ESPN2 will air Monday Night Football in Spanish

Getty Images

ESPN and the NFL want to appeal to the growing Hispanic demographic, and they’ll use a powerful new tool toward that end this season.

Monday Night Football will air in Spanish on ESPN2 while the English-language broadcast airs as usual on ESPN for the first nine weeks of this season, Sports Business Daily reports.

There was already a Spanish-language Monday Night Football broadcast, but it was previously on ESPN Deportes, which is in only about 6 million homes in America. ESPN2 is in about 88 million homes in America, so there’s likely to be a significant increase in the number of Hispanic viewers of Monday night games this season.

The ESPN2 broadcast will feature Álvaro Martín on play-by-play, former NFL kicker Raúl Allegre as the commentator and John Sutcliffe as the sideline reporter.

The simulcast will stop after Week Nine because of ESPN2 has already scheduled college basketball games to air on Monday nights in November and December.

21 responses to “ESPN2 will air Monday Night Football in Spanish

  1. Isn’t it in the best interests of everyone for the growing Hispanic demographic to receive the games in English, like everyone else? What better way to learn English than watching something a person enjoys? Not surprising this is coming from ESPN.

  2. The simulcast will stop after Week Nine because of ESPN2 has already scheduled college basketball games to air on Monday nights in November and December.
    ———————————-
    Why? – do they think Hispanics will be bored of the NFL by then? I’ll tune in if I can – hardly understand a word but it’ll still be better than listening to Gruden’s constant hyperbole and eulogizing of every goddam player every single play, and soon to be added to by that other king of overstatement, Rex Ryan.

  3. florida76 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 11:17 am
    Isn’t it in the best interests of everyone for the growing Hispanic demographic to receive the games in English, like everyone else? What better way to learn English than watching something a person enjoys? Not surprising this is coming from ESPN.
    ——–
    I can’t understand how everyone doesn’t conform to my way of life? Even when they are enjoying a hobby, they should be working towards living their lives how I’d want them to live their lives. I mean what is so hard about understanding that? Freedom means do as I say and not as I do.

  4. “What better way to learn English than watching something a person enjoys?”.

    What is better way to disparage a group of people than chiding them over their language? The “everyone should speak English” boat sailed long ago. Find another way to attempt to veil your prejudice.

  5. If only they would put the games on ABC now so everyone could watch. Oh yeah Monday night games usually suck anyway!!!

  6. florida76 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 11:17 am
    Isn’t it in the best interests of everyone for the growing Hispanic demographic to receive the games in English, like everyone else? What better way to learn English than watching something a person enjoys? Not surprising this is coming from ESPN.
    _________________________________

    How is it in MY best interest to have Spanish speaking people watch something in English vs their preferred language? Who cares?

    The NFL (nor any other business) doesn’t care about the “this is America, you speak American!!” kind of thought process – they only care about the bottom line. They now can reach out to a much larger demographic who may not have taken in their product otherwise.

  7. Trump hasn’t drained the swamp, but he has certainly turned over all of the slimy rocks and released all of the racist losers in this country!

    Who raised you people?

    Small, insecure, trash.

    Why don’t we watch the game in Spanish so that we can start learning another language?

    Americans are far less likely to be multi-lingual than any other people in the world.

    We are self-righteous and lazy.

  8. cardinealsfan20 says:

    September 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    “What better way to learn English than watching something a person enjoys?”.

    What is better way to disparage a group of people than chiding them over their language? The “everyone should speak English” boat sailed long ago. Find another way to attempt to veil your prejudice.

    Oh, so if I go to Mexico then I should expect to be able to watch sports in English, right? We as a country are expected to roll out the red carpet for people that don’t care to learn the national language and also get free healthcare. Do you think Mexico would do that for Americans? Cold hard facts don’t mean it’s racist so get off your oversensitive high horse.

  9. florida76 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 11:17 am
    Isn’t it in the best interests of everyone for the growing Hispanic demographic to receive the games in English, like everyone else? What better way to learn English than watching something a person enjoys? Not surprising this is coming from ESPN.

    —————————————————————————————–

    Isn’t it the best interests of me to be like me? What better way to be like me than to enjoy football in the only language that matters to me. Not surprising this is coming from me.

  10. schmitty2 – “We as a country are expected to roll out the red carpet for people that don’t care to learn the national language and also get free healthcare”.

    The United States does not have a national language. And I suppose that you would rather risk exposure from immigrants with communicable diseases, and have their children die from disease, instead of providing them access to healthcare.

  11. ESPN should do whatever they can do to maximize profits for shareholders of the parent. If that means using ESPN 2 for a Spanish broadcast, then it’s a smart move (unlike pulling Robert Lee from play by play of the Virginia football game).

  12. don’t watch espn and the Monday night games, so it doesn’t matter what language their broadcasting in…turn it on to catch the score before going to bed and read about it the next day…

  13. As we all were forced to pay $9.06-ish per month on our cable bill for EPSN alone. Cable cutting is the only way to go…

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!