language dominant.

“Every audience member is welcome regardless of language,” said Velazquez. “Here we talk football. You may not always understand what they are saying but you can feel the emotion based on the way it (the matches) is called and feel the passion.”

According to Velazquez, Telemundo will have close to 150 people working on the coverage of the competition, with close to 80 of them being on the ground in Russia. It’s a remarkable commitment for a competition that has often been viewed by soccer fans and media alike as distinctly second tier. But Telemundo sees value in the Confederations Cup as a stand-alone tournament in addition to providing a dry run for the network’s operations for next summer’s World Cup also being held in Russia. The World Cup, which is a much bigger endeavor obviously from a broadcast perspective, will be Telemundo’s first under this contract with FIFA. The knowledge and logistical information gathered by the network and its personnel during the Confederations Cup will be invaluable going into next summer’s showcase event.

Obviously Mexico and to a lesser extent Chile and Germany will drive viewership in the United States on Telemundo but Velazquez makes it clear that Telemundo is covering the entire event and focusing on each and every participating nation. But much like with FOX Sports on the English-language side, Mexico will receive special emphasis.

Two former Mexican internationals Manuel Sol and Carlos Hermosillo will be part of the coverage team. Hermosillo, one of the leading goal scorers in Mexican national team history, will have a unique role in the broadcasts.

“Every viewer wants to get a sense of what it is like on field, which is why Carlos Hermosillo and Manuel Sol are so important to what we are doing,” Velazquez stated.

“We’re actually using Hermosillo to host but when Mexico plays, he and Manuel Sol will work with Andres Cantor.”

Hermosillo has been known for calling it like it is, similar to what Craig Burley does in English-language on ESPN or Eric Wynalda does on FOX. And Hermosillo’s analysis often rankles those in the game. But Hermosillo is correctly seen as an asset to Telemundo’s programming and its product. The healthy doses of critiques dished by Hermosillo and also Sol help to drive conversation and no doubt will fit into Telemundo’s strategy of making the matches interactive.

The presence of Cantor gives Telemundo a superstar presence in the national soccer community. Having Cantor headline the coverage also will enhance Telemundo’s efforts to reach out to core-soccer fans who are English-language dominant. Cantor’s knowledge of the sport from across the globe also gives Telemundo a presence that cuts across ethnic lines and that of parochial national team supporters.

“I don’t want fans to think we are going to cover this tournament from a high level just for the nation’s that speak Spanish or have a big American following like Germany,” Velazquez said. “Our goal is tell the story of all of the national team stories that can resonate regardless of language.”

For years, Univision and ESPN have provided the gold standard for the coverage of international tournaments. Many fans expressed angst six years ago when the rights for the next two World Cup cycles were won by competing bids from Telemundo and FOX. But Telemundo has used its run up time and expertise in not only covering soccer, but also the Olympics to put forth an ambitious effort to give full wraparound coverage of this summer’s Confederations Cup.

For those fans who are predominately English speakers who have consistently complained about FOX’s coverage of international soccer or simply loved the passion Univision brought to covering past World Cups and Confederations Cup, Telemundo seems poised to satisfy your needs this summer.

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  1. NaBUru38

    June 22, 2017 at 8:51 am

    The problem with Telemundo Deportes is that they lack a base in Latin America. All their Spanish-language programing is based in United States. In contrast, Fox Sports and ESPN have dozens of journalists in Latin America.

  2. Oliver Tse

    June 21, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I have suggested to David Neal (via email, with Eric Shanks and John Entz cc: ed) of alternative pairings to Jorge Perez-Navarro/Cobi Jones if Jorge Perez-Navarro continues to struggle as an English-language commentator on FOX Sports:

    1. John Laguna & Mariano Trujillo. Laguna called Mexican First Division matches in English on FOX Sports World in 1998. Trujillo speaks English well enough to be a pundit on FOX Sports. Laguna and Trujillo has called UEFA Champions League matches on FOX Deportes in Spanish during the past season..

    2. JP DellaCamera and Mariano Trujillo, as an emergency pairing of last resort for the semifinal of the Confederations Cup, if John Laguna is not available or if his performance is unsatisfactory.

    Mariano Trujillo should be in the booth for all Mexico matches on FOX Sports, regardless of who the play-by-play announcer is.

    • Cantona

      June 21, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Im sure they have been waiting with baited breath on your email! Hahahahahsh


  3. Alan

    June 20, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    The only American voice good enough is Twelman which was included in my “pedigree” as i stated Fox is not even close to ESPN

  4. Eddie

    June 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    telemundo will great rather than fox sports and tell me more about the 2018 world cup tv schedule on telemundo and fox. one question can fx air live sports and they can help the world cup coverge and just like fx air overflow sports. also, last year it air copa america on fx.

  5. Alan

    June 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

    The Fox “talent” is maybe good enough to do MLS… Even Strong and Holden who are the best they have simply don’t have the broadcast pedigree that the international feed and ESPN have. FOX overpaid for all these rights and are figuring that people will watch regardless next year no matter how bad the talent is. But seriously, this is AWFUL.

    • Oliver Tse

      June 20, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      With your “broadcast pedigree” criteria (read: only British announcers have “broadcast pedigree”), no American should call World Cup matches.

      As many viewers of Atlanta United (MLS) telecasts found out on Saturday night, just because an announcer has “broadcast pedigree”, doesn’t mean that the announcer has any clue how to call a soccer match on TV. Legendary BBC Radio “football” announcer Alan Green was a disaster during his TV debut on FOX Sports Southeast on Saturday. Alan Green misidentified a goal scored; he mispronounced at least one Spanish name; and he was using way too many words as he was calling a match for “radio with pictures” instead of TV.

      • R.O

        June 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm

        I agree that just because a person has a UK accent doesn’t mean they are good announcers. There are quite a few British announcers I don’t enjoy listening too. The two I do like are Derek Rae and Jon Champion. Ian Darke just isn’t my cup of tea. He’s too much of a cheerleader for me, especially when doing US games.

        The issue with most US Soccer announcers is they copy other US sports when calling a soccer game. Lots of story telling, joking and banter between hosts and other things. It works in Baseball and even NFL. I don’t like it for NBA either. Doesn’t work for Soccer. Less talking, especially non-in game type is better.

        You wrote in another post that John Strong (and Stuart Holden) are very good. John Strong at best is average and that’s a compliment. Too chatty and I just don’t care for his whole demeanor. Stuart Holden is a work in progress. Twelman talks like he is always shouting, no matter when or what the situation is, plus his phrase “are you kidding me” – irks me.

        True a British accent doesn’t automatically mean the announcer will be top notch. I recently listened to a podcast interview with Derek Rae where he talked about calling a games and working with co-announcers. If US home grown announcers what to get better then they and the broadcasters should listen to that interview and maybe even hire Rae as a consultant to help US soccer announcers improve.

        • Oliver Tse

          June 21, 2017 at 9:55 pm

          I have Ian Darke, Derek Rae, and Jon Champion at the top of my list of British “football” commentators, with Ian Crocker just a hair behind those 3.

          Martin Tyler was superb 20-25 years ago with his command of the English language. Not anymore. Tyler is now a disaster. He can’t identify players anymore without a spotter. He sometimes gets lost for 30-45 seconds at a time. He has also lost his ability to process information fast enough to come up with the right words to say.

          I will be able to study Alan Green carefully again later on Wednesday night, as I wait for the FOX Sports South midnight (Eastern Time) re-air. I am out of market so I don’t get the live broadcast, which requires an extra subscription fee.

          John Strong does have a tendency to go into “radio mode” by using too many words about once every two minutes or so. Viewers who are used to the “minimalist” style don’t like “radio mode”.

          Jorge Perez-Navarro is difficult to listen to. He is thinking in Spanish and translating in his head before he speaks. That means he is consistently late. Andres Cantor had the same issue 17 years ago

          I recently spoke to Andres’ son Nicolas “Nico” Cantor (for an upcoming World Soccer Talk interview article), who told me that he really couldn’t learn anything from his father’s experience calling Olympic matches for NBC 17 years ago because his father was translating from Spanish to English.

          When Nico Cantor now calls an MLS match in English for the Second Audio Program (SAP) on Univision Deportes Network (UDN), he has to immerse himself into English-speaking environment from the morning until he goes on the air. He has to avoid thinking in Spanish that day so that he can concentrate on thinking in English so that he will be prepared to broadcast in English.

          As for American c0-commentators/match analysts: check out Aly Wagner if you get a chance. I don’t know yet whether she will call Cameroon vs Australia on Thursday, as Landon Donovan may be back at FOX after Donovan’s wife gave birth to their daughter over the weekend.

          Aly Wagner was excellent on Sunday when she called Cameroon vs Chile on FS2. She should become the first woman to call a World Cup match on U.S. English-language TV in 2018.

  6. Oliver Tse

    June 19, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Updated video link for a condensed version of the Cameroon vs Chile telecast on FS2, with J.P. DellaCamera doing play by play and Aly Wagner doing analysis/co-commentary.

    Aly Wagner was EXCELLENT. She can analyze everything: team tactics, defensive setups, isolation of players, and psychology/human factors.

    I now expect FOX Sports to continue to develop Aly Wagner so that she will be able to call men’s World Cup Russia 2018 matches. She is ready now, and she will be ready a year from now.

    • Oliver Tse

      June 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Updated video link:

  7. HZ

    June 19, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    If today’s Germany-Australia play-by-play announcing is any indication, we are in serious trouble expecting quality commentary from the English version of Fox sports. I still cannot understand what they think is fundamentally wrong with the world feed that compels these clowns to resort to this amateurish debacle. I assume the world feed consists of the stellar commentators who bring us the Premier league and the UEFA champions league, with loads of experience and context as opposed to this joke of a broadcast, including the sideline trivia for entertainment. I guess Fox has not learned much from Gus Johnson experience of a few years back! Sigh…

    • Oliver Tse

      June 19, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      FOX Sports want to hire AMERICANS, both men and women, to call international soccer with the exception of English and Scottish football.

      John Strong and Stuart Holden are both very good, home-grown American commentators. Just because they are Americans doesn’t mean they are inferior to British commentators.

      Aly Wagner did an excellent job yesterday. She can do her job better than half the men out there, including many British co-commentators who call world feeds.

      Anyone who continue to insist that John Strong is just as bad as Gus Johnson is not listening carefully.

      • Zzzzssssvvvvqqq

        June 20, 2017 at 9:04 am

        Holy crap you’re a pathetic loser masquerading as some soccer commentator insider.

      • HZ

        June 20, 2017 at 11:27 am

        Actually I tried to listen and was turned off by the whole experience. I’m all for American commentators calling MLS, or World cup games, or any other soccer games where team USA is playing. As for international soccer, the “home grown” announcers have neither the experiential knowledge nor the depth to be able to even come close to the likes of Jon Champion, Martin Tyler, Peter Drury, or Ian Darke, etc. (apologies for any misspellings!)

        And what is this about “Fox wants to hire Americans” concept? IS it because not all of us can understand the English spoken by the international feed? Weird!

        • Oliver Tse

          June 20, 2017 at 6:37 pm

          Martin Tyler may have the knowledge and the experience, but his play-by-play skills have diminished to the point where he can 1) no longer identify players correctly without a spotter even for simple touches, and 2) he can no longer process information quickly enough to come up with the flowery language he was known for when he was at the top of his game.

          I put Martin Tyler on my “do not hire” list in 2012 and was skewered.

          ESPN (U.S.) extricated itself from its contract with Martin Tyler in 2013 so that it could move Ian Darke to the #1 play-by-play position during World Cup 2014. Apparently, Jed Drake and/or Amy Rosenfield noticed what I noticed with Tyler.

          By 2017, more and more World Soccer Talk readers agree with me, after they had to sit through Tyler’s disastrous performance during a Monday night Premier League match involving Liverpool in April (NBCSN took the Premier League Production World Feed with Tyler doing the play-by-play.)

          Ian Darke is exclusive to ESPN in the U.S. market.

          Jon Champion usually work for a British network when he is not calling world feeds or moonlighting at ESPN.

  8. Eddie

    June 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    telemundo will better than fox sports coverge of 2018 world cup and what the matches for next year and telemundo/nbc unverso and fox/fs1/fs2/fx( might helpful tp provide overflow and to create sports program on fx) for example fx air copa america 2016 on fox/fs1/fs2/fx and can they do that again.

  9. Alan

    June 19, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Azer is completely right. yesterday’s debacle with Mexico/ Portugal set soccer coverage back 10 years.
    ” SOCCER TIME” at the start of the commentary…. ” Fire” on free kicks and incessant nonsense from Cobi Jones, what a disgrace, I quit watching at halftime so I wouldn’t have to bear the jokers halftime show.
    Don’t know wherebFox is getting there info on viewers but this make a mockery of The coming year. Thetbshould a work a deal with ESPN to sublet the WC rights and let poor Kate Abdo make the move the mothership.

    • Oliver Tse

      June 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      I will email David Neal directly with my thoughts on the Jorge Perez-Navarro controversy.

      There is no easy fix for Jorge Perez-Navarro right now, as long as he is not able to “think” in English.

      Mr. Perez-Navarro’s long goooooooooool for Mexico! gooooooooooool! (name of scorer) call is another issue, as the call is too long, lasting into the start of instant replay and interfering with the job Cobi Jones is supposed to do.

      Andres Cantor had the same issues when he called Sydney 2000 Olympic matches for NBC Sports with Alexi Lalas (men’s matches) and Amy Allmann Griffin (women’s matches.) David Neal was in charge of Olympic production at NBC during the Sydney 2000 game so he was the one who hired Cantor 17 years ago.

  10. Azer

    June 19, 2017 at 8:49 am

    The coverage on FOX Sports is awful. Did they learn anything from ESPN? I thought they would use the world feed for commentary instead they use it’s domestic crew. I wonder about the coverage in Canada and how their networks are covering it.
    FOX used a sideline reporter Maria Koandnaya from Russian TV. She butchered the English language with her strong accent. ”Dr”. Joe Manchik is also back with his rules analyses.
    The match on Sunday between Mexico & Portugal was unwatchable, simply embarrassing. Why would they use a commentator who speaks English as a second language. The guy from Fox Deportes kept pausing a couple of times, he either didn’t what to say or he didn’t know how to pronounce an English word. I feel like watching a comedy show and not professional football.
    How will the coverage be for the 2018 World Cup? A horror show possibly with ”Dr” Joe, Fox’s rules analyst breaking in the middle of the match to analyze a foul. Think about it people.
    I miss ESPN’s coverage a lot and I’m sure many of you do as well. Lets wait and see what happens next year. I don’t have any hope for Fox Sports to improve.

    • Oliver Tse

      June 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Jorge Perez-Navarro is thinking in Spanish and translating his thoughts English. That is a major issue as he is often late in reacting to goals.

      Andres Cantor had the same issue when he called Sydney 2000 Olympic matches for NBC Sports.

      • R.O

        June 21, 2017 at 2:07 pm

        NBC was trying to get the Latin American views with the hire of Cantor. I agree it didn’t work, not because of Cantor talent (which is top notch) but when another language isn’t your primary/1st, it will always be a challenge to be a announcer. Cantor’s son, who speaks excellent English might have some future in English Language Soccer announcing.

        I also find it strange that Marcelo Balboa hasn’t been hired by Fox. He works for Univision as an game analyst and does a very good job.

  11. Oliver Tse

    June 19, 2017 at 12:29 am

    FOX Sports will only air two Confederations Cup matches on FS2 due to conflicts with NASCAR and U.S. Women’s Open Golf. The rest will be on FS1 and FOX.

    Also, FOX Sports Executive Producer of World Cup Soccer David Neal used the Chile vs Cameroon match on FS2 as an opportunity to experiment by making a late substitution in the broadcast booth prior to the match:

    Out: Landon Donovan

    In: Aly Wagner

    Aly Wagner made astute observations throughout the match, as one would expect her to do given the sheer volume of matches she now calls throughout the year for FOX Sports, Lifetime (NWSL), and PAC-12 Networks.

    Check out this video clip:

    The re-air of Chile vs Cameroon with Wagner and J.P. DellaCamera calling the match on FS1 will be on Monday June 19 at 4:30am Eastern/1:30am Pacific

    Will FOX give Aly Wagner additional opportunities to call more men’s matches, such as UEFA Europa League matches on Thursday afternoons on FS2 (i.e. matches NOT involving English clubs), in order to evaluate her for possible assignments calling matches during FIFA World Cup Russia 2018?

    We shall see.

    • R.O

      June 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Well I wasn’t getting up at 1:30 am PDT the next day to watch game. Just watch it on Telemundo – live.

      “FOX Sports will only air two Confederations Cup matches on FS2 due to conflicts with NASCAR and U.S. Women’s Open Golf. ” Well Fox should have thought about that before bidding for the Confed Cup. They don’t have to show it on FS2, which few people have. They could have shown game on FXX which is only non new movies with commercials.

      • Eddie

        June 23, 2017 at 10:04 am

        i with you we should put on fx or fox business or fxx because it might use for overflow due conflicts with other live sports and so i want to request to put fx or fox business or fxx.
        for example fx use overflow of fs1/fs2 like ufc and other live sports on fox sports and fox business air the first time live sports on tv because due the mlb extra inngins on fs1 and it air nascar race pre race. also, it show a little race before they moved to fs1 after mlb is finsh and my last example is fxx because it might take a break from movies and fs2 does not have may viewers because of cable problems.

  12. R.O

    June 18, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    It’s a joke that Fox is showing so many games on FS2, which hardly anybody gets. Just glad Telemundo has all the Confed Cups games, plus I get to listen to Andres Cantor again! I can just see Fox placing quite a few WC games on Fs2. I know it’s a business but IMO that shouldn’t be allowed by FIFA. Just happy it will be available on Telemundo.

    Be like the old days of WC (1990-1998), when I watched all the WC games on Univision. But then again back in 1974 and 1978 WC was only available to watch in the US via close circuit at indoor venues.

  13. USAJerry

    June 18, 2017 at 11:51 am

    LOL at you putting th blowhard Wynalda into the, “tell it like it is” category. He is sadly another example of what American soccer fans have to endure (along with the likes of Lalas, Twellman, and Martino who all fit into that smug, arrogant, hipster mold).

    • USAJerry

      June 18, 2017 at 11:52 am


    • Joey

      June 18, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      You mean someone people like…Sorry you fall under the “if they don’t have an accent they are not authentic” group of hippies. Its amazing how you thrown an accent and the 1% of soccer fans in this country who probably call it football think they know what they are talking about. HAHA you guys are the reason nobody takes this sport seriously here,

    • Lawrence Dockery

      June 20, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      I don’t mind Alexi Lalas or Taylor Twellman but Eric Wynalda is really just kind of a douchebag and Kyle Martino is 100% the smug, arrogant hipster.

  14. Erk

    June 16, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Really hope Telemundo’s coverage goes well. Really tired of the monopoly called Univision brainwashing so many Latinos brains. Sadly most matches involving Mexican teams, club or national team, are shown on Univision. Next season, they’re going to have the rights to the matches of 17 Liga MX teams and possibly all 18, pretty much completing their monopoly on Mexican soccer after Telemundo didn’t mention having Pachuca’s games in their upfront and Azteca apparently sold the rights to the Atlas, Morelia, Tijuana and Veracruz games to Univision. I missed the time when Liga MX matches were all spread throughout networks like Telemundo, Azteca America, ESPN Deportes, FOX Sports en Espanol.

    Since Univision doesn’t have the Confederations Cup, they’re trying to convince the latino audience that the Gold Cup is as important. They’ve been promoting the tournament like crazy for the last 4 or 5 months, something they never did in the past. Usually they would start promoting the tournament a month in advance.

    Really hope a network ends the monopoly called Univision. Latinos deserve to have different choices to watch soccer. One network shouldn’t control the majority of the soccer on television for Latinos. What Univision is doing is what Televisa did for years in Mexico and people didn’t notice until journalists like Jose Ramon Fernandez started calling them out for it, hopefully one day someone calls out Univision. I read Serie A and La Liga contracts with Bein Sports are up at the end of the 2017-18 season, really hope Univision doesn’t take those away either like they they did to ESPN Deportes and Fox Deportes with the Champions League.

    • Oliver Tse

      June 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      La Liga rights in the U.S., in all languages, will remain with beIN Sports USA LLC through the 2019-2020 season. beIN renewed the deal for 5 seasons, not 3 seasons.

      FOX Deportes and Azteca America have both apparently given up on Liga MX. ESPN Deportes had Necaxa last season with the exception of the Necaxa vs Chivas Guadalajara match, which was shown on both ESPN Deportes and Galavision as ESPN swapped non-exclusive rights to Univision for other considerations.

      Rights to Leon and Pachuca home matches are sold by Grupo Pachuca, which is controlled by Mexican billionaire businessman Carlos Slim. Slim sold the U.S. rights of both teams to Telemundo Deportes a few years ago (in separate deals, spaced one year apart) but he chose to sell the rights to Leon home matches to Univision last year, leaving Pachuca home matches with Telemundo for one more year. If Telemundo were give up Pachuca home matches as well, then Telemundo is apparently headed in a different direction by having the English Premier League as its only weekly futbol product.

      Chivas Guadalajara announced that it will go 100% streaming in the U.S. after the 2017-2018 season.

      Until that actually happens, I will NOT believe that announcement for one minute.

      The announcement smells like a negotiation tactic to me.

      Chivas Guadalajara has multiple options to sell U.S. rights:

      1. Univision Deportes (part of Univision Communications, which is 49% owned by Televisa, with the other 51% owned by Haim Saban)

      2. Telemundo Deportes (part of NBCUniversal, which is 100% owned by Comcast)

      3. FOX Deportes (part of FOX Sports [U.S.], which is 100% owned by 21st Century FOX)

      4. ESPN Deportes (part of ESPN, Inc., which is 80% owned by Disney)

      • MexicoCampeonRusia2017

        June 17, 2017 at 12:23 am

        Univision will always be better than Telemundo on World Cup coverage.

  15. Justo Hernandez

    June 15, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Ana Jurka is not good.

    • Oliver Tse

      June 16, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      We know that Ana Flores de Jurka is an entertainment and general assignment news reporter who was converted into a sportscaster so that Telemundo Deportes can have its own version of “Rebecca Lowe”.

      One would expect Ana Jurka to be a work in progress, as she is learning the English Premier League while on the job.

      How is Ana Jurka “not good” besides gaps in her knowledge of big time international futbol including the Premier League?

  16. Paul

    June 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    You don’t get a commentator if you watch a game at a stadium so having a Spanish speaking one on the TV isn’t going to make any difference..

    • R.O

      June 18, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Yup, agree 100%! From 1990 to 1998 watched WC only via Univision. Not till 2002 did I start to watch on US English TV. Ironically that’s when Univision started using Fernando Fiore exclusively for WC as Cantor had left Univision. He would use a dog hand puppet in his studio commentary. Can’t stand him. So annoying.

  17. Johnny

    June 15, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I honestly don’t care what language the commentator speaks, i WILL watch the game on any available channel. If i don’t speak the language i will 1. Try it out see if i can put up with it. 2. If i can’t put up with it i will turn the volume down and put on some Rock n Roll. 3. Before the Rock n Roll i would try to find an English commentary via SAP, online, radio etc.

    • Oliver Tse

      June 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Telemundo Deportes will introduce a younger, hipper version to casual viewers, including “crossover” English-language viewers, who don’t otherwise watch Telemundo Deportes often.

      NBC Sports Group President Mark Lazarus saw what long-time Telemundo Deportes boss Jorge Hidalgo (who migrated from Univision to Telemundo in 2000) was NOT doing by allowing the products to do stale. Lazarus basically “cleaned house” over two years ago by:

      1. Getting rid of Hidalgo by eliminating his position

      2. Getting rid of long-time Cuban-American sports TV host Jessi Losada, who was in his 50’s, and replaced him with two younger hosts, Mexican Miguel Gurwitz (to handle Liga MX, CONCAVAF, and FIFA broadcasts remotely) and Honduran newscaster/entertainment reporter-turned sportscaster Ana Flores de Jurka (to handle English Premier League and many studio shows.)

      (Ana Jurka is Telemundo Deportes’ version of Rebecca Lowe, as both talent gave birth to baby boys within 6 weeks of each other, and both Telemundo Deportes and NBC Sports made big deals out of both events.)

      3. Hiring new Mexican co-commentators (match analysts) and studio pundits. Hermosillo and Sol were hired so that Telemundo could move Peruvian announcer Sammy Sadovnik from co-commentator to play-by-play instead.

      I don’t know much about Ray Warren, the executive who is at the top of the org chart at Telemundo Deportes.

      I do know enough about Eli Velazquez and his history. He was a field producer at Univision Deportes during the 1990s, when Univision got the rights to broadcast MLS matches on Sundays. Many of you know that during the brief time I operated a poker agency (in 2006-2009), I represented Spanish-language sportscaster-turned poker host Gabriela Hill, who was the MLS touchline reporter for Univision Deportes in 1996 and 1997 before the late Norberto Longo executed a power move to push Ms. Hill out of Univision prior to FIFA World Cup France 1998.

      Guess who was behind the camera outside RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. for the video package at the link below? (The anchors for Univision’s Sunday night sports program Titulares Deportivo were Norberto Longo and Jesse Losada.)

      • R.O

        June 18, 2017 at 2:56 pm

        Norberto Longo and Jesse Losada were top class for the that show! Also for WC play by play and co-commentator nobody, and I mean nobody was better than Cantor and Longo together. When Cantor left Univision, WC commentary and play by play quality declined.

        • Oliver Tse

          June 19, 2017 at 7:48 pm

          In 2017, a male sports TV talent at a Spanish-language TV network would NOT be able to pull what Norberto Longo did in 1998 to push a female sports reporter out the door of the company.

          1998 was another era for U.S. Hispanic television, as most talent were of 100% European descent. There were few if any talent of mixed heritage (European and Indigenous American) or African heritage.

          The times have changed. The new Telemundo Deportes have much younger talent, men and women, many of whom are of mixed heritage. There is no room for a 55-year-old male host such as Jessi Losada anymore.

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