ESPN Deportes Acquires Exclusive Spanish-language Rights to the 2008 Caribbean Series

ESPN Deportes Acquires Exclusive Spanish-language Rights to the 2008 Caribbean Series

Live Coverage February 2 - 7, 2008


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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR
WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–January 10, 2008–ESPN Deportes and Cultiva Entertainment
have reached an agreement that makes ESPN Deportes the exclusive Spanish-language
home in the U.S. to the 2008 Caribbean Series when it is held in Santiago, Dominican
Republic February 2 – 7.

Under the terms of the agreement,
ESPN Deportes will offer exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the six-day
tournament beginning with the opening game between the Dominican Republic and
Venezuela at 3 p.m. ET. For the first time in its history, the Caribbean Series
will be played in its totality in Santiago at Cibao stadium, home to Aguilas
Cibaenas, one of the most prolific teams in winter baseball. In 1976, Santiago
was the host city for two of the 12-game series. To date, the Dominican Republic
has been the host of seven Caribbean Series (1972, 1976, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000,
2004), all in Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

“The Caribbean Series
is the pinnacle of the winter baseball season and is without question considered
one of the most popular baseball events among our core audience,” said
Lino Garcia, general manager, ESPN Deportes. “By adding this property to
our roster of winter baseball programming which already includes all the active
leagues in the confederation, we seal our coverage of winter baseball with a
grand slam.”

“The 2008 Caribbean
Series will be celebrating its 50th edition in the Dominican Republic,”
said Juan Francisco Puello, Commissioner, Caribbean Confederation of Professional
Ballplayers. “We take pride in joining forces with a sports leader like
ESPN Deportes to bring the celebration home to fans in the United States.”

Since 1949, the Caribbean
Series, a 12-game round robin tournament between the best team of Mexico, Dominican
Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, has crowned a champion nation. The tournament
has served as a platform to showcase the best competition of Winter League Baseball.
Major League Players who have participated in Winter League baseball include
legends such as Roberto Clemente, Fernando Valenzuela, David Concepcion and
Juan Marichal. Current players who have developed their skills in Winter League
ball include Johan Santana, Carlos Beltran, Robinson Cano, and Miguel Cabrera,
among others.

This season the Puerto Rican
League recessed from play in Winter League Baseball, therefore the Dominican
Republic league will feature two representative teams in the upcoming tournament.
Puerto Rico is expected to re-join the tournament next year.

This season ESPN Deportes
televised more than 50 games of the winter leagues from the Dominican Republic,
Mexico and Venezuela.

Championships Series
to date:

— Dominican Republic (1970
to date) – 15 Championships
— Puerto Rico (1949 to date) – 14 Championships
— Cuba (1949 – 1960) – 7 Championships
— Venezuela (1949 to date) – 6 Championships
— Mexico (1971 to date) – 5 Championships
— Panama (1949 to 1960) – 1 Championship

About ESPN DEPORTES

ESPN DEPORTES is the leading
multimedia, Spanish-language sports brand dedicated to providing the widest
variety of sports to the U.S. Hispanic sports fan via television, online, print,
radio and wireless. Sports media assets include ESPN Deportes television which
offers unparalleled Spanish-language sports programming, featuring more than
1400 live and/or original hours of sports programming presented annually; ESPN
Deportes Radio, the only around-the-clock Spanish-language sports radio network
in the U.S., and currently available in 10 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic radio
markets and also distributed on SIRIUS Satellite Radio; ESPN Deportes La Revista,
the first general sports Spanish-language magazine in the U.S.; ESPNdeportes.com
(http://www.espndeportes.com), the #1 Spanish-language sports Web site among
Spanish-preferred fans in the U.S.; and ESPN Deportes Wireless, the brand’s
emerging business which offers Spanish-language sports content to fans to text
message enabled phones.

About Cultiva Entertainment

Cultiva Entertainment is
the exclusive licensing agent for the Caribbean Confederation of Professional
Ballplayers. Cultiva Entertainment is experienced in creating, producing and
marketing Latino Entertainment. For more information on Cultiva log onto http://www.cultivaentertainment.com.
For official information on Winter League Baseball and the Caribbean World Series
log on to http://www.ebeisbol.com.

               
2008 CARIBBEAN SERIES on ESPN Deportes

  (Dominican Republic will feature two representative teams due to
             
Puerto Rico’s recess from winter baseball)

Date        
   Time (ET)    Country

———————————————————————-
Sat., Feb. 2    3 p.m.       Dominican
Republic vs. Venezuela
                7
p.m.       Mexico vs. Dominican Republic

Sun., Feb. 3    3
p.m.       Dominican Republic vs. Mexico
             
  7 p.m.       Dominican Republic vs.
Venezuela

Mon., Feb. 4    3
p.m.       Venezuela vs. Mexico
             
  7 p.m.       Dominican Republic vs.
Dominican Republic

Tue., Feb. 5    3
p.m.       Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic
             
  7 p.m.       Dominican Republic vs.
Mexico

Wed., Feb. 6    3
p.m.       Mexico vs. Dominican Republic
             
  7 p.m.       Venezuela vs. Dominican
Republic

Thur., Feb. 7  
3 p.m.       Mexico vs. Venezuela
             
  7 p.m.       Dominican Republic vs.
Dominican Republic

ESPN Deportes Acquires Exclusive Spanish-language Rights to the 2008 Caribbean Series