Telemundo Deportes

Telemundo Deportes is the programming division of the NBC Sports Group, owned by the NBCUniversal Television Group division of NBCUniversal, that is responsible for the production of sports events and magazine programs that air on NBCUniversal's Spanish language television networks Telemundo and Universo. Originating as the former's sports division Deportes Telemundo from 1999 to 2015, it broadcasts an array of sports events, including the association football matches from various international football leagues and the Olympic Games, among others.

Telemundo Deportes
NBC Deportes
(as Deportes Telemundo)
May 12, 2015
(as NBC Deportes)
July 25, 2016
(as Telemundo Deportes)[1]
Division ofNBC Sports Group
Country of originUnited States
Key peopleRay Warren (President, Telemundo Deportes)
Eli Velazquez (executive vice president, Telemundo Deportes)[2]
Robert Pardo (Vice President of Production Operations, Telemundo Deportes)
Claudio Prizont (Editorial Director, Telemundo Deportes)
Christopher Suarez-Meyers (Director of Operations, Telemundo Deportes)
Gary Zenkel (President, NBC Olympics and Operations, Strategy, NBC Sports Group
Mark Lazarus (chairman, NBC Sports Group)
HeadquartersMiami, Florida
Stamford, Connecticut[3]
Major broadcasting contractsFIFA World Cup
FIFA Women's World Cup
Premier League
FormatSports programming
Original Language(s)Spanish


Origins as Deportes Telemundo

Deportes Telemundo
Former logo as Deportes Telemundo, used from 2002 to 2015.

The division was originally formed in 1987 as Deportes Telemundo, which at first exclusively served as the sports division of Telemundo, with the acquisition of rights to football matches to select teams from the Mexican Primera División (now Liga MX). Following NBC's $2.7 billion purchase of Telemundo Communications Group on October 11, 2001, Deportes Telemundo began to gradually be integrated into NBC Sports, although it would maintain sports programming rights separate from the main NBC broadcast network and its sister cable channels.[4] Under NBC (which ironically lost the rights to the league that year to ABC), On August 20, 2002, Telemundo signed a three-year agreement with the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Spanish language broadcast rights to 15 NBA and up to ten WNBA regular season games; Telemundo and the NBA did not renew the deal upon its expiration following the 2004–05 season.[5][6]

On August 12, 2009, the division's production responsibilities were extended to sister cable network mun2 (now NBC Universo), when it carried an English language broadcast of a World Cup qualifier between the United States and Mexico national teams, which was broadcast as part of a one-day free preview available to most cable and satellite providers though was presented by NBC Sports;[7] and furthermore in January 2010, when mun2 began airing Liga MX games under the brand Fútbol Mexicano (most of which aired as English language simulcasts of Telemundo's Fútbol Estelar soccer telecasts).

On October 28, 2012, NBC Sports also announced a three-year, $250 million deal to televise Premier League matches, giving Telemundo and mun2 the Spanish language rights (with the latter simulcasting games broadcast in English on NBCSN) beginning with the 2013–14 season, replacing ESPN and Fox Soccer as the league's U.S. broadcasters;[8] prior to the arrangement, NBC had proposed Telemundo for use as a Spanish-language simulcast partner for select sporting events for years after the 2001 purchase.

On July 23, 2013, NBC Sports announced that Telemundo and mun2 would broadcast both NASCAR's regional and national series in Spanish (to which Fox and NBC held English language rights, with NBC acquiring the rights to the series through a new rights deal with NASCAR), beginning with the 2015 NASCAR season. NASCAR subsequently accelerated the start of the deal, allowing mun2 to carry the Toyota Series, a season-opening Mexican championship race sanctioned by NASCAR, live from Phoenix International Raceway during the weekend of the Profit on CNBC 500 on February 28, 2014.[9][10][11]

On October 22, 2011, Deportes Telemundo acquired the Spanish language rights to broadcast the FIFA Men's and Women's World Cup for around $600 million, replacing Univision as the tournament's Spanish language broadcaster, which began carrying the World Cup tournaments in 1978 (Fox acquired the English language U.S. broadcast rights through a separate agreement). The deal, which began with the 2015 Women's World Cup and runs through 2026, includes rights to associated FIFA-sanctioned tournaments (including the Men's Under 20 and Under 17 World Cups, and the Men's Beach Soccer World Cup), which will be telecast on Telemundo and NBC Universo; the deal was extended on February 12, 2015, to include rights to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.[12][13][14]

Through NBC's rights agreement with the National Football League (NFL), mun2 carried a Spanish simulcast of a Thanksgiving matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers on November 27, 2014; on February 1, 2015, the rebranded NBC Universo served as the Spanish-language broadcaster of Super Bowl XLIX (which NBC held rights to broadcast that year). On January 13, 2015, NBCUniversal promoted Deportes Telemundo senior vice president of sports Eli Velázquez to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Sports within the company's Hispanic Enterprises and Content unit, following the departure of the sports division's executive vice president Jorge Hidalgo (whose position was eliminated as part of restructuring of the division).[2]

Reorganization with NBC Sports

On May 16, 2015, during Telemundo's 2015–16 upfront presentation in New York City, it was announced that Deportes Telemundo would be replaced by a new division initially known as NBC Deportes; the new division was formed as a branch of the English-language NBC Sports division, and be responsible for sports content for Telemundo, NBC Universo and related digital platforms. While it retained all existing sports telecast rights and programs aired by both Telemundo and NBC Universo, the latter network also began to expand its sports coverage, primarily in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics and the start of the division's contract with FIFA—whose first events included the 2015 U-20 World Cup and Women's World Cup.[15][16][17]

It was announced in August 2015 that the division would migrate its operations from Telemundo's headquarters in Hialeah, Florida, to NBC Sports Group's facility in Stamford, Connecticut, in a phased process that was expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2016. Around 70 employees, including production staff and on-air talent, were given a month to decide if they want to remain with NBC Deportes and relocate to Stamford, providing relocation packages to employees who opt to move and severance packages to employees who chose not to move and are unable to find other jobs within NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content; most positions within NBC Deportes that were based in the Hialeah offices – with the exception of digital staff, some tech operators employed with the sports unit and production and on-air staff for the late-night magazine program Titulares y Más, which will remain at the Telemundo headquarters – were eliminated in the move, necessitating the employee offers. Around 30 additional staffing positions were expected to be added alongside the existing employees upon the move to Stamford, while the division will invest heavily in the division's infrastructure and sets for its news and analysis programs.[3]

Programs throughout the years

Telemundo Deportes holds the sports broadcast rights to several sporting events (with much of its programming available through agreements with association football leagues and organizations) for broadcast on Telemundo and Universo, and also produces sports news, magazine and analysis programs that mostly air on Telemundo. It also produces several specials in conjunction with organizations to which NBC Sports maintains programming agreement such as the National Football League (NFL).

Current broadcast rights

Events which are held by NBC Sports for their English language channels are designated in Italics.

American football
Association football
Olympic Games
Other programming
  • Boxeo Telemundo (1987–present)
  • Ritmo Deportivo (2002–present)
  • Rumbo Al Mundial (1987–present)
  • Titulares Telemundo (1999–present)
  • Titulares Y Mas (2008–present)

Former programs

American Football

Notable personalities



  • Argentina Andres Cantor
  • Cuba Alejandro López
  • Mexico Carlos Yustis
  • Honduras Copán Alvarez
  • Dominican Republic Félix de Jesús
  • Puerto Rico Edgar Lopez
  • Puerto Rico Omar Amador
  • Peru Sammy Sadovnik
  • Venezuela Erasmo Provenza



  • MexicoJapan Kaziro Aoyama
  • Mexico Miguel Gurwitz

Studio hosts

  • Argentina Rosina Grosso
  • Honduras Ana Jurka
  • Mexico Karim Mendiburu
  • Mexico Leti Coo


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  17. ^ Cynthia Littleton (November 4, 2014). "Spanish-Language Cabler Mun2 to Relaunch as NBC Universo". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 7, 2015.

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Andrés Cantor

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Carlos Hermosillo

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Cesar Conde

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During the 2011–12 season, Sunday Night Football became the first live sports competition to hold the position as Nielsen's most-watched program on U.S. network television during the year, beating American Idol, which held that honor for eight consecutive seasons beginning in 2004; Sunday Night Football repeated this feat three years running, beginning with the 2013–14 season.

As of 2019, Al Michaels serves as the play-by-play announcer for the broadcasts, with Cris Collinsworth as the color commentator and Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter. Upon NBC's assumption of the Sunday prime time game rights, Fred Gaudelli and Drew Esocoff, who serve as the respective lead producer and director, joined Sunday Night Football in the same positions they held during the latter portion of the ABC era of Monday Night Football. John Madden, the color commentator for the first three years of the program, retired prior to the 2009 season; he was succeeded in that role by Collinsworth.

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Super Bowl LII

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Several records were set during Super Bowl LII, including most yards gained in an NFL game by both teams combined (1,151), fewest punts from both teams in a Super Bowl (one), and most points scored by a Super Bowl losing team (33). The game was settled after the Eagles converted a fumble recovery deep within Patriots territory to a field goal with 1:05 remaining to extend their lead to eight points, and Brady's Hail Mary pass fell incomplete as time expired. Foles, who completed 28 of 43 pass attempts for 373 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, and also caught a one-yard touchdown pass on a trick play, was named Super Bowl MVP. Foles' touchdown catch later became known as the Philly Special and joined NFL lore alongside his unexpected performance.

The broadcast of the game on NBC had the smallest Super Bowl audience in nine years, with an average of 103.4 million viewers. Average TV viewership for the halftime show, headlined by Justin Timberlake, was 106.6 million American television viewers, 9 percent less than the previous year.

Universo (TV network)

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Aimed at Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 49, the majority of its programming – which is tailored toward bilingual audiences – consists mainly of sports, scripted and reality series, and music programming. The network is headquartered in Miami Springs, Florida, while its master control operations are housed at the CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, which serves as master control facilities for most of NBCUniversal's cable networks.

The network was founded by Empresas 1BC as GEMS Television. In 2001, the network was acquired by Telemundo and re-branded as mun2. The network was renamed NBC Universo in February 2015 to align it with Telemundo's sister English-language network NBC. As of February 2015, NBC Universo's programming was available to approximately 39.326 million pay television households (33.8% of cable, satellite and telco customers with at least one television set) in the United States.In January 2017, the "NBC" brand was dropped from the network's on-air branding; the network is now simply titled "Universo."

Yoav Goren

Yoav Goren (Hebrew: יואב גורן‎) is an Israeli-American musician, composer, and record producer specializing in soundtracks and trailer music for films and television series. He was one of the founders of Immediate Music, 1 Revolution Music, and Imperativa Records.

Born in Israel, Goren was raised in New York City by an artistic family that encouraged him to study piano at a young age. He was influenced initially by classical composers, then by the Beatles and by film composers Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, and John Barry. He began composing while studying at New York University, where he graduated with a degree in Film & Television Production.

After touring with several bands in the US as a keyboardist, Goren settled in Los Angeles, California where he met and collaborated with Leonard Cohen on the critically acclaimed album The Future (1992) as arranger and co-producer.

In 1993, Goren co-founded Immediate Music with fellow composer Jeffrey Fayman. From his first trailer score for “Carlito’s Way” in 1993 to recent campaigns for films such as “Star Wars”, “Captain Marvel”, “Wonder Woman”, “Avengers”, “X-Men”, “Amazing Spider Man”, and the complete “Harry Potter” series, Goren and Immediate Music have provided music to motion picture studios through both custom scoring and the Immediate Music production music library. With over 6,000 trailer score placements to date, the team of Goren and Fayman are among the world’s most frequently utilized composers in the motion picture advertising industry. Building upon the success of Immediate Music, Goren collaborated again with Fayman to co-found the company 1 Revolution Music in 2010 which produced a production music catalog for licensed use in television programming and other media. Both Immediate Music and 1 Revolution Music were acquired by BMG Rights Management in 2017, and Goren now oversees Immediate Music and 1 Revolution releases for BMG Production Music.

In 2006 Goren launched Imperativa Records, a commercial record label specializing in the music genre known as Epic Music. Notable artists and releases include Globus Music and the Immediate Trailerhead series.

Goren received an Emmy Award in 2007 for ‘Outstanding Music Composition in a Sports Program,’ and a BMI Award in 2008, for his contribution to “The XX Olympic Winter Games: The Stories of Torino” during NBC's XX Olympic Winter Games broadcast. Goren was also tapped by Telemundo Deportes to compose the official theme song of Telemundo’s 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP™ BROADCAST.

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