ESPN Kicks Off New Four-Year NFL Deal in Spanish-Speaking Latin America With Thursday Night NFL Kickoff

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ESPN Kicks Off New Four-Year NFL Deal in Spanish-Speaking Latin America With Thursday Night NFL Kickoff

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  • Thursday Night NFL Kickoff at 7:00 p.m. (CDMX) Features SB50 rematch Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers

  • Agreement Includes 2016/2017 to 2019/2020 Seasons

  • Exclusive Television Home of Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football

  • Debut of NFL RedZone on ESPN+, Showing Every Score From Every Sunday Afternoon Game

  • Exclusive Pay TV Home of November 21 NFL International Series game in Mexico City

  • Includes AFC Playoffs, Pro Bowl and Super Bowl

Beginning with the new 2016 Season, ESPN will bring fans the best, most comprehensive NFL coverage throughout Mexico and the rest of Spanish-speaking Latin America.  ESPN’s new four-year agreement with the National Football League begins September 8 at 7:00 p.m. with the Thursday Night NFL Kickoff on ESPN2, with the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos hosting the Carolina Panthers.  This is the first time a Super Bowl rematch kicks off an NFL season.

This season, and for the next three seasons (through 2019/20), ESPN will air more than 500 hours of total NFL coverage—the most of any channel in Spanish-speaking Latin America—making it the go-to source for the best and most comprehensive NFL coverage in the region.  

ESPN is the only place where fans can watch the iconic NFL windows for Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football games throughout Latin America.  It is also the exclusive pay television home of the November 21 NFL International Series game in Mexico City, when the Oakland Raiders host the Houston Texans at Estadio Azteca.  ESPN will air a full week of special lead-up content to this highly-anticipated match.

For the first time, ESPN will air all of the NFL action from all Sunday afternoon games via NFL RedZone, where fans can see every score from every game.  The “whip around” coverage will air on ESPN+, which is the linear television debut of NFL RedZone in the region.

Every week ESPN’s coverage also includes three additional Sunday afternoon games via the Compactos series and signature programs from the NFL Films Library including the new season of HBO’s Hard Knocks which recently debuted on ESPN in Latin America.

ESPN has the NFL covered with a team of over 15 game announcers and expert studio journalists, including two top shows from its new state-of-the-art facility in Mexico City.  NFL Live, a year-round daily show will provide fans with the latest NFL news, reports, highlights and results from seasoned NFL journalists Raul Allegre, Eitan Benezra, Kary Correa, Sergio Dipp, Roberto Garza, Mauricio Lopez, Alvaro Martin, Marcos Martos, Miroslava Montemayor, Miguel Pasquel, Ciro Procuna, John Sutcliffe, Gustavo Tella, Javier Trejo-Garay, Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega.   NFL Esta Noche, ESPN’s pre-game show for Sunday Night Football, will feature a mix of our expert panel along with our Monday Night Football version hosted by Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega.  ESPN’s Monday Night Football announcer team returns with Alvaro Martin (play x play), Raul Allegre (analyst) and John Sutcliffe (reporter).  ESPN’s Sunday Night Football also features the return of Eduardo Varela (play x play) and Pablo Viruega (analyst).


2016 Sunday Night Football, Exclusively on ESPN

Regular Season    
Date Time (CDMX) Teams
Sept. 11 7:00 p.m. New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals
Sept. 18 7:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Sept. 25 7:00 p.m. Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys
Oct. 2 7:00 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers
Oct. 9 7:00 p.m. New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
Oct. 16 7:00 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Oct. 23 7:00 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
Oct. 30 7:00 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Nov. 6 7:00 p.m. Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
Nov. 13 7:00 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots
Nov. 20 7:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins
Nov. 24 7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts
Nov. 27 7:00 p.m. New England Patriots at New York Jets
Dec. 4 7:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks
Dec. 11 7:00 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Dec. 18 7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Dec. 25 7:00 p.m. Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs


2016 Monday Night Football, Exclusively on ESPN

Regular Season    
Date Time (CDMX) Teams
Sept. 12 6 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins
  9:15 p.m. Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Sept. 19 7:25 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Sept. 26 7:25 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Oct. 3 7:25 p.m. New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings
Oct. 10 7:25 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Oct. 17 7:25 p.m. New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals
Oct. 24 7:25 p.m. Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
Oct. 31 7:25 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Nov. 7 7:25 p.m. Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks
Nov. 14 7:25 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants
Nov. 21 7:25 p.m. Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders (Mexico City)
Nov. 28 7:25 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
Dec. 5 7:25 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets
Dec. 12 7:25 p.m. Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Dec. 19 7:25 p.m. Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
Dec. 26 7:25 p.m. Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys



About ESPN International

ESPN International is a division of ESPN, Inc., which has grown to include ownership — in whole or in part — of 24 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of additional businesses that allow ESPN to reach sports fans in 61 countries and territories across all seven continents. ESPN International business entities include television, radio, print, internet, broadband, wireless, consumer products, and event management. The company and its holdings maintain offices or production facilities in key locations around the world including Bangalore, Bristol, CT, Buenos Aires, Bogota, London, Mexico City, Miami, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York City, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. Since 1983, ESPN (originally founded in Bristol, Connecticut, in 1979) has been growing around the world, establishing itself as the leading global sports media brand. The company’s philosophy to global growth is to always serve sports fans and be locally relevant to them, with content and products that tap into their great passion and dedication.

Ardi Dwornik

I oversee all facets of ESPN’s corporate communications for Tennis and Combat Sports.
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