Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced that it has acquired exclusive U.S. television and digital rights to the home games of four additional Liga Mexicana teams: Toluca, Pumas de la UNAM, Monterrey and current Apertura season 2011 champions Tigres de la UANL, in addition to its rights to América, Pachuca, Estudiantes Tecos, Santos, San Luis, Queretaro, Atlas and Atlante. Univision Deportes now counts on exclusive rights to the home games for 12 of the 18 teams within the Liga Mexicana, resulting in a total of 204 matches for the year, plus liguilla (playoff) matches.
“This acquisition solidifies Univision Deportes’ position as the premiere destination of sports content for Hispanics,” said Alexander “Sandy” Brown, president of Sports, Univision Communications Inc. “With exclusive rights to more than double the amount of Liga Mexicana matches than any other network in the U.S., Univision is offering more soccer programming and comprehensive coverage than ever before.”
Throughout the season, Univision Deportes will feature a robust weekend lineup of Liga Mexicana games, which includes away games for the rest of the Liga Mexicana teams – Chivas de Guadalajara, Cruz Azul, Puebla, Jaguares, Tijuana and Morelia. Every weekend at least five matches will be broadcast across Univision, Galavisión and TeleFutura. Each Liga Mexicana match will also feature more live in-depth coverage with field reporters commentating from the sidelines.
Kicking off the Liga Mexicana Clausura season on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, Galavisión will broadcast the Monterrey vs. Jaguares match, while TeleFutura will bring the Queretaro vs. América match, both at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT/3 p.m. PT. As the lead in to Univision’s weekly Liga Mexicana match, which will air every Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT/10 a.m. PT, the two-hour sports entertainment program “República Deportiva” (Sports Republic) will be broadcast at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT/12 p.m. PT
Moreover on every Friday, Univision Radio’s national sports talk show “Locura Deportiva” (Sports Madness) features commentary on the latest in Liga Mexicana soccer with Pablo Ramirez and Jesus Bracamontes. Hosted by Rafa Hernandez, the two-hour program can be heard every Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT/4 p.m. PT and every Sunday at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT/2 p.m. PT.
In addition to Liga Mexicana, Univision Deportes’ other soccer properties include: 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil™ and the qualifiers starting in June of 2012, Major League Soccer, U.S. National Soccer Team, Mexican National Soccer Team, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, CONMEBOL Copa America, FIFA 2013 Confederations Cup, FIFA Under-20 World Championships, FIFA Under-17 World Championships and FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Live online streaming of select soccer matches will be available in the U.S. and Puerto Rico at UnivisionDeportes.com, featuring a Facebook plug-in with real-time commentary from fans. The site also provides in-depth coverage as the matches unfold, including online video game highlights, stats and more. Soccer fans can also access real-time updates, scores and stats by downloading the Univision Deportes-Fútbol (Sports-Soccer) and the Univision Marcador (Scoreboard) Apps on their Smartphones. Game updates are also available on Facebook.com/UnivisionDeportes and on Twitter via @UnivisionFutbol and @UnivisionSports.
Throughout the year, UnivisionDeportes.com is the definitive source for Hispanics to turn to for comprehensive soccer and sports coverage. From live streaming of top soccer tournaments, to action-packed boxing and the latest from the MLB, NBA, NFL and more.