LOS ANGELES–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 17, 2003–Fox Sports en Español has added more than three hundred hours of new programming in 2003 that will be highlighted by the much anticipated South American soccer tournament, Copa Toyota Libertadores. The six-month club tournament will kick off on Tuesday, February 4 at 3:00 p.m. PT/6:00 p.m. ET with its opening match featuring Gremio of Brazil and Mexico’s UNAM Pumas. Fox Sports en Español has secured the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to all Copa Toyota Libertadores matches through 2007.
Copa Toyota Libertadores will feature 32 club teams from ten participating countries including Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Colombia and Uruguay. A total of 128 matches will be played between February and July in 22 cities.
The network also recently launched its new boxing series, Boxeo de Campeones (Championship Boxing), on January 13. The 24-event series is being produced by Kingfish Boxing Productions and is being rotated into Fox Sports en Español’s current Monday night boxing telecasts scheduled at 8:00 p.m. PT/11:00 p.m. ET. Boxeo de Campeones will run for the duration of the year on Fox Sports en Español adding 48 hours of live boxing to the network’s program schedule.
“We are very pleased to ring in 2003 with a tremendous line-up of big event programming tailored to the interests of Latino sports fans across the U.S. Each event has a loyal fan base that will enjoy many hours a week of live, quality sports programming on Fox Sports en Español,” said David Sternberg, General Manager of Fox Sports en Español.
The Caribbean World Series, baseball’s prelude to spring training, returns for its third consecutive appearance on the network with two games opening the 2003 series on Sunday, February 2 beginning at 12 noon PT/3:00 p.m. ET. The 11-game series will broadcast direct from Puerto Rico and will conclude on Friday, February 7.
Fox Sports en Español is available through affiliated cable systems and through DIRECTV and Dish Network satellite providers. Fox Sports en Español is distributed by Fox Cable Networks Group and operated by Fox Pan American Sports LLC, an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, Fox Entertainment Group (NYSE:FOX) and News Corporation’s (NYSE:NWS) Fox Sports International, and Liberty Media Corporation. For more information visit Fox Sports en Español online at http://www.fse.terra.com.
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