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ESPN gets Mexican soccer league rights, ESPN Deportes benefits

ESPN has reachESPN-ESPND-LIGAMX2ed a multimedia rights extension with Azteca América to air Liga MX, Mexico’s top national soccer league, and football cup competition Copa MX in the United States through 2015.

This will be the first time Mexican club matches will air on ESPN’s English-language networks (ESPN2 and ESPNEWS).  The agreement also adds more matches on ESPN Deportes and extends highlights rights across ESPN’s English-language and Spanish-language studio programming and digital platforms.

With the expansion, ESPN Deportes will televise over 60 Liga MX games through the 2013 season.

ESPN’s English-language coverage kicks off the weekend of March 8-10, with the first match airing Friday, March 8: Morelia vs. América on ESPNEWS at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The Liga MX is the most important soccer league in Mexico and includes 18 first division clubs.

The Copa MX is Mexico’s top soccer cup competition and includes the top first and second division clubs. Formerly known as the Copa Tower and Copa Eliminatoria, the event went on hiatus from 1997 to 2012 when it was revived by the Liga MX.

 

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES:

 

Date Time (ET) Game Networks
Tue., Mar. 5 7:55 p.m. Veracruz vs. Estudiantes Tecos ESPN Deportes
  9:55 p.m. Dorados vs. Correcaminos ESPN Deportes
Wed., Mar. 6 7:55 p.m. Atlante vs. Pachuca ESPN Deportes
  7:55 p.m. Lobos Buap vs. Irapuato ESPN Deportes+ on ESPN3, ESPN Deportes*
Fri., Mar. 8 8:25 p.m. Monarcas vs. Club America ESPN Deportes+ on ESPN3, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes*
Sat., Mar. 9 5:55 p.m. Cruz Azul vs. Jaguares de Chiapas ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes+ on ESPN 3, ESPN Deportes*
Sun., Mar. 10 5:55 p.m. Puebla F.C. vs. Pumas Unam ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes+ on ESPN 3, ESPN Deportes*
Fri., Mar. 15 9:25 p.m. Jaguares de Chiapas vs. Monarcas ESPN Deportes+ on ESPN 3, ESPN Deportes*
Sat., Mar. 30 6:55 p.m. Cruz Azul vs. Atlas ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
  8:55 p.m. Monarcas vs. Atlante ESPN Deportes
Sun., Mar. 31 1:55 p.m. Puebla F.C. vs. Uanl Tigres ESPN Deportes
Fri., Apr. 5 9:25 p.m. Jaguares de Chiapas vs. Chivas de Guadalajara ESPN Deportes, ESPN 3, ESPN 2
Fri., Apr. 12 10:25 p.m. Monarcas vs. Queretaro ESPN Deportes, ESPN 3, ESPN 2*
Sat., Apr. 13 5:55 p.m. Cruz Azul vs. Club Tijuana ESPN Deportes, ESPN 2, WatchESPN
Sun., Apr. 14 12:55 p.m. Puebla F.C. vs. Jaguares de Chiapas ESPN Deportes, ESPN 2, WatchESPN
Fri., Apr. 19 8:25 p.m. Jaguares de Chiapa vs. Club Leon ESPN Deportes, ESPN 2, WatchESPN
Fri., Apr. 26 8:25 p.m. Monarcas vs. Toluca ESPN Deportes
Sat., Apr. 27 5:55 p.m. Cruz Azul vs. Santos ESPN Deportes
Sun., Apr. 28 12:55 p.m. Puebla F.C. vs. Atlas ESPN Deportes, ESPN 3, ESPN 2*
Fri., May 3 8:25 p.m. Jaguares de Chiapas vs. Pachuca ESPN Deportes, ESPN News

 

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