ESPN Deportes to Showcase Exclusive Coverage of 2005 FIBA Americas Championship; Legendary...

ESPN Deportes to Showcase Exclusive Coverage of 2005 FIBA Americas Championship; Legendary Puerto Rican Basketball Player Jose ‘Piculin’ Ortiz Signed as Commentator



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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR
WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–August. 23, 2005–ESPN DEPORTES, the 24-hour Spanish-language
sports network, will feature exclusive, live coverage of the 2005 FIBA Americas
Championship. The event, which starts on August 24 and culminates on September
4 in the Dominican Republic, will present ten of the best basketball teams in
our hemisphere battle for one of the four available spots for the 2006 FIBA World
Championship to be held in Japan.

In addition, Jose "Piculin"
Ortiz, legendary Puerto Rican basketball superstar and center of the Cangrejeros
de Santurce (Santurce Crabbers basketball team), has been signed to provide
commentary and analysis of the games of the Puerto Rican National Team. Ortiz
dominated the NCAA in the 80’s before playing in the NBA and in the Euroleague.
Joining Piculin for play-by-play will be veteran ESPN Deportes announcer Alvaro
Martin and Carlos Morales (analysis), former coach of the Puerto Rico National
Basketball Team.

In addition, Ortiz will
also act as reporter for coverage of the championship on ESPN Deportes Radio
and will participate in chats on ESPNdeportes.com.

ESPN Deportes will offer
onsite telecast of 13 games, featuring each of the 10 teams in the tournament
– Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico,
United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. In addition, ESPN Deportes will also televise
the semifinals and the finals.

TEAMS:

Group A

Brazil, Canada, Panama,
United States, Venezuela

Group B

Argentina, Dominican Republic,
Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay

ESPN Deportes has secured
distribution agreements with seven of the ten largest cable operators in the
U.S., including Adelphia, Cablevision, Charter, Cox, Insight, Cable One, and
with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). ESPN Deportes affiliates
serve many of the largest U.S. Hispanic markets including Los Angeles, New York,
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Phoenix, Denver,
and San Diego.

To watch ESPN Deportes,
viewers are encouraged to call their local cable or satellite provider or call
toll free 1800-DEPORTES (1-800-337-6783).

ESPN DEPORTES TELECAST SCHEDULE

DATE                   
TIME        TEAMS

Wednesday, August 24   
5:00 p.m.   USA vs. Panama

Wednesday, August 24  
 10:00 p.m.  Argentina vs. Mexico

Thursday, August 25   
 12:30 a.m.  Uruguay vs. Dominican Republic

Thursday, August 25    
7:00 p.m.   Brazil vs. USA

Thursday, August 25    
9:00 p.m.   Puerto Rico vs. Argentina

Friday, August 26      
4:30 p.m.   USA vs. Canada

Friday, August 26      
7:00 p.m.   Uruguay vs. Puerto Rico

Friday, August 26      
9:30 p.m.   Dominican Republic vs. Mexico

Saturday, August 27    
1:00 p.m.   Argentina vs. Uruguay

Saturday, August 27    
4:30 p.m.   Venezuela vs. USA

Saturday, August 27    
9:30 p.m.   Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

Sunday, August 28      
1:30 p.m.   Brazil vs. Canada

Monday, August 29      
5:00 p.m.   Mexico vs. Puerto Rico

Monday, August 29      
7:00 p.m.   Dominican Republic vs. Argentina

Tuesday, August 30     
2:00 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Tuesday, August 30     
4:30 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Tuesday, August 30     
7:00 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Tuesday, August 30     
9:30 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Wednesday, August 31   
2:00 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Wednesday, August 31   
4:30 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Wednesday, August 31  
 10:00 p.m.  FIBA Americas Championship

Thursday, September 1 
 12:30 a.m.  FIBA Americas Championship

Thursday, September 1  
2:00 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Thursday, September 1  
4:30 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Thursday, September 1  
7:00 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Thursday, September 1  
9:30 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Friday, September 2    
2:00 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Friday, September 2    
4:30 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Friday, September 2    
7:00 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Friday, September 2    
9:30 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Saturday, September 3  
7:00 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Saturday, September 3  
9:30 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Monday, September 5   
 12:00 a.m.  FIBA Americas Championship

Monday, September 5    
7:30 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

Monday, September 5    
9:30 p.m.   FIBA Americas Championship

–30–SS/ny*

CONTACT:
ESPN
Santa Brito, 212-456-0252

ESPN Deportes to Showcase Exclusive Coverage of 2005 FIBA Americas Championship; Legendary Puerto Rican Basketball Player Jose ‘Piculin’ Ortiz Signed as Commentator