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ESPN Talks Up Portuguese for World Cup

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By MATTHEW FUTTERMAN

ESPN plans to broadcast soccer games from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Portuguese on its Spanish-language channel, in a shot across the bow of Univision Communications Inc.

By broadcasting the games in Portuguese on ESPN Deportes in the U.S., the Walt Disney Co. network is trying to chip away at Univision's dominant foreign-language ratings for the World Cup, widely recognized as the world's biggest sporting event.

ESPN is trying to draw viewers to Deportes who might choose to watch the games on the Spanish-language Univision network rather than on its own main U.S. networks.

Brazil, the world's largest Portuguese-speaking nation, is considered one of the favorites to win the World Cup. And Cristiano Ronaldo, who stars for Portugal's national team, is widely considered the world's best player.

As anticipation grows over the 2010 World Cup, which will take place in South Africa, ESPN is trying to get everything it can from its investment in international soccer. ESPN paid $100 million for the U.S. rights to broadcast the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments in all languages except Spanish, according to people with knowledge of the deal. It is planning exhaustive coverage of the tournament on ESPN, ESPN2 and the ABC network, also owned by Disney. It also plans to offer access to several other foreign-language broadcasts over its broadband outlet, ESPN360.

Univision paid some $325 million for the Spanish-language U.S. rights to the 2010 and 2014 tournaments. Those rights are so much more expensive because interest in soccer among the more than 30 million people in the U.S. who speak Spanish in their homes is significantly greater than it is among native English-speaking Americans.

At the time of the last U.S. census in 2000, there were 565,000 people in the U.S. who spoke Portuguese in their homes. Still, that figure was up by more than 30% from 1990. Many Portuguese-speaking people also speak Spanish.

"What we're looking to do is increase the viewers and provide the richer experience," said Lino Garcia, general manager of ESPN Deportes.

Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks, said he wasn't concerned about ESPN's move to attract Portuguese viewers. Univision dedicates most of its programming and content on its television, radio and Internet holdings to the World Cup during the month-long tournament, making it a destination for devoted Spanish-speaking soccer fans and even those who don't speak the language fluently.

"The World Cup for our community is the Super Bowl, World Series and the NBA Finals all rolled into one month," Mr. Conde said. "The focus for us is to make sure we are offering the best product to our viewers."

In 2006, ratings among 18- to 49-year-olds for World Cup games from Germany on Univision outpaced those on ESPN by about 14% and on ESPN2 by nearly 119%, according to Nielsen Media Research, even though there are only about 12.7 million Spanish-speaking U. S. households compared with more than 90 million English-speaking households.

Launched in 2004, ESPN Deportes is a digital cable network that is carried in about five million U.S. homes that offers a lineup of live sports featuring soccer, baseball and mixed martial arts.

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posted June 04, 2010 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
I'm ready. USA!

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The game you don't want to miss is the U.S. playing England on June 12. It is not hyperbole to say that if the Yanks beat the Brits, it will be the biggest upset since 1776.

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Soccer Stud Cristiano Ronaldo Gets the Wax Figure Treatment

No need to fight, ladies. There's more than enough Cristiano Ronaldo to go around. Madame Tussauds unveiled a lifelike, wax replica of Team Portugal's futbol stud Wednesday in London - and, no surprise here, the wax double is just as hunky (and clean-cut) as Ronaldo himself. The 25-year-old soccer star will be competing in this year's World Cup, which starts June 12 in South Africa. Photos: Spot the A-Lister from Their Wax Look-alike!Ronaldo is joining the ranks of other sports stars like David Beckham and Lance Armstrong, who also have wax doubles displayed in the London museum.

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posted June 12, 2010 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
USA! USA! USA!

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What a weak goal by the England keeper. Shades of the Stanley Cup final game.

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World Cup organiser mulls vuvuzela ban

(AFP) – 1 day ago

JOHANNESBURG — World Cup organising committee head Danny Jordaan on Sunday did not rule out banning vuvuzelas, the noisy plastic trumpets which have proved a hit with fans in South Africa but threaten to deafen players and viewers alike.

Criticism of the vuvuzelas has been almost as loud as the instruments themselves with broadcasting companies complaining the din is almost drowning out commentary.

"We've tried to get some order," said Jordaan.

"We have asked for no vuvuzelas during national anthems or during stadium announcements. I know it's a difficult question," he added, saying that "we're trying to manage the best we can.

"We heard from the broadcasters and individuals and it's something we are evaluating on an on-going base.

Jordaan told the BBC in an interview that he had to consider the option of banning the trumpets.

"If there are grounds to do so, yes," he said, asked if a ban was an option.

France captain Patrice Evra said the incessant noise was a factor in his side's poor display in their draw with Uruguay.

According to Evra: "We can't sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas. People start playing them from 6 a.m. We can't hear one another out on the pitch because of them," the Frenchman added.

Jordaan said: "I would prefer singing" and called on fans to chant instead.

"In the days of the struggle (against apartheid) we were singing, all through our history. It's our ability to sing that inspired and drove the emotions."

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Broadcasters trying to filter out noisy vuvuzelas
Networks around world have gotten hundreds of complaints about horns
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updated 8:31 a.m. PT, Tues., June 15, 2010

JOHANNESBURG - TV viewers can take out their earplugs because the vuvuzelas are going to have a bit less buzz.

Host Broadcast Services, the company that provides the broadcast feed for the World Cup, said Tuesday it has doubled its audio filters to reduce the constant blaring buzz of vuvuzelas. TV viewers around the globe have complained that the swarm-of-bees sound from the plastic horns is stinging their ears.

“Despite HBS’ core philosophy, which is to provide ‘realistic’ host broadcast coverage reflecting the ambiance in the stadiums, additional audio filtering has been implemented,” according to the daily newsletter given to rightsholders Tuesday.

The filters also will minimize other crowd noise in the stadiums, such as chants and cheers. HBS said it has increased the level in the ball mics to provide some balance.

Several broadcasters have already taken their own measures to reduce the drone. French broadcaster TF1 changed its microphones after the opening match between Mexico and host South Africa, replacing them with mics commentators hold close to their mouths to better filter sound.

The BBC, which had received 545 complaints from viewers as of Tuesday morning, said it is considering giving viewers the option of muting ambient noise while maintaining game commentary through its “red button” digital service. Viewers would push a red button on their remote control to receive the quieter broadcast on a separate channel.

“We have already taken steps to minimize the noise and are continuing to monitor the situation,” the BBC said in a statement. “If the vuvuzela continues to impact on audience enjoyment, we will look at what other options we can take to reduce the volume further.”

The noise of the vuvuzelas has been the talk of the World Cup, so much so that British bookmaker William Hill is now taking bets on whether the horns will be banned at English Premier League stadiums next season.

“The vuvuzela certainly polarizes opinion, and we suspect that individual clubs will want to put a rule in place to enable them to ban them should they threaten to become widespread,” Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe said.

Hill’s also is taking bets that the vuvuzelas will be banned by the end of the World Cup. But FIFA president Sepp Blatter has strongly backed the use of the horns since they were introduced to the wider football world at the Confederations Cup test event in South Africa exactly a year ago, and he said again Monday they’re here to stay. The vuvuzelas are something uniquely African, and Blatter said he is not about to ban the music traditions of fans in their own country.

Several players said the din of the horns is having an impact on the field. Netherlands striker Robin van Persie avoided a second yellow card — and a ban from the next game — by blaming the vuvuzelas for failing to hear an offsides whistle. Argentina striker Carlos Tevez said the din of vuvuzelas makes it hard for players to communicate with each other on the field.

“Those sirens or trumpets — I don’t know what they are — make it very difficult to speak on the field,” Tevez said after Argentina’s training session Tuesday at the University of Pretoria. “You have to shout and sometimes you run out of breath, you get a bit more tired. They are extremely bothersome.”

But van Persie said he doesn’t want to see vuvuzelas banned.

“I think we have to respect it, because we are in South Africa, and we need to respect where we are,” he said. “This is their tradition. This belongs to them.”

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posted June 16, 2010 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AuthorAuthor   Click Here to Email AuthorAuthor     Edit/Delete Message
Spain is losing? To the Swiss?

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posted June 19, 2010 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EthanRubidoux   Click Here to Email EthanRubidoux     Edit/Delete Message
Win and USA are in. A tie and they may be in.

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posted June 21, 2010 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
It's too bad all the games have to start so early in the morning. It would be fun to watch these at night in a bar.

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posted June 23, 2010 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
WOW!

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German keeper feels he ‘fooled the referee’
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By Martin Rogers, Yahoo! Sports

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa – Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer admitted he “fooled” referee Jorge Larrionda into making the most controversial decision of the World Cup.

Neuer carried on playing even when Frank Lampard’s 38th-minute lob bounced over the line and appeared to give England a clear goal at Free State Stadium. The 24-year-old grabbed the ball and swiftly kicked it upfield as England’s disbelieving players rounded upon Larrionda and begged him to reconsider his decision.

“I didn’t react because I just wanted to concentrate on carrying on and making the game fast,” said Neuer, who plays for Schalke in the German Bundesliga. “I realized it was tight, but I was quite sure it was over the line. I think that perhaps the way I carried on so quickly fooled the referee and made him think it was not over.

“After the game I was in doping control and saw it on the television. And yes, of course it was over and should have been a goal for England. It was lucky for us and unlucky for them.”

The German team was equally as stunned as England by its slice of good fortune. Head coach Joachim Loew was spotted nudging his assistant and smiling at their luck, while England boss Fabio Capello fumed nearby.

Neuer insisted, though, that the Lampard no-goal made no difference to the eventual outcome Sunday, 4-1, claiming Germany would have won the match in any case.

“It was one incident and yes, it was important,” Neuer said. “But I believe we were the stronger team and deserved to win the game even without this.

“If you look at the way the match played out then I think our team would have scored the goals we needed just like we did. When you have good luck in football it is important to capitalize on that luck, and we did.”

Germany next takes on Argentina in a quarterfinal at Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium on Saturday.

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posted July 01, 2010 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Buzz kill. Is this thing still going on?

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Netherlands shocks the world! Beats Brazil!

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