2:25pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
ESPN Deportes Acquires Spanish-Language Rights to Veracruz 2014 (Exclusive)
ESPN Deportes will broadcast the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, Veracruz 2014.
The network will provide complete coverage of the multi-sport event, the oldest continuing regional games in the world after the Olympics. The two-week long games are held every four years between the Summer Olympics.
The opening ceremony will air live from Veracruz, Mexico at 8:00 p.m. on Nov.14, and will include a live performance from Grammy-winning singer Ricky Martin. The pop star will perform his new single “Adios” along with a number of his greatest hits.
The event, which will conclude on Nov. 30, will feature 5,700 athletes from 31 countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Jamaica.
"The Central American and Caribbean Games have become one of the most recognized sports events in Latin America and a window for young, upcoming athletes to showcase their abilities in anticipation of the Pan American and the Olympic Games," said ESPN Deportes general manager Lino Garcia.
Athletes will participate in 36 sports disciplines, like boxing, soccer, gymnastics, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, swimming and diving. Added Garcia: "We are excited to deliver the Games to our audience, giving them the opportunity to follow and cheer for their countries and favorite sports disciples."
The network will also present comprehensive coverage and video highlights of Veracruz 2014’s latest updates and news on their website as the event unfolds.