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ESPN, Miami Marlins Agree to Multi-Year Deal for Exclusive Spanish-Language Rights to Caribbean Series

For the next five years, ESPN will be the Caribbean Series’ Spanish-language home, with games airing on ESPN Deportes and streaming on ESPN+.

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ESPN and Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins reached an agreement for the exclusive, domestic Spanish-language rights to the Caribbean Series. Beginning in 2024 and running for the next five years, ESPN will be the tournament’s Spanish-language home, with games airing on ESPN Deportes and streaming on ESPN+.

“For over a decade ESPN Deportes has showcased the best of winter baseball with our continued coverage of the Caribbean Series,” said Oscar Ramos, vice president of digital content and ESPN Deportes. “This event has been a cornerstone of our baseball offering to Latino baseball fans and we are thrilled to extend this agreement as we celebrate ESPN Deportes’ 20th anniversary this year.”

The Caribbean Series runs from Feb. 1-9, with pool play tripleheaders scheduled on February 1-7, the semi-finals on Feb. 8, and the finals airing on Feb. 9. For the first time ever, the tournament will take place at a Major League Baseball ballpark, that being LoanDepot Park, the home of the Miami Marlins.

“The multi-year agreement with ESPN will showcase the passion and excitement of baseball in the Caribbean to millions of homes for years to come,” said Caroline O’Connor, Miami Marlins president of business operations. “With the multiple Spanish-language platforms of ESPN, the Caribbean Series will receive significant placement and awareness. Finding a national home was a priority to increase the reach and exposure for this special tournament.”

All games will be available live across ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. Coverage begins on Wednesday with three games — Nicaragua vs. Puerto Rico (10:30 a.m. ET), Curacao vs. Mexico (3:30 p.m. ET), Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic (8:30 p.m. ET).

“The Miami Marlins continue to be great partners and the agreement with ESPN is a great achievement for the Caribbean Series,” said Dr. Juan Francisco Puello Herrera, commissioner of the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation. “ESPN’s Spanish-language platforms provide immense potential in growing the following of this prestigious tournament, as well as further establishes the Caribbean Tournament as a premier international event.”

You can view the tournament’s full schedule below:

2024 Caribbean Series Tournament Schedule

DateTime (ET)GamePlatform
Thurs., Feb 110:30 AMNicaragua vs. Puerto RicoESPN Deportes, ESPN+
 3:30 PMCuracao vs. MexicoESPN+
 8:30 PMVenezuela vs. Dominican RepublicESPN Deportes, ESPN+
Fri., Feb 210:30 AMPanama vs. CuracaoESPN Deportes, ESPN+
 3:30 PMDominican Republic vs. NicaraguaESPN+
 8:30 PMPuerto Rico vs. MexicoESPN Deportes, ESPN+
Sat., Feb 310:30 AMVenezuela vs. CuracaoESPN+
 3:30 PMMexico vs. PanamaESPN+
 8:30 PMDominican Republic vs. Puerto RicoESPN Deportes, ESPN+
Sun., Feb 410:30 AMPanama vs. NicaraguaESPN+
 3:30 PMPuerto Rico vs. VenezuelaESPN+
 8:30 PMMexico vs. Dominican RepublicESPN Deportes, ESPN+
Mon., Feb 510:30 AMNicaragua vs. CuracaoESPN Deportes, ESPN+
 3:30 PMVenezuela vs. MexicoESPN+
 8:30 PMPuerto Rico vs PanamaESPN Deportes, ESPN+
Tues., Feb 610:30 AMMexico vs. NicaraguaESPN Deportes, ESPN+
 3:30 PMCuracao vs. Dominican RepublicESPN Deportes, ESPN+
 8:30 PMPanama vs. VenezuelaESPN Deportes, ESPN+
Wed., Feb 710:30 AMCuracao vs. Puerto RicoESPN Deportes, ESPN+
 3:30 PMDominican Republic vs. PanamaESPN Deportes, ESPN+
 8:30 PMNicaragua vs. VenezuelaESPN Deportes, ESPN+
Thurs., Feb 83 PMSemifinalsESPN Deportes, ESPN+
 8 PMSemifinalsESPN Deportes, ESPN+
Fri., Feb 93 PMThird Place GameESPN+
 8 PMFinalsESPN Deportes, ESPN+

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Jac Collinsworth Out as NBC Voice of Notre Dame Football

NBC will alternate between their new top team of Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge or Dan Hicks and Jason Garrett, depending on the game.

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According to Andrew Marchand of The Athletic, Jac Collinsworth will no longer serve as the play-by-play voice of Notre Dame football games for NBC. The younger Collinsworth, who graduated from Notre Dame in 2017, served as the lead voice for Fighting Irish football games on NBC for two years.

Marchand says that starting next season, NBC’s team of Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge will assume number one college football commentator duties. Internally, NBC execs enjoyed the duo’s calls of NFL and Big Ten football games and wanted to “reward” them with a larger stage. However, Marchand confirms that the pair will still call primetime Big Ten games but will be moved to the Notre Dame call if the network feels the Fighting Irish game of the week is a bigger draw.

Fans of Jason Garrett will be happy to know the former Cowboys coach will still be on the call for other Notre Dame games, now alongside longtime NBC voice Dan Hicks.

All is not lost for Collinsworth, though. Jac will still be part of the Football Night in America team and call college football games on Peacock. Collinsworth was also a voice for the network’s USFL coverage but that will no longer be an option following the league’s merger with the XFL.

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Craig Carton Doubles Down On Philadelphia Eagles Report After Adam Schefter Denial

“I texted someone in the organization yesterday, and the text I got back was, ‘None of that ‘S’ happened.’”

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Craig Carton put out a mysterious report surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles that was shot down by prominent ESPN reporter Adam Schefter. Now, Carton, the current FS1 and former WFAN voice has doubled down on his story.

During the Feb. 20 episode of The Carton Show, Carton said that the Eagles’ collapse was due to, “a problem that would splinter any group of men. It is a real significant problem, and it can not be fixed,” but did not go into any sort of detail.

Schefter, ever the journalist, reached out to a source within the Eagles organization, who immediately denounced the story. During an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic’s The John Kinkaid Show, Schefter said, “I texted someone in the organization yesterday, and the text I got back was, ‘None of that ‘S’ happened.’” Carton immediately started backpedaling via his X account.

Carton also spoke to The New York Post, telling the news outlet, “Considering I never said what the situation was, what exactly are the Eagles denying? I don’t know what the Eagles are denying. Just because the team is denying something and saying it didn’t happen, we should believe them?” The former WFAN host then accuses Schefter of contacting Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and again asks what was being denied because of Carton’s vague original report.

He then retweeted a post from JAKIB Sports reporter Derrick Gunn, saying that there was some internal strife within the Eagles last season. However, nothing Gunn reported seemingly matched the level of dysfunction that Carton speculated.

Today’s episode of The Carton Show also featured Eagles talk, echoing the same sentiments that Carton mentioned to The Post without offering much in the way of news.

Until Carton or another sports media member reveals exactly what went on behind the scenes, Eagles fans will just have to hope for a more positive season in 2024.

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ESPN Broadcast of Rangers-Islanders Stadium Series Game Is Its Most-Viewed NHL Regular Season Game Since 2021

The Stadium Series game between the Rangers and Islanders averaged 1.6 million viewers, the most for a regular season game since the league returned in 2021.

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The NHL on ESPN got a major win under its belt with news that the Sunday, Feb. 18 Stadium Series matchup between the New York Rangers and New York Islanders amassed about 1.6 million viewers, the most for a regular season game since the league returned to the Worldwide Leader in 2021. It was also the most-watched Stadium Series game overall since 2019. The Sunday night broadcast peaked at 2.38 million viewers, an increase of 31 percent vs. last year’s Stadium Series game.

Combined with the Saturday night tilt between the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers, both games averaged 1.37 million total viewers and 448,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic – both figures up 21 percent from last year’s Stadium Series game. Flyers/Devils averaged 1.13 million total viewers and 401,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic, which was flat and up 8 percent versus last year’s Stadium Series. The game’s audience peaked at 1.38 million viewers.

The NHL announced that 9.4 million people across the North American continent tuned into the 16 NHL games that took place across Saturday and Sunday.

Like most sports, NHL viewership has gone up this year — both locally and nationally. Local channel viewership figures are up three percent across the board, while NHL viewership on ESPN is up 40 percent compared to last year.

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