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The USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier on Aug. 12 in Mexico City is going to be broadcast in English. You're just going to have to work a bit harder to see it.
Telemundo announced on Monday that it will broadcast the match the match in Spanish on Telemundo and on English on mun2, an English-language channel geared toward young Latinos in the United States. The announcement comes after it was revealed last week that Telemundo had rejected reasonable offers for the English-language rights to the match.
So what happened to ESPN's bid for the match? According to sources, the bid was killed by Telemundo's exorbitant price tag, which one source put at between three and four times what ESPN was willing to pay and what is usually paid for those type of matches.
"They set a price they knew nobody would pay," said one source. "It's safe to say they had no intention of selling."
So where do you get mun2 exactly?
If you have DirecTV, mun2 can be found in channel 410 and can be seen as part of the DirecTV Latin Programming package. Don't get that package? If you're dead set on watching the match in English, you may want to consider ordering the Latin Programming package for the month of August and cancelling after the match. There is no word yet on who will be calling the game for mun2.
If that doesn't work, then you may be forced to either find an English-language feed on the internet or watching the game at a soccer bar.
Should USA fans be upset with this development? Yes, but they should also realize that, prior to the 2005 World Cup qualifier at Azteca, the USA-Mexico road qualifiers were never shown on English-language television. As one U.S. soccer official told me last week, it's not an ideal scenario, but isn't unheard of either.
That isn't stopping some fans from organizing petitions to try and put pressure on NBC Universal, parent company of Telemundo, to air the match on another NBC network.
What do you think of this development? Will you be ordering mun2? Will you watch the match at a soccer bar or via web feed instead? Planning to make the trip to Mexico City instead?
Share your thoughts below.
Direct TV will be offering a free preview of MUN 2 on channel 203 today only. The USA-Mexico game will be broadcast in English there.
Directv announced that they are providing free access to Mun2 tomorrow so any subscriber can watch the game. Good work Directv!
NOT UNHEARD OF? That’s 4 years ago. So soccer is going backwards in this country? That’s US Soccer’s position? UNBELIEVABLE!!
i have directtv but don’t get telemundo or mun2. I think that I will purchase for a month the Spanish International package for $20 then cancel. I am trying to find out if there is any type of penalty or minimum time that you have to subscribe to that package.
I’m going to be in Canada that week. Anyone know if any stations there will be carrying this game?
It now appears that the English commentary will also be available as SAP on the Telemundo broadcast.
This is just a ploy to have people spend $$ to subscribe to Mun2.
the USSF should never again cut a TV deal with the ass clowns at NBCUniversal. I know the USSF doesn’t own the rights to games in mexico and this isn’t their fault, but the brash attitude from NBCU and their refusal to appease the US audience is a complete slap in the face. NBC and Universal are AMERICAN COMPANIES, and they sold us out to mexico, like so many other american companies.
Screw it ! Even though I don’t understand Spanish, I’m still going to watch it.
The commentators on ESPN and FSC aren’t any good anyway. Both, Harkes and his partner and Sullivan and his partner can actually ruin the game with their weak commentary, misplaced critisism and childish hyperbole.
I admit that I can’t do it any better, but I’m not the one earning a paycheck for it either.
GO USA !!!!!!!!!!!
what the hell? NBC has that stupid ‘Universal Sports Network’ now they can toss it on there instead of the 900th rerun of the Beijing Olympiad.
When did people in ME start using “Hella”? I thought that was a Nor-Cal thing…anyways, I am pissed. This ridiculous, I hate that stupid “GOOOOOOLLLL GOLAZO GOL GOL GOL” crap. Just show it in English!
Help! I don’t have either station on my cable.