ESPN Deportes

ESPN Deportes (Spanish pronunciation: [i.espiˈen deˈpoɾtes], ESPN Sports) is an American Spanish-language pay television sports channel that is owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which owns a controlling 80% stake) and the Hearst Communications (which owns the remaining 20%). The network is aimed primarily at the Hispanic community in the United States. The channel broadcasts from studio facilities at ESPN's traditional bases of operations in Los Angeles, Coral Gables, Florida, and Bristol, Connecticut, along with their Mexican base in Mexico City.

ESPN Deportes is available on most pay-television providers including Comcast, Altice USA, AT&T U-verse, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Dish Network, and DirecTV. According to Nielsen, ESPN Deportes is available to at least 5.5 million Hispanic households in the United States through a programming package that includes the channel. Conversely, ESPN does not maintain second audio program audio feeds on any of their English-language channels in the United States (except for ABC's SAP Spanish coverage for the NBA Finals), allowing full exclusivity to ESPN Deportes for the Spanish rights to their properties.

ESPN Deportes
Espn deportes
LaunchedJanuary 7, 2004
Owned byESPN Inc.
(The Walt Disney Company (80%), Hearst Communications (20%))
Picture format720p HDTV
(480i, letterboxed for the SDTV feed)
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaUnited States
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands
HeadquartersBristol, Connecticut
Coral Gables, Florida,
Los Angeles, California
Mexico City, Mexico
Sister channel(s)
DirecTVChannel 466
Channel 1432 (VOD)
Dish NetworkChannel 854
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
AT&T U-verseChannel 3113 (SD)
Channel 3313 (HD)
Verizon FiOSChannel 1520 (SD)
Channel 1537 (HD)
Streaming media
DirecTV NowInternet Protocol television
Hulu Live TVInternet Protocol television
PlayStation VueInternet Protocol television
Sling TVInternet Protocol television


ESPN Deportes launched as an alternate Spanish-language programming feed in July 2001, when ESPN and Major League Baseball began offering Spanish-language telecasts of the Home Run Derby and select Sunday Night Baseball game telecasts. By 2003, this simulcast was expanded to all Sunday Night Baseball and Sunday Night Football game broadcasts, as well as boxing.

ESPN Deportes became a separate 24-hour sports subscription channel on January 7, 2004. In 2007, ESPN Deportes began producing a daily English language segment featured during the overnight editions of its American parent network's SportsCenter program, hosted by Michele LaFountain and several other personalities. ESPN Deportes launched a 720p high definition simulcast feed in April 2011, though as many American Spanish-language cable network packages remain with the majority of networks in standard definition, ESPN Deportes maintains their "BottomLine" news ticker in a form designed for 4:3 sets, matching the form seen on ESPN Classic and ESPN on ABC broadcasts. However as of 2016, the BottomLine ticker has since expanded to the 16:9 design used by the other ESPN networks.

On December 7, 2015, the network debuted its new four-studio production facility in Mexico City with the Spanish version of SportsCenter. Jorge Eduardo Sánchez and Carolina Padrón anchored the first SportsCenter from the new studios which also featured well-known Mexican journalist José Ramón Fernández interviewing Mexican football managers Tomás Boy and Miguel Herrera. On January 4, 2016, the network moved all their shows produced in Mexico to the new facilities, including Fútbol Picante, Los Capitanes and Cronómetro.



Current programming

Studio programs

  • SportsCenter – Based on the format of the flagship U.S. program, it is an hour-long program featuring the day's scores and highlights from major sporting events, along with commentary, analysis, previews, and feature stories. The ESPN Deportes version focuses mostly on culturally relevant sports news and stories, and offers in-depth analysis and highlights aimed at Hispanic viewers.
  • Fútbol Picante – A roundtable discussion program featuring a panel of journalists discussing the day's football headlines and scores. Co-hosted by José Ramón Fernández and former footballers Hugo Sánchez, Roberto Gómez Junco, Francisco Gabriel de Anda and Rafael Puente, the program focuses specifically on the Liga MX and the Mexico national football team; regular commentators on the program include Jared Borgetti, Tomás Boy, Mario Carrillo, Dionisio Estrada, David Faitelson, Ángel García Toraño, Héctor Huerta, Heriberto Murrieta, Jorge Pietrasanta, Ciro Procuna, Ricardo Puig, Felipe Ramos Rizo, and John Sutcliffe.
  • Jorge Ramos y Su Banda – ESPN Deportes Radio's afternoon-drive football talk show, hosted by sport journalists Jorge Ramos and Hernán Pereyra with José del Valle, Elmer Polanco, Ricardo Mayorga, Carolina De Las Salas, Diego Cora and Jorge Pérez-Navarro live from ESPN Miami studios in Coral Gables, Florida. The show airs simultaneously on ESPN Deportes television and ESPN Deportes radio weekday afternoons.
  • Cronómetro – A news program featuring discussion and debates on Latino sports and sports stars; it is hosted by David Faitelson and José Ramón Fernández, with Eduardo Varela, Ricardo Puig, Pablo Viruega, Alvaro Morales and Jorge Carlos Mercader serving as contributors. The program is based on the format of Pardon the Interruption.
  • Los Capitanes – An hour-long afternoon sports highlight program, co-hosted by Jose Ramon Fernandez, with Rafael Puente, Hector Huerta and Roberto Gómez Junco; Jared Borgetti, Francisco Gabriel de Anda, Ángel García Toraño, Ricardo Puig, Jorge Pietrasanta and other analysts serve as contributors.
  • Ahora o Nunca – A late-night program that offers a new take on sports with a laid-back vibe. The co-hosts have fun with sports headlines and reactions, chat about the latest news on movies, music, E Sports, celebrity culture and more. The shows feature social content that incorporates viewer interaction and engagement. The show airs at 2 a.m. ET / 11 p.m. PT and is hosted by Herculez Gomez, Mauricio Pedroza and Janelle Marie Rodriguez.
  • Fútbol Center – A short-form football-focused program (including coverage of leagues such as Liga MX, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A, and the Premier League); airing weekends. It is hosted by Cristina Alexander (Saturdays) and Ricardo Puig (Sundays); analysts include Jared Borgetti, Mario Carrillo, Eugenio Diaz, and various journalists based in the ESPN studios in Bristol.
  • ESPN AM – Show hosted by Ciro Procuna and Heriberto Murrieta, who together with Paulina García Robles, discuss the sports topics of the day, mainly everything related to Mexican football and share the agenda of the day through a fresh, creative and casual show that accompany the fans every morning.
  • A los Golpes – A boxing news and analysis program hosted by Juan Manuel Márquez and Jorge Eduardo Sánchez. The show airs Saturdays.
  • NFL Esta Noche – An NFL pre-game show preceding ESPN Deportes' coverage of Monday Night Football, which also features highlights and analysis of the previous Sunday's NFL action and live reports; it is hosted by Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, and Alba Galindo.
  • NFL Live – Produced in ESPN's studios in Mexico City, the show is a NFL studio show based on the format of the English-language version of the show. The show features former NFL Europe players Marco Martos, Mauricio Lopez Chavez, Gustavo Tella, and Jaime “Jimmy” Gonzalez along with journalists Miguel Pasquel and Kary Correa. The show also regularly has the participation of other ESPN Spanish-language NFL experts including John Sutcliffe, Raul Allegre, Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, and Ciro Procuna, among others. Unlike in Mexico where it airs weekdays throughout the year, the show only airs on Saturday mornings during the NFL season on ESPN Deportes.
  • Raza Deportiva – The network's first live morning show, featuring hosts based in different locations; it is hosted by football expert Rafa Ramos, (based in Los Angeles); Leo Vega and Marcelo Masanti (both based in Coral Gables); Oscar Restrepo (based in Colombia); and Elizabeth Patiño (based in Mexico City). The show airs simultaneously on ESPN Deportes television and ESPN Deportes radio weekday mornings.

Sporting events

The network has the rights to show all the events listed below but some do not air on the network due to scheduling conflicts, instead they are streamed online on ESPN Deportes+.[1][2]

Association Football

United States

American Football

National Football League (NFL)
College Football


Major League Baseball (MLB)


National Basketball Association (NBA)
College Basketball





Mixed Martial Arts

Multi-sport events


ESPN Deportes Radio

ESPN Deportes Radio launched on October 5, 2005, as the only 24-hour Spanish-language radio network aimed at U.S. Hispanic sports fans. Since its launch, the radio network has grown to include 45 affiliates nationwide, reaching close to 80% of the Hispanic population in the United States. The network is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio, and is streamed on the ESPN Deportes Radio mobile app for iOS and Android devices, and on

In addition to broadcasting live sports events, the radio network features various sports news and analysis programs (such as the football analysis program Jorge Ramos y su Banda; sports news program Raza Deportiva; morning drive talk show ESPN al Despertar; and the boxing news program A los Golpes).

ESPN also operates radio networks, stations and programs in Latin America:

  • ESPN 107.9 FM (Argentina)
  • ESPN Radio en Rivadavia (Argentina)
  • ESPN Radio Fórmula (Mexico)
  • ESPN Radio - Bío-Bío Deportes (Chile)
  • ESPN Radio El Dorado (Brazil)


Launched in September 2000, covers more than 20 different sports with news, statistics, analysis and real-time scores aimed at U.S. and Latin American readers. The website also features video and audio content; fantasy games; live event webcasts; live chats with players, ESPN experts and other sports personalities; enterprise journalism; user-generated content including message boards and "conversations", with fans able to post comments on selected news items and blogs.

ESPN Deportes La Revista

ESPN Deportes La Revista is a monthly Spanish-language magazine first published in August 2005, and distributed in conjunction with Grupo GW. ESPN Deportes La Revista offers a mix of original content targeted to the interests of U.S. Hispanics, as well as material from the English-language publication ESPN: The Magazine. The editorial section covers sports such as Major League Baseball, as well as winter baseball from the Dominican Republic, Mexico Puerto Rico and Venezuela; boxing; the NFL; international football; auto racing; and action sports. A digital edition of La Revista is available through Zinio.

ESPN Deportes + by ESPN3

ESPN Deportes +, the Spanish-language version of ESPN3, is a multi-platform sports streaming service that is expected to launch in 2014. The service provides comprehensive live sports content in Spanish available for streaming on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox Live. ESPN Deportes+ offers additional exclusive Spanish-language programming of over 200 sports events, supplementary to the content carried by the ESPN Deportes television network. The service will potentially reach approximately 7.7 million Hispanic households.


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ESPN is a Spanish language sports website launched by ESPN in 2000. Currently, it has regional editions for the Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, United States and Venezuela. The website features news, analysis and results of several sports, including association football, American football, baseball, basketball, boxing, motorsport, tennis, rugby union, golf and polo, as well as the Olympic Games and X Games. Some sections are branded, such as ESPN FC (association football) and ESPN Scrum (rugby).

Several journalists from ESPN Deportes and ESPN Latin America also appear on ESPN, including Raúl Allegre, John Sutcliffe, Ciro Procuna, Francisco Alemán, Tito Puccetti, Enrique Sacco and Martín Urruty.

According to Alexa, ESPN is ranked as the 47th most visited website in Mexico, 87th in Venezuela, 130th in Colombia, and 194th in Argentina. Also according to Alexa, 6.1% of the traffic goes to ESPN, and is the 65th most visited Spanish language website.A SDP Noticias journalist ranked ESPN as the best Spanish-language sports website, beating Fox Sports, Marca and As.

ESPN Deportes La Revista

ESPN Deportes La Revista (ISSN 1933-947X) is a Spanish language magazine that focuses on sports from a Hispanic perspective. La Revista translates to "the Magazine", and ESPN Deportes (which means ESPN Sports) is the name of a Spanish-language sports channel. Just as ESPN Deportes is meant as the Spanish language of ESPN, ESPN Deportes la Revista is meant as the Spanish language equivalent of ESPN The Magazine, although it produces original content and covers events throughout the world.

ESPN Deportes La Revista was first published in August 2005. The magazine is published by GW Publishing US LLC with offices in Miami, Florida, Puerto Rico and Mexico City.

Federico Flores Navarro is the CEO, Andoni Biurrarena is the editorial director, Jaime Olive is publisher (Mexico), Evaristo Lara is editor-in-chief, Betsie Batista is the advertising sales director, Brenda M. Tabraue-Perez is the circulation and consumer marketing manager, Juan David Cabassa is the Puerto Rico sales representative, José del Valle is staff writer, Mario Chavez Garcia is copy editor, art manager is Rodrigo Galindo, staff photographer is Tom DiPace, Photography director is David Panagua and Alberto Serralde is lead designer.

ESPN Deportes Radio

ESPN Deportes Radio is a Spanish language sports radio network created and produced by Disney-owned ESPN. Programming includes call-in talk shows and commentary from hosts about a full range of sporting events, including soccer, American football, baseball and boxing.

The network has stations in 15 states in the United States (Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin). It is also available in Puerto Rico and México's North and is available nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio on Channel 149.

It features sports news and talk in Spanish, with a special emphasis on soccer. Popular personalities on the network include Jorge Ramos, Fernando Alvarez, Hernan Pereyra, José del Valle, Kenneth Garay, Rafael Ramos Villagrana, Elmer Polanco, Armando Talavera Broderick Zerpa, Giovanni Scavia, Jairo Moncada, Noe Vazquez, Diego Cora, Humberto Carrera, José Francisco Rivera, Oscar Restrepo, Alberto "Mono" Gambetta, David Lopez, Miguel Angel Cebreros, Dionisio Estrada, Bernardo Pilatti, Guillermo Celis, Renato Bermudez, Alvaro Riet, Omar Orlando Salazar, David Faitelson, Carlos Arratia and Luis Escobar

ESPN Deportes as well as its English counterpart ESPN Radio were retained by Disney in the sale of ABC Radio to Citadel Broadcasting. Despite the separation of ownership, ESPN Radio & ESPN Deportes are still listed as part of the Cumulus Media Networks (formerly ABC Radio and Citadel Media; now, as of 2014, merged into Westwood One) family because Cumulus Media (new owners since September 16, 2011) sells the advertising time on both services.


KBMB (710 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Sports radio format. Licensed to Black Canyon City, Arizona, United States. The station is currently owned by Entravision Holdings, LLC and features programming from ESPN Deportes Radio.


KENO is a sports/talk AM radio station in Las Vegas, Nevada owned by Lotus Communications and featuring programming from the ESPN Deportes Radio network. On March 3, 2008, the station changed its format to ESPN Deportes Radio, and the previous programming was moved to KBAD 920 kHz. KBAD's programming was moved to 1100 kHz, KWWN.

Its studios are in the unincorporated community of Spring Valley in Clark County and its transmitter is northwest of downtown Las Vegas.


KGOL (branded as La Suavecita 1180) is a Humble, Texas 50,000 watt AM radio station, utilizing an Adult Contemporary music format in Spanish language. Prior to La Suavecita, KGOL utilized a Regional Mexican format as "La Tricolor", but that proved to be short lived as Entravision made sweeping changes to their stations nationwide, just after La Tricolor launches. Before La Tricolor was launched, KGOL served as Houston's ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate, however that ended in mid-September 2017, as ESPN Deportes Radio moved to KCOH, while KGOL debuted the new Regional Mexican "La Tricolor" format concurrently. The station broadcasts on AM frequency 1180 kHz, and is under ownership of Entravision Communications.


KGST (branded as ESPN Deportes 1600) is a radio station serving Fresno, California and Vicinity as an ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate. This station operates on AM frequency 1600 kHz and is under ownership of Lotus Communications. Its studios are located just north of downtown Fresno, and the transmitter tower is in the city's southwest portion.

KGST, known for much of its history as "La Mexicana," started out as a mixed-format "international" station in 1949, with programs hosted by brokers who paid for airtime. It featured programming in languages including Armenian, Portuguese, Serbian, Italian, Japanese and Spanish-language. It was the first radio station in the San Joaquin Valley with Spanish-language programming, and one of the earliest stations in California with full-time programming in Spanish. At its inception, KGST was the only independent (not affiliated with the four major networks) station in Fresno's five-station market (c.f. White's Radio Log, Fall 1949).

Juan Mercado, who got his start as the Spanish-language programming director at a Visalia station, was one of the most popular deejays at the station, becoming so successful that he was able to buy the station in 1959. Mercado died just two years later and the station was bought by a couple of men who were at the time running KLOK out of San Jose.In the mid- to late-1950s and 1960s, KGST was a rather "eclectic" mix of C&W, Blues, Jazz, and Spanish and other language programming. "Happy Harold's House of Blues" was a program fixture for many years (c.f. Fresno Bee radio logs). In that time period, KGST was "sunrise-to-sunset" with a power of 1 kW (c.f. White's Radio Log, various editions).

In 1988, KGST was bought by Lotus Corporation, which owned several stations in Arizona, California and Nevada.


KHHL (103.1 FM) is an American radio station, licensed to serve the community of Karnes City, Texas. The station broadcasts a Spanish-language sports talk format to the San Antonio area. It is managed by Alpha Media and the broadcast license is held by Alpha Media Licensee LLC. Its studios are located in Northeast San Antonio, and the transmitter site is near Yorktown, Texas.


KSAH, KSAH-FM (720 kHz, 104.1 MHz), is an American AM/FM combination radio station, serving the San Antonio metropolitan area. The AM station is licensed to Universal City, Texas, and the FM station is licensed to Pearsall, Texas. The stations are currently owned by Alpha Media and the station licenses are held by Alpha Media Licensee, LLC. KSAH-AM-FM broadcast a Spanish-language Regional Mexican music format, specializing in Norteño music.

The studios and offices are located in Northeast San Antonio. The AM station's transmitter site is south of Zuehl, Texas, off Stolte Road. KSAH is powered at 50,000 watts by day, the maximum power for commercial AM stations in the U.S. But because AM 720 is a clear channel frequency reserved for Class A WGN Chicago, KSAH must reduce power at night to 1,000 watts to avoid interference. The station uses a directional antenna around the clock.


KSLK (96.1 MHz) was a commercial FM radio station licensed to Visalia, California, and serving the Visalia-Tulare area. The station, owned by New Visalia Broadcasting, Inc., is currently off the air.

KSLK's license was cancelled by the FCC on October 25, 2013. In its last years on the air, KSLK broadcast a Spanish-language sports radio format, using programming from ESPN Deportes Radio.


KTUB (1600 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Spanish Oldies format. Licensed to Centerville, Utah, United States, it serves the Salt Lake City area. The station is owned by Alpha Media. KTUB provides Spanish language broadcasts for Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer.


KWAC (1490 AM, "ESPN Deportes 1490") is a Spanish language sports radio station serving the Bakersfield, California, area as an ESPN Deportes affiliate. This station is under ownership of Lotus Communications. Its studios are located in southwest Bakersfield, while its transmitter is located south of downtown Bakersfield.


KWKW (1330 kHz, "Radio Deportes") is an AM radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California. The station is owned by Lotus Communications, through licensee Lotus Los Angeles Corp.

KWKW was one of the first Spanish-language radio stations in the Greater Los Angeles area. Currently, the station broadcasts an all-sports format as a network affiliate of ESPN Deportes Radio.

The station operates with 5,000 watts around the clock, although at night, to avoid interfering with other stations on AM 1330, it uses a directional antenna. The studios and offices are on Barham Avenue in Los Angeles. The transmitter is off Chesapeake Avenue, also in Los Angeles.


KXDP-LP, (channel 6), is a low power television station in Denver, Colorado, owned by the Syncom Media Group and carrying a Sports format. Because the station broadcasts an analog signal on channel 6, its audio can be received at 87.75 MHz FM.


KZMP (1540 AM) is a radio station that serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It is owned by Liberman Broadcasting.


WCHR (1040 AM) is a religious radio station in Flemington, New Jersey serving Trenton, New Jersey which is owned and operated by Connoisseur Media, through licensee Connoisseur Media Licenses, LLC.


WIXC is an AM Spanish-language sports radio station licensed to Titusville, Florida, United States. It broadcasts on a medium-wave frequency of 1060 kHz. It is owned by Genesis Communications. It broadcasts from a 50 kW transmitter in Titusville, though the transmitter power is reduced to 17 kW during critical hours and further reduced in power overnight to 5 kW. Its primary service area is the northern half of Brevard County, with its main studio and transmitter in Mims, north of Titusville. A sales office formerly located in the Suntree area of Melbourne, Florida was closed.

WIXC was the Space Coast affiliate for ESPN Radio through July 31, 2008. It was also the local affiliate for the Tampa Bay Rays games, as well as NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. WIXC switched from its previous sports talk format to primarily classic country music on August 1, 2008. It dumped the classic country format after two months and before one ratings period had taken place when its LMA deal with Whiskey River Broadcasting, Inc. fell apart, and went gone to a news/talk format with a significant amount of brokered paid programming. WIXC continues to air a significant amount of sports content. It became Brevard County's flagship station for live high school football broadcasts in the fall of 2009 but lost that programming to WMEL 1300.

The WIXC call sign was previously used by FM 97.3 in Bay City, Michigan, now WMJO.

On August 9, 2015, WIXC became AM 1060 WMEL. On October 31, 2016 at noon, WIXC returned to the NewsTalk 1060 brand when "WMEL" moved its programming to WWBC AM 1510.On February 4, 2019, WIXC flipped to a Regional Mexican format, in a trimulcast with WTMP-FM and WMGG. Just over a month later, WIXC split away from the trimulcast, picking up Spanish-language sports ESPN Deportes Radio.


WKRS (1220 AM, "ESPN Deportes 1220") is a radio station broadcasting a Spanish Sports format. Licensed to Waukegan, Illinois, United States, the station is currently owned by Alpha Media, through licensee Alpha Media Licensee LLC, and features programming from ESPN Deportes Radio. Its studios and transmitter are separately located in Waukegan.


WNMA (1210 AM) is a radio station licensed to Miami Springs, Florida, and serves the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. It is the newest bilingual talk radio station in the South Florida market. The daily programming consists of English and Spanish shows.

The station is owned by Cielo Media.It broadcasts with 47,000 watts in the day, and 2,500 watts at night. The signal can be received from as far north as Jupiter to as far south as the upper Florida keys. The nighttime directional pattern of WNMA protects 1210 in Philadelphia, a Class A 50,000 watt station.

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