Sergio Dipp, who hosts the Spanish-language edition of NFL Live weekdays on ESPN Deportes and ESPN in Latin America, will be part of ESPN’s English language coverage this weekend, reporting live for SportsCenter and Sunday NFL Countdown from the NFL’s New England Patriots versus Oakland Raiders game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
The Mexico native, who covered the sidelines for ESPN’s season-opening Monday Night Football doubleheader game in September, spoke with Front Row about his assignment and about the buzz in Mexico City with Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champions playing.
How much are you looking forward to this assignment?
This is special for me for many reasons. First, I am excited to be part of the Sunday NFL Countdown team, and second, I am looking forward to hopefully sharing some color around the passion Mexicans have for the game with viewers in the U.S.
How excited are fans about this game in Mexico City?
It’s special to have the current Super Bowl champion playing a regular-season game in our country. It’s Week 11 and this game carries some playoffs implications, in terms of how teams are seeded in the AFC Playoffs, and that makes the game extra special.
In addition, the fact that it’s the Patriots adds another layer of excitement because the franchise has been growing their fan base in Mexico in an unprecedented way. A lot of Mexican millennials are rooting for the Patriots, not only because of the way the team has been winning, but also because of Tom Brady and the brand he is, because of the way Rob Gronkowski has embraced Spanish, and also because a lot of fans want to see Bill Belichick.