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By ESPN Staff
Mar 15, 2006

ABC, ESPN to broadcast all World Cup games live

BRISTOL, Conn. -- ABC will televise 12 of the 64 games at this year's World Cup, including the final on July 9 and the first-round matchup between the United States and Italy on June 17. All of ABC's broadcasts from the tournament in Germany will be on Saturdays and Sundays. ESPN will broadcast 21 games and ESPN2 will televise 31 at the tournament, which starts on June 9. Because of the six-hour time difference between Germany and ET, games start at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the East Coast of the United States. All of the ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 broadcasts will be live. At the last World Cup in Europe, played in France in 1998, ABC broadcast 14 games, ESPN 27 and ESPN2 23. The 2002 World Cup was played in Japan and South Korea, where there was a 13-hour time difference with the U.S. East Coast. ABC televised just one game live -- the final. ESPN broadcast 16 games live and ESPN2 41, with six games shown only on a delayed broadcast. All games will be available on high definition -- all though not all cable systems carry HDTV. Univision has the U.S. Spanish-language broadcast rights.