Univision Deportes to Broadcast Matches from the Most-Watched Soccer League in the U.S. Directly to Fans in English via Facebook Live

Kicks off Saturday, February 18 with América vs. Chivas at 10:00
p.m. ET

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving
Hispanic America, today announced a deal that will bring the live stream
for select matches from Univision Deportes’ comprehensive portfolio of
Liga MX, the most-watched soccer league in the U.S., directly to fans in
English via Facebook Live this season. Kicking off Saturday, February 18
and continuing throughout 2017, fans can stream Liga MX matches in the
U.S., in real-time on the Univision
Deportes Facebook Page
and via Facebook’s Video tab.

Liga MX, the Mexican soccer league, consistently attracts more viewers
than all other soccer properties, including the English Premier League.
Univision Deportes, the undisputed home of soccer in the U.S., has the
most comprehensive portfolio of exclusive Liga MX rights.

“Univision’s unparalleled soccer productions and coverage have always
garnered great engagement from not only Spanish-speaking viewers, but
English-speaking fans as well. Our Facebook partnership is an exciting
opportunity for these fans to experience this great soccer in the
language of their choice,” said Tonia O’Connor, chief commercial officer
and president of Content Distribution, UCI. “TV options have evolved
from broadcast to cable to SVOD. Now Facebook represents the next wave
of TV and, given its scale, they are an ideal partner to distribute our
Liga MX matches in English.”

Dan Reed, Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships, added: “We’re
thrilled Univision is bringing Liga MX matches to Facebook. The move
enables Facebook’s passionate community of soccer fans to watch, share,
talk about and react to one of the sport’s most exciting leagues – all
in one location. We are also committed to supporting Univision Deportes
as it explores innovative ways to complement its television broadcasts.
By delivering unique broadcasts via Facebook Live, Univision Deportes is
able to further reach new audiences in a truly interactive and social

President of Univision Deportes Juan Carlos Rodriguez commented: “We
strive to connect our audience with their passions, and we know that
Liga MX fans are always looking for more ways to experience their
favorite league – whether they are at home or on the go. Now Facebook
will bring the passionate and loyal fans of the most-watched soccer
league in the U.S. their favorite matches to its Facebook Live platform,
where Univision Deportes can also be the first to engage a new,
dedicated audience in today’s mobile and connected world.”

Univision Deportes will stream 46 Liga MX matches including playoff
games in 2017 via Facebook Live. Further terms of the agreement were not

Univision Deportes, the destination of choice for soccer fans in the
U.S., is the award-winning multiplatform sports division of UCI that
includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish- language sports network in the U.S. It
is the home of Liga MX, the highest-rated club soccer league in the U.S.
across all networks, and it carries the rights to 17 of the 18 teams in
the league.

About Univision Deportes

Univision Deportes is the multimedia sports division of Univision
Communications Inc. (UCI) and includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language
sports network in the U.S. Univision Deportes’ portfolio of rights
includes 11 of the 18 teams in Liga MX, the Mexican National Team, the
U.S. Men’s & Women’s National Teams, Major League Soccer, Copa MX, Copa
Centroamericana, Copa América, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions
League, international friendlies, select matches from Liga de Ascenso in
Mexico, Portuguese First Division, Dutch First Division, FC Barcelona TV
and Bayern Munich TV, Mexico’s Campeón de Campeones and SúperCopa, and
Formula 1. Univision Deportes is also the exclusive home to shows such
as Premios Univision Deportes, Solo Boxeo, Zona NBA, Republica Deportiva
and Contacto Deportivo, the highest-rated Spanish-language sports studio
show in the U.S., and delivers comprehensive coverage across platforms
on all the latest from the NBA, NFL, MLB, and world of boxing.

About Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company
serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the
U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the leading networks in the
U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language
broadcast television network in the country available in approximately
92% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading
Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately
86% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks,
including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language
entertainment cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes
Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports cable network,
Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated
to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network
dedicated to international news, and an additional suite of cable
offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and
Telehit; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 59 television
stations and 67 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto
Rico; and Univision Now, a direct-to-consumer, on demand and live
streaming subscription service. The Company also includes the Fusion
Media Group (FMG), a division that serves young, diverse audiences. FMG
includes two cable networks: news and lifestyle
network FUSION TV and UCI’s interest in El Rey Network, a general
entertainment English-language cable network;
the most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics; Uforia,
a music application featuring multimedia music content; as well as a
collection of leading digital brands that span a range of categories:
technology (Gizmodo), sports (Deadspin), music (TrackRecord), lifestyle
(Lifehacker), modern women’s interests (Jezebel), news and social
justice (
African American news and culture (The Root), gaming (Kotaku), and car
culture (Jalopnik). FMG also includes the Company’s interest in comedy
and news satire brands The Onion, Clickhole and The A.V. Club.
Headquartered in New York City, UCI has content creation facilities and
sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more
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