New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–January 22, 2008–ESPN and SCP Worldwide (SCP), the New York based sports, media and entertainment company, have reached a new agreement for television rights in the U.S. to the prestigious 2010 South American World Cup Qualifying tournament (SAWCQ), it was announced today.
Under the terms of the agreement, ESPN Deportes, the company’s Spanish-language network in the U.S., will air a total of 70 games – 14 live. ESPN Deportes will air select live and replay games each round. In addition, ESPN Deportes will produce, distribute and assist SCP in marketing the property utilizing its expansive expertise and outreach in the U.S. The deal also features an extensive package of Friendly matches in 2008 and 2009 showcasing South American teams. Additionally, ESPN Deportes will also carry official highlights show for the tournament, providing a complete re-cap of each round. The network will also air a preview show each round and provide extensive coverage of the South American World Cup Qualifiers across news and information shows led by SportsCenter, Fuera de Juego and Cronometro.
“This deal underscores ESPN Deportes’ commitment to soccer fans in the U.S.,” said Lino Garcia, general manager, ESPN Deportes. “The World Cup is the pinnacle of soccer competition and we’re delighted to be able to offer comprehensive coverage of teams from South America as they face off to represent their countries in this magnificent event.”
The agreement also includes an additional programming component that will allow SCP, who owns the MLS franchise Real Salt Lake and the U.S. media rights to international soccer powerhouse Real Madrid, to produce and deliver added soccer related content to ESPN Deportes.
“This agreement with ESPN exemplifies the value that this property and soccer overall possess,” said Chris Bevilacqua, partner, SCP Worldwide. “We look forward to working closely with them to utilize their resources as we tap into the robust community this tournament obviously appeals to. Additionally, this agreement also gives us the unique ability to further develop related content that we either own or will create and will program on one of the most respected and influential networks in the business.”
ESPN Deportes Radio, the only around-the-clock Spanish-language radio network in the U.S., will also provide live coverage of the South American World Cup Qualifying tournament. The radio network acquired exclusive Spanish-language rights in 2007.
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 11 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 (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 SCP Worldwide
Based in New York City, SCP Worldwide is a sports, media and entertainment company with worldwide assets that is owned and operated by David W. Checketts and his partners, Mike McCarthy, Ken Munoz, Chris Bevilacqua, Dean Howes and Alan Pace. Together they form an experienced management team with a proven track record in the sports, entertainment, media and financial fields with a combined impressive resume which includes Madison Square Garden and its cable networks MSG, FSN New York, the first-ever college sports network, CSTV, the first-ever college conference network, the MTN and financial stalwart Lehman Brothers.
SCP Worldwide’s growing cadre of properties include: the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center and Kiel Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri; Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake and Sports Radio KALL 700 AM in Salt Lake City, Utah; a controlling interest in New York City based Running Subway, a live entertainment company which once again produced “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” on Broadway this past Holiday Season; and heralded television and broadband production company, Tupelo-Honey Productions. In addition, SCP Worldwide has a long-term marketing partnership with world renowned soccer club Real Madrid.
SCP Worldwide is also constructing a soccer-specific stadium with related entertainment elements in Sandy, Utah.