Fox Sports en Español Acquires Exclusive Spanish-Language Rights to Brazilian National Team...

Fox Sports en Español Acquires Exclusive Spanish-Language Rights to Brazilian National Team Friendly Matches Through 2008

Spanish-Language Sports Network Sublicenses Programming from Fox Soccer ChannelCoverage Resumes November 15 with Five-Time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil on the Pitch against Switzerland


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Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–October 23, 2006–As part of a three-year sublicense agreement with Fox Sports International’s Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports en Español today announced it has acquired the exclusive Spanish-language television rights to approximately 12 Brazilian National Team friendly matches through 2008. The deal, which includes U.S. and Caribbean territory television, high-definition and video-on-demand rights, gives Fox Sports en Español two matches in 2006, as well as approximately five matches each year in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Fox Sports en Español aired the first match between Brazil and Ecuador prior to announcing this deal on Tuesday, October 10; Brazil reduced Ecuador to ten men, capitalizing on the man advantage to win 2-1. Live and exclusive Spanish-language coverage resumes Wednesday, November 15 with five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil on the pitch against Switzerland. A complete telecast schedule will be announced at a later date and made available online at fse.tv.

“Unquestionably one of the world’s soccer powerhouses, Brazil is among Latino sports fans’ favorite teams alongside Mexico and Argentina,” said David Sternberg, executive vice president and general manager of Fox Sports en Español. “We are delighted to be able to offer our viewers unprecedented access to what we anticipate will be some of the most anticipated and highest caliber matches over the next three years.”

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, CONCACAF Copa de Campeones, InterLiga(TM) 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 9 million cable and satellite households in the country of which 4 million are U.S. Hispanic households.

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.

Fox Sports en Español Acquires Exclusive Spanish-Language Rights to Brazilian National Team Friendly Matches Through 2008