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ESPN’s unprecedented coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup will feature voiceovers by some familiar Hollywood stars when the network’s comprehensive presentation of the world’s biggest sports event kicks off Friday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN3.com with the South Africa vs. Mexico match. Emmy Award-winning actor Martin Sheen (The Departed, West Wing), Academy Award nominee Djimon Honsou (Push, Blood Diamond) along with English actor Terence Stamp (Smallville, Valkyrie) lend their voices to two key segments.
Specifically, Honsou voiced the signature Show Open for ESPN’s first telecast of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Sheen and Stamp team up for a piece that gives a nod to each team’s bragging rights entering the highly anticipated England vs. U.S.A match (Saturday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m. on ABC).
ESPN Inc.’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Coverage in the United States
South Africa 2010 will be ESPN’s seventh FIFA World Cup and coverage of the event promises to be the most comprehensive in company history. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will air all 64 matches live and in high definition. ESPN3.com, ESPN’s signature broadband network available in more than 50 million homes, will feature live English-language simulcasts of matches on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN Mobile TV will show all matches. ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language all sports network, will air more than 50 matches in Portuguese live in the U.S., and ESPN Radio will broadcast all 64 matches.
Additionally, ESPN will present 2010 FIFA World Cup television studio programming from site in South Africa, offering U.S. sports fans the most comprehensive news and information coverage throughout the month-long soccer showcase. Studio coverage of the quadrennial global event will include SportsCenter segments, a nightly World Cup Live program, and prematch, halftime and postmatch shows, with additional studio programming and World Cup-branded segments, totaling more than 90 hours of coverage, originating from two sets in and around Johannesburg.
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