The NFL, CBS Sports and ESPN have reached a new television broadcast agreement calling for ESPN Deportes to televise the Spanish-language broadcast of Super Bowl 50.
The agreement, announced Monday, will bring the NFL's showpiece event, scheduled for Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, California, to ESPN Deportes for the first time.
"As the broadcaster of Super Bowl 50, it was a priority for us to find a Spanish-language partner to televise this historic broadcast and reach the NFL's Hispanic fan base," Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, said in a statement issued by ESPN. "The ESPN Deportes presentation of Super Bowl 50 will be a great complement to our broadcast on CBS."
ESPN Deportes' Monday Night Football play-by-play voice, Alvaro Martin, will be joined in the booth for the game by analyst and former NFL kicker Raul Allegre, with John Sutcliffe working as the sideline reporter.
"Super Bowl 50 is one of the most anticipated events of the year, and this agreement with CBS and the NFL presents a unique opportunity for ESPN to further connect with the growing U.S. Hispanic NFL fan base," ESPN Deportes vice president Freddy Rolon said. "The Super Bowl's golden anniversary is a great addition to our diverse portfolio of events for 2016."
The news release said ESPN Deportes will kick off its extensive Super Bowl week preview coverage Feb. 1, and coverage will include a live, 90-minute pregame special and an extensive postgame show.
Brian Rolapp, the NFL's executive vice president of media, said, "We are excited to partner with CBS and ESPN Deportes to broadcast Super Bowl 50 domestically in English and Spanish."
"We are committed to delivering our games in customized ways to serve our growing Hispanic fan base and look forward to connecting with our fans on Super Bowl Sunday on CBS and ESPN Deportes," he added.
In a separate announcement Monday, ESPN said ESPN Deportes also will present the Spanish-language simulcast of the upcoming national semifinals and championship game of the second College Football Playoff.