SAN JOSE - The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the team has reached an agreement with Telemundo/KSTS-TV 48 to broadcast two late-season Quakes matches on the station. Telemundo will air live the Quakes games on Saturday, September 17 against Club Deportivo Chivas USA and Saturday, October 15. Both games will kick off at 7:00 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center.
"We are very excited about our new partnership with Telemundo," said Earthquakes Interim President and General Manager Kate McAllister. "We have always had a great relationship with Telemundo and we have strengthened it even more with this agreement. One of our ongoing goals is to increase our connection to the local Hispanic community. We feel that these broadcasts, along with our Spanish language radio broadcasts, enhance that connection."
The agreement marks the first time in Earthquakes history that the team's matches will be broadcast by a local affiliate in Spanish. The Earthquakes will also have a bigger presence on the weekly sports show, "Telemundo Deportivo" and will be represented at the "Living Well" event, presented by Telemundo 48 and NBC-11 at the San Jose Convention Center September 24-25.
"We are happy about our new agreement with the Earthquakes. This strengthens our relationship with the Earthquakes. Now, for the first time ever, in September and October, Telemundo will broadcast two Earthquakes games in Spanish to the Bay Area Hispanic community," said Eduardo Dominguez, VP/General Manager KSTS Telemundo.
The Earthquakes Spanish language radio play-by-play announcer Carlos Cesar Rivera will handle the same duties for the two Telemundo broadcasts. He will be joined in the booth by Telemundo sports director, Ramon Diaz, who will serve as the color analyst. Rivera has worked in Bay Area radio for over 20 years and has spent three years as the voice of the Quakes. In his broadcasting career, Rivera has also called games for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants and San Francisco Bay Blackhawks.
Diaz has worked at Telemundo since 1994 and has been the sports director at the station since 1996. At Telemundo, he has helped create the Emmy-nominated weekly sports show, "Telemundo Deportivo" and the popular segment "Atleta de la Semana". The Cal-State Northridge graduate covered the 2001 and 2003 MLS Cups, while also serving as the field reporter for a number of international soccer matches in the Bay Area, including the United States - China game in 2001. He also covered the 1994 and 2002 World Cups and has traveled to Mexico on numerous occasions to cover World Cup qualifying games.
Telemundo, a Spanish language station, is an essential source of entertainment, news and sports for the Hispanic commuity. Transmitting high-quality programming at both the local and national level, Telemundo reaches 91% of the Hispanic viewers in 118 markets at its 15 stations, 32 affiliates and almost 450 cable systems across the country. Telemundo is a property of GE and is run by NBC, the country's leading television station.
In other broadcasting news, the Quakes will televise their Saturday, Sept. 3 game against FC Dallas on Fox Sports Net. The game will air on tape delay at 7:30 p.m. PT. The team will also air the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday, August 24 on the radio on 1590 AM KLIV (English). That game begins at 7:30 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium.
San Jose Earthquakes 2005 season television schedule
Date Opponent Time TV Radio Saturday, August 20 at Real Salt Lake 6:30 p.m. HDNet KLIV @Wednesday, August 24 L.A. GALAXY 7:30 p.m. KLIV Saturday, August 27 L.A. GALAXY 8:00 p.m. ESPN2 KLIV/KZSF Saturday, September 3 at FC Dallas 5:30 p.m. FSN* KLIV Saturday, September 10 CHIVAS USA 7:00 p.m. Direct KLIV/KZSF Saturday, September 17 Chivas USA 7:00 p.m. Tele KLIV Saturday, September 24 FC DALLAS 7:00 p.m. Direct KLIV/KZSF Saturday, October 1 at N.E. Revolution 4:30 p.m. Direct KLIV Saturday, October 8 REAL SALT LAKE 7:00 p.m. Direct KLIV/KZSF Saturday, October 15 at L.A. Galaxy 7:00 p.m. Tele KLIV/KZSF
All times Pacific.
*Tape delay at 7:30 p.m.
@ - Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Tele - Telemundo; FSN - Fox Sports Net; Direct - MLS Direct Kick Package