FOX Deportes has secured the U.S. Spanish-language television rights for the 2010 season’s final four races and full-season package in 2011 and 2012, it was announced today by Vincent Cordero, the network’s executive vice president & general manager. The first event to be televised live by FOX Deportes this year is the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, Oct. 10 (1:00 AM ET), followed by the Korean Grand Prix (Oct. 24), the Brazilian Grand Prix (Nov. 7) and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Nov. 14). In addition to race coverage, FOX Deportes is also planning to cover qualifying for each event.
“Formula One™ racing is one of the most popular sports on the international stage,” said Cordero. “We’re excited to be adding four races this year and full coverage in 2011 and 2012 to the FOX Deportes schedule. F1™ is world-class programming that is sure to resonate with our U.S. Latino audience, particularly with the 2011 debut of Mexican driver Sergio Perez who will race for the BMW Sauber Team.”
The battle for the Formula One™ world championship this season is as tight as it’s ever been, with Australian Mark Webber (Red Bull/Renault) holding an 11 point lead (202-191) over hard-charging Spaniard, Fernando Alonso (Ferrari). Webber boasts wins in Spain, Monaco, Great Britain and Hungary, eight podiums and 14 points finishes this season. Alonso, hot on Webber’s tail, has victories in Bahrain, Germany, Italy and Singapore, seven podiums and 12 points finishes.
As the season winds down and with the championship far from decided, the circuit heads to legendary Suzuka Circuit in Nagoya, Japan this weekend. In addition to live race coverage early Sunday morning, FOX Deportes carries qualifying, live from Nagoya on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1:00 AM ET. The track is widely considered one of the best on the calendar; and features its own theme park. Fernando Tornello is the lead race announcer and is joined by analysts Juan Fazzini and Adrián Puente.
FOX Deportes joins sister networks SPEED and FOX Sports as U.S. outlets for Formula One™ racing. This season, SPEED, the exclusive U.S. English-language cable outlet for 15 years, airs 15 races live, complete with practice and qualifying coverage, and for the fourth year, FOX Sports carried coverage of the Canadian, European, Great Britain and German events.
About FOX Deportes
Reaching more than 18 million cable and satellite households in the country, of which almost 6 million are U.S. Hispanic, FOX Deportes is the leader in Spanish-language sports media. FOX Deportes features premier soccer programming with exclusive coverage of Fútbol Liga Mexicana, Barclays Premier League, Italian Serie A, UEFA Champions League, Copa Santander Libertadores and Copa Nissan Sudamericana; coverage of the Major League Baseball regular season, All-Star Game, National League Championship Series and World Series; Top Rank Boxing, UFC® and mixed-martial arts across four compelling media platforms. Boasting more than 2,100 hours of live and exclusive programming, a robust web site brimming with streaming video and portable content from FSE Móvil, FOX Deportes is the first name in the U.S. Hispanic sports space.
FOX Deportes, a network within the Fox Sports Media Group, is distributed by Fox Networks Group and operated by Fox Pan American Sports LLC, an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by HM Capital Partners, LLC and News Corporation’s (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) Fox Sports International. For more information, visit FOX Deportes online at www.foxsportsla.msn.com.
(Source: FOX Deportes)