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ESPN to launch Spanish channel

ESPN is expanding its Spanish-language offerings into a dedicated channel.

ESPN Desportes will launch as a 24-hour channel in the third quarter of 2003, with
Spanish-language telecasts of top ESPN sports properties like professional basketball and

Currently, ESPN offers ESPN Desportes on Sunday nights
featuring Spanish broadcasts of National Football League and Major League Baseball contests to 13 million

Turner Network Television, which shares the new National Basketball Association TV deal with ESPN, also plans to offer a second-audio-progra,
feed for its 52 NBA regular-season contests this upcoming