Anchors Named For New ESPN Deportes SportsCenter

Anchors Named For New ESPN Deportes SportsCenter

New Spanish-Language Production to Offer Live Editions at 11 p.m. ET and 2 a.m. ET


New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 17, 2003–ESPN Deportes, the new Spanish-language network serving the U.S. Hispanic market, will feature its own original production of SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship program that revolutionized the way sports news is covered. Today ESPN named the anchors who will be the faces and voices of ESPN Deportes SportsCenter when the show debuts with the network’s launch on January 7.

Michele LaFountain, Heriberto Murrieta, Fernando Palomo, and Jorge Eduardo Sanchez Perez will present live 30-minute editions of SportsCenter at 11 p.m. ET and 2 a.m. ET, Monday through Saturday, with a one-hour live program on Sundays at 11 p.m. ET. Similar to ESPN, the 2 a.m. ET shows will be re-aired on ESPN Deportes the following morning.

“SportsCenter is synonymous with ESPN and with quality sports news and information,” said Lino Garcia, general manager, ESPN Deportes. “Our goal is to make SportsCenter on ESPN Deportes an indispensable viewing resource for Latino sports fans.”

“We have a chosen an excellent group of sports journalists to establish this new edition of SportsCenter,” said Jodi Markley, vice president, ESPN operations and ESPN International. “Each one is uniquely qualified to present in-depth reporting, analysis, features, and news on the sports that Latino viewers care about.”

ESPN Deportes SportsCenter anchors:


Michele LaFountain is well known to viewers of Telemundo in New York where for three years she served as sports anchor for their nightly newscast Noticiero 47 and as host of the weekly sports news show Deportes 47. LaFountain was also the New York Correspondent for Telemundo’s national sports shows “Titulares Telemundo.” For her work on Telemundo, LaFountain received three Emmy nominations for On-Camera Achievement in Sports. LaFountain is returning to ESPN where she began her sports broadcasting career as a co-anchor for SportsCenter International from 1997-2000. LaFountain, a native of Puerto Rico, earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in English and American Literature and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from Boston University.


Murrieta, one of the most widely known sports broadcasters in Mexico, began his career in sports journalism in 1984 as a reporter and narrator for Televisa. In 1988, he began a ten-year run as the lead sports anchor on 24 Horas de la Noche, one of the most popular sports news shows in Mexican television history. Throughout his career, Murrieta has covered some of the world’s biggest sports events including four FIFA World Cupsä (Mexico ’86, Italy ’90, United States ’94, France ’98) and four Olympics (Seoul ’88, Calgary ’88, Barcelona ’92, Atlanta ’96). From 1996 – 2001, Murrieta hosted Mexico’s highly-rated sports radio program Deportes y Toros. Murrieta has also authored a variety of sports-themed books and is the founder and editor of Contraataque, a monthly soccer magazine.


A native of El Salvador, Fernando Palomo is a SportsCenter veteran, having served as an anchor for SportsCenter Latin America since 2000. Palomo also called play-by-play for ESPN International telecasts of the National Football League and Spanish First Division Football. Palomo launched his broadcasting career in 1999 with Channel 4 TV in San Salvador as a sports commentator covering a variety of events including the Olympics and the Pan American Games. In his native San Salvador, Palomo also showed his journalistic range as a correspondent for Radio Cadena YSU and as a columnist for El Diario De Hoy. Outside of his work as a sports broadcaster, Palomo was a member of the National Track and Field team of El Salvador and is the country’s record-holder in the javelin throw.


Jorge Eduardo Sanchez Perez first joined ESPN in 2000 as a commentator and play-by-play announcer for ESPN Dos in Mexico. Sanchez has proven himself a versatile talent on ESPN Dos, serving as a play-by-play announcer for Liga del Pacifico (the Mexican winter baseball league), the Caribbean World Series, Tennis Masters Series, and NCAA Basketball. Sanchez has also recently worked with PCTV, where he served as lead host for their sports news show, TVC News, and where he covered the 2002 World Cup and Mexican First Division Football. Sanchez, a native of Mexico, began his career in 1998 as a sports reporter with RASA Radio 620 in Mexico City.

ESPN Deportes will launch as a 24-hour network on Wednesday, January 7 with a program line-up that will feature three live editions of SportsCenter (8:30 p.m. ET, 11 p.m. ET, and 2 a.m. ET) as well as a live NBA telecast of the Golden State Warriors at the Dallas Mavericks at 9 p.m. ET

Following the January 7 launch, ESPN Deportes plans to showcase more than 200 live events in its first year, featuring the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Football League, UEFA Champions League, Wimbledon, the French Open, selected boxing events, and much more.

For more information, viewers can visit, the leading Spanish-language sports website, where a countdown clock provides an up-to-the-second display on time remaining until the network launches on January 7 at 8 p.m. ET.




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Anchors Named For New ESPN Deportes SportsCenter