Major League Baseball All-Star Game Returns To Fox Sports En Español for...

Major League Baseball All-Star Game Returns To Fox Sports En Español for Third Consecutive Year

Exclusive Spanish-Language Telecast of Midsummer Classic to Air Live Tuesday, July 11 at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT; Half-Hour Pre-Game Show Kicks Off at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT


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Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 29, 2006–For the third year in a row, Fox Sports en Español will bring the excitement of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game to Spanish-speaking audiences throughout the United States. This year’s 77th Annual Midsummer Classic between the stars of the American and National Leagues will air exclusively live in Spanish on Tuesday, July 11, from Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, starting with pre-game commentary at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

The network’s exclusive telecast is supported by more than 10 advertisers, led by General Motor’s Chevrolet Division as the telecast’s title sponsor. Fox Sports en Español acquired the exclusive Spanish-language rights for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2004 via a three-year sublicense agreement with Fox Broadcasting Company, similar to the arrangement under which the all-sports Spanish-language cable network has televised the MLB postseason since 2001.

“We are proud to be the only U.S. TV network to once again offer Latino sports fans live Spanish-language coverage of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game,” said David Sternberg, executive vice president and general manager of Fox Sports en Español. “Over the past two years, our telecasts of the Midsummer Classic have registered consistent ratings and advertising revenue growth thanks to the popularity of baseball among Latinos. With more than 55 players of Hispanic origin nominated to participate this year, we will not only bring our viewers closer to their favorite players and teams, but will also offer the perfect lead-in to our exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the MLB playoffs and World Series in October.”

The half-hour pre-game show will be hosted by Fox Sports en Español commentator and former Houston Astros and Oakland A’s slugger José Tolentino, alongside Luís Rodríguez. Pepe Mantilla and Francisco Rivera will share play-by-play and color commentary responsibilities during the game.

While the National League holds an overall 40-34 advantage over the American League in the All-Star Game, the American League has emerged victorious each year since 1997, with the exception of a tie in 2002.

About Fox Sports en Español

Fox Sports en Español features more than 1,500 hours of live, exclusive sports programming in Spanish and, with few exceptions, English SAP each year, including the Copa Toyota Libertadores, Copa Nissan Sudamericana, InterLiga and the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournaments; the Major League Baseball playoffs, All-Star Game and World Series; and Championship boxing from Mexico and the U.S. The channel reaches more than 7 million cable and satellite households in the U.S.

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 and News Corporation’s (NYSE: NWS) Fox Sports International. For more information, visit Fox Sports en Español online at fse.tv.

Major League Baseball All-Star Game Returns To Fox Sports En Español for Third Consecutive Year