Telemundo Media Acquires Exclusive U.S. Rights to the Home Games of First Division Mexican Team Club León

Telemundo Media announced today it acquired the exclusive media rights

for the United States of all the home games of the popular Mexican first

division soccer team Club León, effective immediately. As “The Official

U.S. Network of León,” Telemundo will have the rights across all its

platforms – broadcast, online and cable – to all of the pre-season,

regular season and, if they qualify, the playoff home games of the

popular team. The first game to air on Telemundo under the new deal will

feature Club León vs. Chivas on Friday, September 14 at 10:30pm ET.

“Coming off a great performance with the 2012 London Olympics and having

acquired the rights to the FIFA World Cup starting in 2015, this

multi-year deal expands our portfolio of soccer properties and reaffirms

Telemundo Media’s leadership position,” said Jorge Hidalgo, Executive

Vice President of Sports at Telemundo Media. “With the León games, our

audience will continue to enjoy the best professional Mexican soccer

they’ve come to expect from Deportes Telemundo.”

Currently in third place in the first division of the Mexican soccer

league, Club León is based in the city of León, in the state of

Guanajuato, Mexico. The club’s origins date back to the 1920s when a

group of local businessman founded León Atlético. After ten years in the

second division, León was recently promoted to Mexico’s first division

for the 2012–2013 season. In the past, León has won the first division

title five times, in 1948, 1949, 1952, 1956 and 1992, and became the

first Mexican “Campeonísimo” (winner of the league and the México Cup in

the same year) in 1949.

Deportes Telemundo, Telemundo Media’s sports division, is one of the

leading providers of Spanish-language sports content in the U.S. The “US

Home of the Olympics in Spanish,” Deportes Telemundo also offers

qualifying matches of the Mexican National Team; all matches played at

home by Las Chivas de Guadalajara, Mexico’s most popular club team; the

leading boxing show in U.S. Spanish-language television “Boxeo

Telemundo,” and the U.S. broadcast and online rights in Spanish-language

to FIFA World Cup® Soccer across all platforms (except radio), 2015

through 2022. In addition to its big sports events, Deportes Telemundo

produces two leading sports entertainment shows, “Titulares y Más” and

“Titulares Telemundo,” offering the latest sports news and analysis

combined with entertainment and lifestyle segments. Deportes Telemundo

award-winning broadcast team, headed by internationally acclaimed

sportscaster Andrés Cantor, also includes Jessi Losada, Sammy Sadovnik,

Edgar López, René Giraldo, Karim Mendiburu, Kaziro Aoyama, Mirella

Grisales and Leti Coo.

About Telemundo Media:

Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal, is a world-class media

company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of

high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio

to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. Telemundo’s multiple

platforms include the Telemundo Network, a Spanish-language television

network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news

and first-class sports events, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210

markets through its 14 owned stations and its broadcast and cable

affiliates; mun2, the preeminent voice for bicultural Hispanics in the

U.S. reaching TV households nationwide on digital and analog cable, and

satellite; Telemundo Digital Media, which distributes Telemundo’s

original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile



an owned and operated full power station in Puerto Rico that reaches 99%

of all TV households in that DMA; and Telemundo Internacional, the

international distribution arm which has positioned Telemundo as the

second largest provider of Spanish-language content worldwide by

syndicating content to more than 100 countries in over 35 languages.