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2010 FIFA World Cup Continues with Quarterfinal Matches; Ratings and Viewership up Significantly

The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa continues on ESPN and ABC with quarterfinal matches Friday and Saturday, July 2-3. The Netherlands vs. Brazil (Friday, 9:30 a.m., ESPN) and Argentina vs. Germany (Saturday, 9:30 a.m., ABC) highlight the weekend matchups. Martin Tyler and Efan Ekoku will call the matches at Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, while Ian Darke and John Harkes will be the commentator team for the two games in Johannesburg. The lead ESPN Radio commentator team of JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth is also in South Africa for the remainder of the tournament and will call the two matches in Johannesburg as well. ESPN 3D will offer coverage of three of four quarterfinal matches and both semifinals next week (July 6-7). Coverage of the matches will also be available on, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN Deportes.


Date Time (ET) Event Networks Site
Fri, Jul 2 9:30 a.m. Netherlands vs. Brazil
Martin Tyler and Efan EkokuRoss Dyer and Shep Messing
ESPN /ESPN3.comESPN Radio Port Elizabeth
2 p.m. Uruguay vs. Ghana
Ian Darke and John HarkesJP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
ESPN / / ESPN 3DESPN Radio Johannesburg
Sat, Jul 3 9:30 a.m. Argentina vs. Germany
Tyler and EkokuGlenn Davis and Kyle Martino
ESPN Radio
Cape Town
2 p.m. Paraguay vs. Spain
Darke and HarkesDellacamera and Smyth
ESPN Radio


Tue, Jul 6 2 p.m. Netherlands-Brazil winner vs.
Uruguay vs. Ghana winner
ESPN / / ESPN 3D / ESPN Radio Cape Town
Wed, Jul 7 2 p.m. Argentina vs. Germany winner vs.
Paraguay vs. Spain-Portugal winner
ESPN / /  ESPN 3D / ESPN Radio Durban

Through the first 54 matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the ESPN networks are averaging a 1.8 U.S. household rating, up 44 percent from the 2006 World Cup (1.3). Among viewers, the ESPN networks are showing a 56 percent gain over 2006 (2,839,000 vs. 1,817,000 viewers).

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