With five Hispanics as key elements of the big game, it's fitting that the Golden Super Bowl, as some refer to Super Bowl 50, is set to be broadcast to Spanish-language fans in a new way. The Denver Broncos play the Carolina Panthers in the championship match. ESPN Deportes will be the Spanish-language destination of Super Bowl 50, presenting coverage of the game on ESPN Deportes TV, ESPN Deportes Radio and WatchESPN, live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Alvaro Martin is the lead commentator on the broadcast.
As if it wasn't enough that Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, of both Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, could become only the second Hispanic coach in history to win the Super Bowl, there's even more Latino involvement in the battle for the NFL championship.
WHEN: Domingo, 7 de febrero
ON ESPN: 6:30 p.m. ET por ESPN Deportes (TV & Radio) en EE.UU. / 5:30PM por ESPN en México.
ENGLISH BROADCAST: CBS, 6:30 p.m. ET
For the Broncos, there's the crucial contribution of veteran guard Louis Vasquez. The Mexican-American has played in every game this season, taking the majority of the snaps in a rotation sequence with Evan Mathis and another Latino, rookie Max Garcia. The Broncos held Vasquez out of their most recent practice, but that could be merely a precautionary measure, since Vasquez has been battling a recent knee issue.
One reason the Broncos have the luxury of resting Vasquez on some snaps is because of the emergence of Garcia, whose parents are from Mexico and Puerto Rico. Garcia has proved himself to be a reliable option filling in for Mathis and Vasquez. Garcia's progress has been due in part to the mentoring of Vasquez. Both players actually began their athletic careers in soccer, before eventually transitioning successfully to the American game.
The Panthers also feature veteran Fernando Velasco. The Colombian-American has been a reliable backup in the second half of the season for Carolina. Ryan Kalil, of Mexican and Lebanese heritage, has been a key mainstay for the squad at center. Whether it's Velasco's pride at his Colombian roots or Kalil's memories of his grandmother from Sonora, Mexico, always encouraging him before games, it's clear that the family heritage of the players has been part of shaping their destinies.
With all these Latino angles involved in the game, there's something for Hispanic fans to root for on either side and in both languages.
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