Mexico’s World Cup bid a boon for US economy

November 25, 2013

Al Jazeera America, 11/23/2013

Soccer StadiumIn a reflection of changing demographics in the U.S., Mexican soccer is a significant player on American television. A 2012 ESPN poll confirmed that in the key 12- to 24-year-old demographic, soccer has surpassed basketball, college football and Major League Baseball to become the second-most watched sport after pro football. But among all age groups of Hispanics in the U.S., soccer’s anticipated edge was even more pronounced than expected (almost nine percentage points higher than the second-place NFL), prompting ESPN to buy the rights to English-language broadcasts of Mexico’s pro soccer league, Liga MX. English-language ESPN and ABC broadcasts of the last World Cup saw the U.S. team peak with just over 15 million viewers, versus Mexico’s peak of 5.5 million. But Spanish-language broadcasts of Mexican games on Univision averaged 6.1 million viewers, with a peak of 8.7 million when Mexico faced Argentina in the second round. This suggests that in terms of U.S. media, Mexico’s presence in the World Cup is at least as important as the U.S.’s.

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President Obama Expects Immigration Bill In April (Video)

March 28, 2013

obamaABC News/Univision, 3/27/13

President Obama expects an immigration bill to come before the Senate next month and voiced optimism that a final bill could pass through Congress this summer. A bipartisan group of senators, known as the “Gang of Eight,” missed a self-imposed deadline to submit a comprehensive immigration reform bill by the end of March, sparking concern that the group had reach an unsolvable impasse. But Obama said on Wednesday that the group is “actually making progress” and that they are very close to reaching a final agreement on a bill.

“I’m actually optimistic that when they get back they will introduce a bill,” Obama said during an interview with Univision. “My sense is that they have come close and my expectation is that we’ll actually see a bill on the floor of the Senate next month.” The president has repeatedly said that he would propose his own immigration bill should negotiations in Congress grind to a halt. But Obama refused to say that he would take such action even if the lawmakers fail to introduce a bill in April.

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Univision: The untold story of what ‘Fast and Furious’ wrought in Mexico

October 1, 2012

The Christian Science Monitor, 10/01/2010

Sunday evening, Univision airs an investigative report on how the botched ‘Fast and Furious’ program resulted in a deadly toll in Mexico when US authorities allowed guns to ‘walk’ across the border.

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Immigration lawyer known as ‘the angel of justice’ among Latinos

August 20, 2012

Los Angeles Times, 8/20/2012

Jessica Dominguez is known as “el angel de la justicia” (the angel of justice). Her television spot — part educational programming, part reality TV — airs once a week during Univision‘s “Despierta America,” the country’s highest-rated morning show among Latinos.

When not on camera, Dominguez, an attorney, helps immigrants who come to her armed with stacks of papers and filled with hopes of living legally in the U.S.

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The Next Frontier In TV: English News For Latinos

August 15, 2012

NPR, 8/15/12

Univision has been operating for five decades and already commands about three-quarters of the Spanish-speaking television audience in the U.S. across its various broadcast and cable channels, according to Nielsen ratings estimates. On many nights, its ratings beat the major English-language networks. Now it is joining with ABC News to map out an entirely new network to reach Hispanics who prefer English.

“This is a fascinating point in our country’s history right now,” says Cesar Conde, president of Univision networks.

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The Anchor

July 6, 2012

Washington Monthly, May/June 2012

Connecting with Latinos is now a top priority for both parties, and Univision is the main conduit. No other network comes close to its scope.

If Univision is the most important Spanish-language network, then Ramos is the biggest, most trusted on-air personality on Spanish-language TV. Often referred to as the Walter Cronkite of Hispanic news, he connects with viewers on a nightly basis.

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Mexico’s 2012 Presidential Election and the Nation’s Role in the World [video]

June 20, 2012

On June 18th the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted an event with the three major Mexican presidential candidate’s foreign policy representatives:

Ambassador Rubén Alberto Beltrán Guerrero was, until recently, the Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean under President Felipe Calderón.   He is currently Josefina Vázquez Mota’s presidential campaigns Coordinator for International Affairs.   He holds a law degree from the Iberoamericana University. He has been in public service since 1975 and a career member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1981, and served as Consul General of Mexico in New York, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

Mr. Emilio Lozoya Austin is the international outreach coordinator for former Governor Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidential campaign. Mr. Lozoya Austin served as the Chairman of the World Economic Forum and the IDB.  He is a board member on many Mexican companies and holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and obtained a Bachelors degree in Law from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Moreover, he holds a Masters degree in International Development and Public Administration from the Harvard University.

Ambassador Jorge Eduardo Navarrete López is the presidential campaign advisor for international affairs to Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and if AMLO becomes the President, Navarrete López, will become the Foreign Secretary.  He has been an Ambassador to many nations, among them England, Venezuela, Germany, the UN, Chile, Brazil as well as other countries.  Navarrete López received his B.A. in economics from UNAM, and served on their alumni board.

The event was moderated by Mr. León Krauze, anchor for Univision’s KMEX 34 in Los Angeles.

To watch the event please click here



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