QUITO, Ecuador, Dec 4, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) --
Ecuavisa, the leading TV network in Ecuador, has acquired the exclusive, long term U.S. broadcast rights for the top 'Primera A' division Ecuadorian football teams, whose matches will be aired live in the U.S. through its Ecuavisa International feed. The teams included in the exclusive agreement include Barcelona (currently ranked #1 in Ecuador), Emelec (#2), Deportivo Quito (#8), Deportivo Cuenca (#10) and Universidad Católica (who re-entered Division A in 2008). The announcement was made today by Ecuavisa CEO Xavier Alvarado.
"Securing the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights for these leading teams secures Ecuavisa's dominance as the network of choice for Ecuadorians living in the U.S. and football fans regardless of their ethnicity," said Alvarado. "Passionate about our hometown teams, Ecuadorians living in the U.S. will now be able to turn to Ecuavisa for all of their Primera A football coverage."
"We can now ensure our viewers that Ecuavisa will be broadcasting the matches of the top performing football teams in Ecuador's Primera A division," added Ecuavisa General Manager Guillermo Hidalgo. "Fans will be able to watch their team's matches live, cheer for their favorite players and have plenty of opportunity to analyze and debate every play. That is, afterall, what is most important to sports fans, second only to winning!"
Ecuadorian football clubs have fought hard for international success. The first club to reach the finals of an international tournament was Barcelona, who reached the finals of the 1990 and 1998 Copa Libertadores, but lost both. In 2001, Emelec became the second club to reach the finals of an international tournament at the 2001 Copa Merconorte, but they too lost. In 2008, LDU Quito became the first club to win an international title by becoming the 2008 Copa Libertadores champion and went on to win the Recopa Sudamericana and the Copa Sudamericana, both in 2009. Perhaps 2013 will be the year Ecuadorian teams earn the opportunity to compete on the world field.
Barcelona: Founded in 1925 and based in the populated city of Guayaquil, Barcelona Sporting Club is one of the strongest teams in the Ecuadorian football league. Some of the team's prominent players include Pedro Leon, Alberto Acosta, Cyril Makanaky, Hugo Brizuela, Janio Pinto, Jorge Guagua, Diego Quintana, Oscar Bagui and Rolando Zarate.
Emelec: Based in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Club Sport Emelec is a sports club which has the highest total number of Ecuadorian championship wins, when all sports are covered including swimming, basketball, boxing, chess, judo etc. Barcelona SC, their main rival has beaten them when only success in the field of football is taken into account.
Deportivo Quito: Based in Quito, Ecuador, Sociedad Deportivo Quito was founded in 1940, and currently plays in the Primera A division of the Ecuadorian football league. Known as 'La Academia de los Ecuatorianos desde 1940' by fans as well as sports journalists, the club earned this name due its playing style.
Deportivo Cuenca: Based in Cuenca, Ecuador, Club Deportivo Cuenca is a professional football club which was founded in 1971. Nicknamed 'Morlacos', the team has one championship win under its belt, achieved in 2004, and four appearances in the Copa Libertadores championship.
Universidad Catolica: Currently playing in the top division, Primera A of the Ecuadorian football league, Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica del Ecuador is a professional football club based in Quito, Ecuador. They had a brief stint in the Primera B in 1993, and then once again in 1998, to come back into the Primera A in 2008. They won the Primera B championship two times in 1990 and 2007.
About Ecuavisa Internacional
Ecuavisa Internacional is produced and distributed by Ecuavisa, the leading TV network in Ecuador, to better serve and maintain connected Ecuadorians around the world. The network has been leader among the audience for 45 years. It is #1 in news, offering seven daily reports presented by renowned anchors; it is #1 in sports offering weekly soccer "Series A" matches broadcasted live using cutting edge technology, and its #1 in TV series with its telenovelas, comedies, dramas, as well travel, game and talk shows. Ecuavisa Internacional is available through DirecTV (channel 438), Comcast Xfinity,Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios (channel 1512), Cablevision iO en Espanol (channel 235)in the Tri State Area, RCN, and San Bruno Municipal Cable TV (channel 620), among others. For more information from Ecuavisa Internacional please visit: www.ecuavisa.com
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