The new agreement means that ESPN, which has broadcast Spanish
Football matches in Latin America since 1998, will continue to televise
the property through the 2005-06 season. As part of the deal, ESPN
also acquires extensive telecast rights for the Copa del Rey for
the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
An official release informs that the terms of the new agreement
call for ESPN to have exclusive cable and satellite rights for Spanish
Football for up to eight matches per round for the remainder of
the current season. For the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, ESPN will
have exclusive cable and satellite rights to all matches played
in each round. ESPN will offer live telecasts of Spanish Football
on all its networks in Latin America including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+,
and ESPN Brasil, as well as on its network serving Australia and
New Zealand in the Pacific Rim adds the release.
In addition ESPN will produce a new studio show for Latin America
viewers. Goles de España will debut on 3 November and will
feature analysis and match highlights from La Liga. Goles de España.
La Liga features an array of Latin American stars such as Brazilians
Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Argentines Javier Saviola
(Barcelona) and Pablo Aimar (Valencia), and Mexican Rafael Marquez
(Barcelona). Defending champions Real Madrid have added English
pop icon David Beckham to its star studded lineup this season. Six
of the last seven World Players of the Year now play with Real Madrid.