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ESPN and The Florida Cup Reach Broadcast Agreement

ESPN - Wednesday 3rd January, 2018

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<strong>Deal Includes Rights in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania</strong> <strong>Tournament Kicks off January 10th and Features Clubs from Europe and Latin America </strong>

ESPN has reached an agreement to air the Florida Cup, the largest annual celebration of international soccer in the Sunshine State, it was announced today. ESPN will air all eight matches of the 2018 Florida Cup (<strong>January 10-20, 2018</strong>) across its family of networks in the following regions: the United States (ESPN Deportes), Mexico and Central America, Caribbean Islands, South America (except for Brazil) and for the first time since 2015, Oceania.

In the U.S. all eight Florida Cup matches will stream live in Spanish on the ESPN App. ESPN Deportes, ESPN's Spanish-language network serving U.S. Hispanics, will air select matches. In Latin America, The Florida Cup will air on ESPN linear networks and stream live on ESPNPlay.

"We are pleased to add the Florida Cup to ESPN's extensive roster of soccer events in the U.S., Latin America, Caribbean, and Oceania," said Tim Bunnell, senior vice president of production, programming, marketing and advertising sales, ESPN International. "The Florida Cup has quickly become a global pre-season tournament and one of the most popular international soccer events played on U.S. soil and we're thrilled to showcase all the matches to soccer fans across ESPN platforms."

"We continue to reach new heights with the 2018 Florida Cup and kickoff is still a month away," said CEO Ricardo Villar. "This new agreement with ESPN marks another major milestone in the event's history, and brings the thrill and excitement of the Florida Cup to a broader audience around the world. Soccer fans will tune in and see why Orlando and Central Florida are the home of international soccer."

The Florida Cup will kick off at Orlando City Stadium with the first ever meeting between Brazil's SC Corinthians and Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven featuring Mexican international Hirving "Chucky" Lozano on January 10, and Brazil's Clube Atletico Mineiro against the legendary Rangers FC from Scotland . on January 11. The event returns to Spectrum Stadium at the University of Central Florida, with marquee matchups between PSV and Fluminense of Brazil, the Scotland's Rangers FC versus Brazil's SC Corinthians on Jan. 13, and Atletico Nacional against Atletico Mineiro on Jan. 14.

It will be a battle of loyal fans in South Florida as Barcelona SC, Ecuador's most popular club, face Legia Warsaw, one of the most loyally supported clubs in Poland, at Central Broward Stadium on January 13. Al Lang Stadium, home of the USL's Tampa Bay Rowdies, will host the final match of the Florida Cup in St. Petersburg on January 20 when Legia Warsaw face Atletico Nacional of Medellin.

<strong>About The Florida Cup:</strong>

The Florida Cup is the largest annual international celebration of soccer held in the Sunshine State. A global platform that combines sports and entertainment, the event draws the best international clubs with a world-wide fan base, leading international sponsors like adidas, Lennar Homes and Universal Orlando Resorts, and is broadcast live across to over 140 countries on five continents. The 2018 event will feature popular soccer clubs from Europe and Latin America such as Rangers FC from Scotland, PSV Eindhoven from the Netherlands, Poland's Legia Warsaw, Atletico Nacional of Colombia, Barcelona SC of Ecuador, and Brazilian powerhouses including 2017 Serie A Champions SC Corinthians. The world's premier players and passionate fans will convene in Central Florida January 10 - 20, 2018 for a final pre-season tune-up and to kick off a World Cup year.

<strong>About ESPN:</strong>

ESPN, Inc. is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of sports assets with over 50 business entities. Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN's headquarters includes 950,000 square feet in 16 buildings on 123 acres (116 contiguous), with additional office space (400,000 sq. ft.) rented nearby. The company is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.

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<strong> </strong>2 de enero de 2018

<strong>ESPN y The Florida Cup celebran acuerdo de transmision</strong>

<strong>El contrato incluye derechos en los EE.UU., America Latina, el Caribe y Oceania</strong> <strong>El torneo comienza el 10 de enero y contara con la participacion de clubes provenientes de America Latina y Europa </strong>

ESPN ha llegado a un acuerdo para transmitir The Florida Cup, el mayor evento anual de f&uacute;tbol internacional en el estado de Florida, se anuncio hoy. ESPN transmitira los ocho partidos de The Florida Cup 2018 (<strong>del 10 al 20 de enero de 2018</strong>) a traves de toda su familia de cadenas en las siguientes regiones: los Estados Unidos (ESPN Deportes), Mexico y Centroamerica, el Caribe, America del Sur (excepto Brasil) y por primera vez desde 2015, Oceania.

En los Estados Unidos, los ocho partidos seran transmitidos en vivo y en espanol en streaming a traves del ESPN App, la aplicacion de ESPN. ESPN Deportes, el canal de ESPN dirigido a hispanos en los Estados Unidos transmitira partidos selectos. En Latinoamerica, The Florida Cup sera transmitida por los canales de ESPN y via streaming por ESPNPlay.

"Nos complace agregar The Florida Cup a la extensa lista de ESPN de eventos de f&uacute;tbol en los EE.UU., America Latina, el Caribe y Oceania", comento Tim Bunnell, vicepresidente senior de produccion, programacion, marketing y ventas de publicidad de ESPN International. "The Florida Cup se ha convertido rapidamente en un torneo de pretemporada a nivel mundial y en uno de los eventos de mayor popularidad de f&uacute;tbol internacional jugados en los EE.UU. Nos sentimos entusiasmados de ofrecer cobertura del evento a traves de las plataformas de ESPN para los aficionados de f&uacute;tbol".

"Seguimos alcanzando nuevos hitos con The Florida Cup 2018 y todavia nos queda un mes mas hasta la patada de inicio," expreso Director General Ricardo Villar. "Este nuevo acuerdo con ESPN marca otro nuevo acontecimiento de gran importancia en la historia del evento y presenta la emocion y el entusiasmo de The Florida Cup a una audiencia mas amplia alrededor del mundo. Los fans de f&uacute;tbol van a sintonizar y poder darse cuenta de la razon por la cual Orlando y el area del centro de Florida son el hogar del f&uacute;tbol internacional."

The Florida Cup dara inicio en el 10 de enero en el Orlando City Stadium con el primer enfrentamiento en la historia entre los SC Corinthians de Brasil y la potencia mundial holandesa, PSV Eindhoven con el mexicano destacado a nivel internacional, Hirving "Chucky" Lozano y el Clube Atletico Mineiro de Brasil contra los legendarios Rangers FC de Escocia el 11 de enero. El evento vuelve al Spectrum Stadium de University of Central Florida en contiendas estelares entre PSV y Fluminense de Brasil y los Rangers FC del Reino Unido contra los SC Corinthians de Brasil el 13 de enero y Atletico Nacional contra Atletico Mineiro el 14 de enero.

Sera una batalla de fans leales en el sur de la Florida cuando Barcelona SC, el club mas popular del Ecuador, se enfrentara con Legia Warsaw, uno de los clubs que los fans mas lealmente apoyan en Polonia, en el Central Broward Stadium el 13 de enero. El Al Lang Stadium, el hogar de los Rowdies de Tampa Bay de la USL [United Soccer League por sus siglas en ingles], sera la sede del &uacute;ltimo partido de The Florida Cup en San Petersburgo el 20 de enero cuando Legia Warsaw se enfrenta con Atletico Nacional de Medellin.

<strong>Acerca de The Florida Cup:</strong>

The Florida Cup, una plataforma mundial que combina el deporte y el entretenimiento, es el mas importante evento de f&uacute;tbol internacional que se celebra anualmente en el estado de Florida. Transmitido en vivo en 2017 a mas de 140 paises, el torneo alcanzo a mas de 50 millones de espectadores. Mundialmente reconocidos clubes de f&uacute;tbol de Europa y de America Latina se reuniran en el area del centro de Florida para este evento de primera categoria - que sirve de preparacion antes del comienzo de sus respectivas campanas y la patada de inicio del ano de la Copa del Mundo. Para obtener mas informacion sobre The Florida Cup, inclusive las entradas, visite www.floridacup.com, o siganos en Facebook, Twitter e Instagram.

<strong>Acerca de ESPN:</strong>

ESPN, Inc. es la empresa multinacional multimedios lider en entretenimiento deportivo con la cartera mas amplia de propiedades deportivas y mas de 50 entidades comerciales. Basada en Bristol, Connecticut, EE.UU., la casa matriz de ESPN incluye 88257.89 m2 en 16 edificios en un campus de 497763 m2 (469435 colindantes) con mas espacio alquilado en las cercanias (37161.22 m2) para oficinas. La empresa es propiedad de ABC, Inc, una sociedad filial indirecta de The Walt Disney Company, en un 80%. The Hearst Corporation mantiene un 20% de propiedad en ESPN.

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<strong>ESPN: </strong>Ardi Dwornik | (646) 547-5612 | [email&#160;protected]; Santa Brito | (646) 547-5602 | [email&#160;protected]

<strong> </strong><strong>Florida Cup: </strong>Lenny Santiago | (386) 451-5809 | [email&#160;protected]

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