Behind The Scenes

ESPN Deportes: An inside look
at E:60 En Español

ESPN Deportes’ E:60 returns for its second season, this time bringing a greater number of never-before-seen features produced in Spanish-language and exclusively for the Hispanic audience.

In anticipation of the season premiere tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET, David Walsh, one of the producers of the show, caught up with Front Row to share some insights about the production of the show.

Tell us a little bit about E:60 on ESPN Deportes and this second season? What is different this year in terms of content?
E:60 on ESPN Deportes follows the same format and concept of the English-language version of the show. The goal this year was to increase the production of Spanish language content in the show. Working with our production team and reporters we identified current stories and athletes that we hope will connect with the audience. These include everything from the return of Salvador Cabañas to playing soccer after being shot in the head in 2010, to an investigation of the most serious problem facing the sport of soccer today which is match fixing, to some of the most compelling stories in baseball, basketball and Olympic athletes.

What is the process when selecting the topics to be investigated in the show?
We look for stories that go deep and beyond the sports and his protagonists. We all pitch in ideas and evaluate a variety of factors before selecting each story: Is it a good story, is it a story the audience will care about, and do we have the resources to see it through?

This year, the show features a number of stories from around the world. In terms of production how do you work with our global resources to get each piece done?
Many of our stories were set outside the U.S. and using ESPN production resources from around the world really helped us facilitate many pieces of the stories. This year, we worked with ESPN in Argentina, Mexico and Singapore; with ESPN Deportes and Latin America reporter based in Madrid, Martin Ainstein; and with our bureaus in Miami, and LA. Throughout the production of the show, we also visited a total of 10 different countries: Qatar, Senegal, El Salvador, Canada, France, Paraguay, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Spain and Puerto Rico.

How do you collaborate with the ESPN English team with specific stories that are featured in both languages?
Since the show’s debut last year, the ESPN English team has been extremely helpful with ideas and allowing us to work with them on stories that are good for the ESPN Deportes audience. A good example of our collaboration is a story we worked together on this year about the Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran and his community involvement in Puerto Rico. The story was produced so that it could be adapted to the English and Spanish audiences. In the near future, we are also looking to do something similar with Giants player Victor Cruz.

What are some of the most relevant stories we should look for this season?
Paraguayan soccer star Salvador Cabañas and his miraculous return to playing after being shot in the head in 2010; Mexican goalkeeper Memo Ochoa on his fresh start in Europe and ups and downs as part of Mexico’s national team; match fixing in soccer; and the controversial story of Puerto Rican NBA star Jose “Piculin” Ortiz who was arrested by Federal agents for charges related to the growing problem of drug trafficking, amongst many others.

The second season of E:60 will present a total of five one-hour weekly editions from July 3 – July 31. E:60 features a roundtable of some of the network’s most respected journalists including José Ramón Fernández, David Faitelson, Jorge Ramos, Fernando Palomo, Fernando Schwartz, Guillermo Celis, Carolina Guillen and Martin Ainstein.

Watch video above for a preview of this season.

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