NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announced that its Executive Vice President of Sports, Eli Velazquez, will assume leadership of Telemundo Deportes, reporting to Beau Ferrari, Chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. The news comes following Telemundo’s record-breaking coverage of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and its recently announced exclusive Spanish-language partnership with the US Soccer Federation.
In his new role, Velazquez will lead the division with oversight over sports production, programming, acquisitions, operations, and content. He will also be responsible for the management and execution of major Spanish-language event coverage, including FIFA World Cup properties, the Olympic Games, NFL Sunday Night Football, US Soccer Federation matches, Premier League, and Liga MX’s Chivas de Guadalajara, and he will continue to work closely with NBC Sports and Peacock.
A Telemundo veteran for over 20 years, Velazquez has played an integral role in the management and execution of Telemundo Deportes’ marquee sports properties, having led the production of Telemundo’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019, Copa America Brazil 2019, and more recently, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. During his tenure, Telemundo Deportes delivered the first-ever Super Bowl to air on a Spanish broadcast network in 2022, becoming the most-watched NFL game in Spanish-language history.
“Eli has played an integral role in helping build Telemundo Deportes into a world-class sports content organization and, with its leadership team, we are well positioned to continue leading as a premier sports destination across platforms in the United States,” Beau Ferrari commented.
The company also announced the sports leadership team reporting into Velazquez: Ivel Alfaro-Calvo, VP of Programming & Production, Sports; Eliseo Cano Fernandez, VP of Business Operations & Finance, Sports; Roberto Pardo, SVP of Sports Content; and Christopher Suarez-Meyers, SVP of Sports Content Operations.