Include Galavision in Soccer Coverage

RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 24, 2003

I'm happy to see coverage of the Women's World Cup in "Soccer Watch" [Sept. 19]. But disappointed that TV coverage (live, no less!) by Galavision was not included in your broadcast schedule. You're not alone. None of the additional sources of information cited by "Soccer Watch" mentioned Galavision either. On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, Galavision had live coverage of three matches. Telefutura (cable deluxe?) showed a game as well. But nobody else did. In fact, eager soccer fans unable to spend hours a'Googling for TV schedules will have missed a total of 10 matches on Galavision and four on Telefutura through the first seven days. Compare that with ESPN/ESPN2 with eight and ABC with two.
   I don't take the Statesman, for just this kind of reason, but a friend found no mention of first-day games in either their sports or TV section. Sigh. It's not easy being a soccer fan. I'm not disputing the amount of coverage being given this tournament – I know a tiny sports marketing niche when I'm in one – it's just frustrating not to know about coverage when it is there.
   But kudos to Galavision. I'll admit I'm surprised by the extent of their coverage and am a little thankful that my Spanish is too rusty for me to get the entire commentary. But there are the games and I've had a lot of fun watching them.
   If there is time to include Galavision's schedule for the rest of the week in the next Chron, you would provide a valuable service to WWC fans.
   P.S. Did you tell us where we can watch Champions League games?
Clare Leddy
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