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ESPN to Offer Multimedia Coverage of the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007


Coverage Across 7 ESPN Platforms; Three Weeks of Daily Coverage Begins Friday, July 13

Using a full collection of its multimedia assets, ESPN will provide unmatched, daily coverage of the 15th edition of the Pan American Games live from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 29. Coverage of the Pan American Games will be featured on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes,, ESPN Deportes Radio, and ESPN Deportes La Revista. ESPN Brasil, the company’s Portuguese-language network, will also televise the event. The Pan American Games will be held in 16 different venues throughout Rio de Janeiro.

ESPN Deportes, the company’s Spanish-language network in the U.S., will offer at least 10 hours of daily coverage starting with Opening Ceremonies July 13 at 3 p.m. ET. Spanish-language coverage will begin at noon and conclude at 10 p.m. ET on weekdays and 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET on weekends. ESPN, ESPN2 and will simulcast some of ESPN Deportes’ Spanish-language coverage.

Highlights include:
• Pan American Games content across 7 ESPN platforms: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes,, ESPN Deportes Radio, and ESPN Deportes La Revista.
• More than 160 hours of Pan American Games-related programming – the most ever televised in the U.S.
• Spanish-language simulcast of the Men’s Basketball semi-finals on ESPN and boxing finals on ESPN2.
• At least 20 on-air commentators (hosts, analysts, reporters and contributors).
• Each day will begin with a preview show and conclude with a one-hour live edition of SportsCenter at 10 p.m., ET.

Coverage will feature a wide range of competitions including men’s basketball, men’s soccer, boxing, baseball, beach volleyball, track and field, volleyball, gymnastics, swimming, women’s soccer, futsol and tennis. Occurring once every four years and during the year prior to each Olympic Games, the Pan American Games is a multi-sport, quadrennial event for the Americas. The 15th edition of the Pan American Games will feature approximately 5,500 athletes from 42 countries. This year the U.S. delegation will include approximately 650 athletes competing in 35 sports. Pan American Games-related programming will begin airing on the 6:30 p.m. edition of SportsCenter with a series of long-form feature that will take an in-depth look at some of the athletes and most storied teams competing.

Highlights include:

Sunday, July 8: Security in Rio – This special report takes an in-depth look at the challenges the government faces and the security measures is taking leading up-to and during the event.

Monday, July 9 – Special feature on Mexican track and field athlete Juan Luis Barrios. Current champion in 1500 m and 500 m of the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games.

Tuesday, July 10 – Cuba has dominated the baseball competition since the game’s inception in the Pan American Games in 1951. The country holds 11 gold medals and only three losses: Dominican Republic (1955), Venezuela (1959), and USA (1987). Will the team take its 12th gold medal this year?

Wednesday, July 11 – The Colombian cyclist Maria Luisa Calle arrives in Rio as one of her country’s favorite to take home the gold medal, but her road to become a successful athlete and Olympic medalist has not been an easy one. This is the story of one of the most difficult times in her life: when she had to prove to the world she was innocent of a positive anti doping result.

Thursday, July 12 – In-depth feature on Argentinean track and field athlete Santiago Guaerci, who has proven he is a force to reckon with on the tracks and the runway.

Sunday, July 15 – With 32 gold medals, 15 silver and eight bronze, Cuba, a country of slightly more than 11 million people, has produced an outstanding number of Olympic champions. But, what’s behind this country’s dominance in international competitions – especially in the amateur boxing category? This feature takes an in-depth look at the history of boxing in Cuba and offers a profile on Guillermo Rigondeaux, two-time gold medalist and current Pan American Games gold medalist in the Bantamweight category who will once again represent his country in the competition.


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