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ESPN Deportes announced today the addition of Dallas-based Spanish-language newspaper Al Dia to the roster of newspapers contributing to Juego Cruzado, the network’s daily sports and commentary show modeled after ESPN’s Around the Horn.
Co-hosted by ESPN Deportes commentators Carolina Guillén, Andrés Agulla and Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Juego Cruzado features some of the most prominent sports journalists from newsrooms in the U.S. and Mexico. Regular panelists comprise Mario Concha, El Diario La Prensa (New York), Jorge Ebro, El Nuevo Herald (Miami), Rafa Ramos, La Opinión (Los Angeles), Rafael Ocampo, Milenio (Mexico). Carlos Nava, assistant sports editor of Al Día, the Spanish-language sister publication of The Dallas Morning News, will join as the sixth panelist.
Nava, a sports journalist with more than 17 years of experience, will bring to the show a local perspective of the hottest topics being discussed in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and provide his opinion on the most compelling topics being discussed around the world. He will appear on the show three times a week, live from the Al Día newsroom, where ESPN Deportes has incorporated a high-tech fiber optic connection to ensure that every discussion is delivered in real time.
Nava has been at Al Día for more than six years. Before joining the Dallas paper, he was sports editor for two of the most respected newspapers in México, Frontera (Tijuana/San Diego) and Siglo 21 (Guadalajara). Along with his duties at Al Día, Nava serves as a radio commentator for ESPN Deportes Radio Dallas and collaborates with Cadena de Plata as an analyst of the Dallas Cowboys for TV and Radio.
Throughout his career in the print industry, Nava has covered major sporting events, including the NBA, MLB, auto racing, MLS, Mexican First Division, World Cup qualifiers, ATP, WTA, Arena Football, boxing events and PGA Golf. Nava has made his mark as an American football reporter, having covered 13 Super Bowls consecutively and being the only Spanish-speaking beat writer for the Dallas Cowboy since 2004.
He has received numerous accolades for his work, including the 2006 and 2007 Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Sports Writing Award and a second-place finish in 2005. Nava is the only journalist from a Spanish-language newspaper to be inducted, in 2007, into the Professional Football Writers of America.
Juego Cruzado airs Monday- Friday at 7 p.m. ET.