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November 15, 2011
Telemundo, Universal to show CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers

Lauren Cheney and her U.S. team mates will be featured on Telemundo and Universal Sports Network as they try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Lauren Cheney and her U.S. team mates will be featured on Telemundo and Universal Sports Network as they try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.
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NEW YORK – Well, here is some good news for fans who follow the Under-23 level and women’s soccer: CONCACAF announced on Wednesday that has established partnerships with Telemundo and Universal Sports Network for its women’s and men’s Olympic qualifying tournaments.

Telemundo will provide Spanish-language television coverage of both tournaments in the United States Universal Sports Network’s rights include English-language telecasts of all matches featuring the United States and the finals from each tournaments. Universal is the sports arm of NBC, which will televise the London Summer Olympics this summer.

"We are extremely pleased that our Olympic qualifying tournaments will be seen on Universal Sports Network and Telemundo," CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer said in a statement. "With their focus on Olympic sports, we have no doubt that both networks will serve as a great platform for fans to watch our teams attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London."

The women’s tournament will be held at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada from Jan. 19-29. The two finalists will qualify for the London Games from July 27 to Aug. 12 next year.

The CONCACAF men’s qualifying tournament is set for March 22 to April. The group stage will be played at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and Nashville, Tennessee's LP Field. The semifinals and final will take place at the new LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. As with the women, the two finalists will qualify for the Olympics.

A division of NBC Universal, Telemundo is a world leader in the production of Spanish-language content and recently acquired exclusive Spanish-language U.S. media rights to the World Cup across all platforms (except radio) from 2015 through 2022.

“Building on the momentum of our landmark FIFA World Cup® acquisition for 2015-2022, we are excited to have been selected as the new home of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers," said Emilio Romano, President, Telemundo Media, in a statement. “This new deal further expands Deportes Telemundo’s footprint in sports programming and reinforces our commitment to our audience to provide the best and most comprehensive coverage of the most popular and loved sport in the world.”

Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, is the premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related programming in the U.S. Universal Sports is available in 52 markets, including all of the nation’s top 10 media markets and 20 of the top 25, and on DIRECTV.

“This exciting new partnership with CONCACAF demonstrates the high caliber of global sporting events available on Universal Sports, and strengthens our already robust portfolio of Olympic-related programming,” said Universal Sports C.E.O. David Sternberg. “The CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournaments are a natural fit with our programming strategy as we build towards the 2012 Games in London.”

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