Rogerio Ceni Out For Six Months

14 04 2009

São Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni will be out of action for the next six months after he fractured his ankle in practice.

The world’s all-time scoring goalkeeper with 83 goals will need surgery and will miss the remainder of the Copa Santander Libertadores as well as the Paulistão and probably the remainder of the Brazilian national tournament.

The Brazilian international goalkeeper was part of the 1997 Confederations Cup team as well as the 2002 World Cup team.  He also won the 2005 Copa Libertadores title as well as the inaugural World Club Cup tournament.





US Gets Fairly Accessible Group In Gold Cup

6 04 2009

The two-time defending champion US National Team find themselves in a very accessible group. The Stars and Stripes will be in Group B of this year’s Gold Cup

(CONCACAF.com)

(CONCACAF.com)

alongside Haiti, Honduras, and Caribbean minnows Grenada. The big question mark will be how the host nation will treat this tournament as they will have an interesting summer culminating with the Confederations Cup in South Africa.

US lift Gold Cup in 2007 (CONCACAF.com)

US lifts Gold Cup in 2007 (CONCACAF.com)

Group A is definitely the most even group from top to bottom as teams like Costa Rica, Canada, Jamaica, and El Salvador will battle each other.
Group C will be an interesting group to look at as Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, and 2005 Cinderella Guadaloupe.

Listen to MAF when we have US soccer guru Kartik Krishnaiyer on to discuss the groups.

Group A- Costa Rica, El Salvador, Canada, Jamaica
Group B- USA, Haiti, Honduras, Grenada
Group C- Mexico, Guadaloupe, Nicaragua, Panama





Dish Signs Multi-Year Deal With Univision

1 04 2009

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Dish Network signed deals with the Spanish television giant Univision. Details of the respective agreements were not made public.  This solution at the eleventh hour by both Dish Network and Univision prevented what could have been a disastrous move by both sides as far as their futures in the US television spectrum. Despite a ratings drop for Spanish television, the network has seen a growth in viewership.

Univision said the that the network as gone against the current viewer trend acquiring one of the youngest broadcasting audiences in primetime in American television. These numbers were announced two days after Univision reported its fourth-quarter net loss widened on US$2.25 billion in write-downs as well as other charges, while television and radio revenue fell due to a drop in advertising moneys.

Univision has been hurt by an advertising slump that has affected nearly all media companies, and it is struggling to make payments on nearly $10 billion of debt, as cash flow falls precipitously and cash on hand declines. Much of the debt came from the company’s $12.3 billion leveraged buyout to a group of private investors. The Spanish television network was in danger of having a large number of their Dish Network viewership blacked out as of April 1st of sporting events such as the Mexican First Division and the Confederations Cup.

Univision Communications, Inc.  had also inked a multi-year deal with Time Warner in order market and distrbiute the Spanish networks in some markets.





Univision Flexes Its Muscle Against Dish Network “Evil”

30 03 2009

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Strength comes in numbers and Univision as well as its sister networks Galavisión and Telefutura are not going to be shy to use that to their advantage.  Thre networks  decided to use the corporate version of Populism in order to strong arm Dish Network into not disrupting the signal for these three channels “at any moment”.
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