ESPN Deportes’ Five-Hour Programming Block highlights Multiplatform Coverage on U.S. TV
ESPN2 to Air live, 90-Minute Show
ESPN3 to Live Stream the Draw and Ceremony
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN digital platforms will combine to present comprehensive coverage of the UEFA EURO 2016 Final Draw on Saturday, Dec. 12. ESPN’s multiplatform presentation will be anchored by five hours of programming on ESPN Deportes beginning at 11 a.m. ET with Destino Francia (pre-show), followed by Sorteo Euro 2016 (12 p.m.), a 90-minute Destino Francia (post-show) at 1:30 p.m., and SportsCenter at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 will feature a 90-minute UEFA EURO 2016 Final Draw program at 12 p.m., while ESPN3 will live stream the ceremony and the Draw (12 p.m.). Throughout the day, ESPNFC.com will feature content highlighted by live blogging, rapid reaction, predictions and more.
ESPN coverage will feature more than 20 commentators – hosts, analysts and reporters – from multiple locations. Highlights:
ESPN English language platforms:
- UEFA EURO 2016 Final Draw on ESPN2 at 12 p.m.: host Bob Ley, analysts Ian Darke, Santiago Solari in Bristol, Conn., and Taylor Twellman in Kansas City (site of NCAA College Cup);
- Gabriele Marcotti – reporting from Paris;
- ESPN Digital’s EURO 2016 Express: Draw Special: Dan Thomas, Alexis Nunes and Craig Burley in Bristol; with Alison Bender, Julien Laurens and Anthony Richardson in London.
ESPN Spanish language platforms:
Commentators Ricardo Puig, Tony Cherchi and Jared Borgetti in Mexico City; Fernando Palomo, Tato Noriega, Solari, Andres Agulla and Carolina Guillen in Bristol; Jorge Ramos in Miami; reporter Martin Ainstein in Paris, and Hernan Pereyra in Osaka, Japan (site of FIFA World Club Cup), will appear on the following four programs on ESPN Deportes:
- 11 a.m.: Destino Francia (pre-show)
- 12 p.m.: Sorteo Euro 2016
- 1:30 p.m.: Destino Francia (post-show), and
- 3 p.m.: SportsCenter
EURO 2016 Draw across ESPN Digital Platforms
ESPN will deliver complete coverage of the EURO 2016 Draw across digital platforms. In the U.S., fans will be able to watch a live stream of the ceremony and draw at 12 p.m. on ESPN3 through WatchESPN and ESPNFC.com. Around the world, ESPNFC.com senior writer Marcotti and other European-based soccer journalists – John Brewin, Iain Macintosh and James Horncastle – will lead a global team of experts and analysts previewing and reacting to the draw as it unfolds for ESPNFC.com and the ESPN FC app. Comprehensive digital coverage from ESPNFC.com will also include up-to-the-minute news through rapid reaction, predictions on all groups, and social sharing across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Additionally, ESPN FC and ESPN Deportes will deliver real-time, original videos across digital platforms worldwide in English and Spanish. The videos will be produced on-site in Paris as well as from ESPN’s digital studios in Bristol, Conn. They include:
- Draw Preview – featuring Ainstein (Spanish) and Marcotti (English) as well as reaction to news from the FIFA Executive Committee press conference in Paris.
- Rapid Reaction – including Solari with instant analysis for ESPN.com and ESPNDeportes.com, Ainstein and Marcotti with analysis of the Spain and Italy draws, reaction from Berlin on Germany’s draw and additional segments that include a EURO 2016 countdown and profiles on cities, teams and players to watch.
- EURO 2016 Express: Draw Special – a digital-exclusive show highlighted by ESPN FC’s Thomas, Nunes and Burley in the U.S. and Bender, Laurens and Richardson in the U.K. – will also feature a special FIFA 16 video simulation of the final.
The Draw, Teams and Tri-Codes:
The Draw for the 15th UEFA European Football Championship in Paris will place the 24 national teams that have qualified for the tournament into six groups of four teams. The nations have been divided into four pots and one team will be drawn from each of the four pots to create the four groups. Pot #1 includes 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Germany and Euro 2016 host country France, automatically the top team in Group A.
Pot 1: Spain (ESP), Germany (GER), England (ENG), Portugal (POR), Belgium (BEL), France (FRA)
Pot 2: Italy (ITA), Russia (RUS), Switzerland (SUI), Austria (AUT), Croatia (CRO), Ukraine (UKR)
Pot 3: Czech Republic (CZE), Sweden (SWE), Poland (POL), Romania (ROU, Slovakia (SVK), Hungary (HUN)
Pot 4: Turkey (TUR), Republic of Ireland (IRL), Iceland (ISL), Wales (WAL), Albania (ALB), Northern Ireland (NIR)
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ESPN and UEFA EURO 2016™
Beginning Friday, June 10, through Sunday, July 10, 2016, ESPN will present exclusive live coverage of all 51 matches of the UEFA EURO 2016™ via its multimedia platforms, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, ESPNFC.com and ESPNdeportes.com. The month-long event will also be streamed live on WatchESPN.
The tournament will include a round-robin of group stage matches with the top two teams in each group, as well as the four best third-placed teams, advancing to the round of 16. The tournament will be played in 10 cities throughout France with the final match to be played at Stade de France in Saint-Denis outside Paris.
More than 39 million viewers in the United States tuned into the ESPN networks for live UEFA EURO 2012™ matches featuring the top-16 European national teams.
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