ESPN Deportes brings Mexican football highlight show to TV

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 17-11-2012

Raza Deportiva, ESPN Deportes Radio's lively debate and analysis Mexico-focused futbol programme in the United States, is making the move to US television.

The show debuts on ESPN Deportes Television on 19 November, as a three-hour simulcast show. It will be the Spanish-language cable net's first live morning show, airing Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET.

Raza Deportiva joins hosts from three cities: legendary sportscaster David Faitelson and soccer expert Rafa Ramos in Los Angeles; Omar Orlando Salazar in Miami; and Oscar Restrepo from Bogota, Colombia.

Faitelson, Restrepo, Ramos and Salazar will focus on Mexican soccer, including exclusive interviews with the sport's most relevant personalities. The programme also analyses stories from on and off the field across the globe.

The hosts bring star power with them: With more than 25 years of experience, Ramos brings the latest in the world of sports with strong opinion and unique style. Based in Los Angeles, he also serves as a columnist for and regularly appears as co-host of Nacion ESPN. Known for his hard-hitting reporting style, Faitelson draws his expertise from more than two decades of sports journalism. In addition to Raza Deportiva, David contributes across all platforms and hosts Nacion ESPN, A Los Golpes, and Cronómetro. Restrepo is a well-known football expert, with more than 30 years working in sports broadcasting. Restrepo has participated in seven FIFA World Cups and covered 12 Copa America tournaments. Salazar is meanwhile known for his colourful play-by-play commentary and unique "goooooooool" chant.

The show will offer complete Mexican soccer coverage, including exclusive interviews and controversial debates, along with American sports highlights and side notes on international football. It will also have SportsCenter updates from Bristol and Mexico.

With seven years airing on ESPN Deportes Radio, Raza Deportiva is the second show to be simulcast on the network; Jorge Ramos y su Banda was the first, beginning in 2009.