Following record ratings last month, mun2 will take its second shot at a major sports event, when it provides live English-language coverage of the Mexico-Trinidad and Tobago World Cup qualifier on Oct. 14 at 7:55 p.m. (ET).
Taking place in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the match could be the final one in the World Cup Qualifying process for Mexico, which currently sits in second place in CONCACAF qualifying with 15 points, one behind the U.S. The top three teams automatically qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, while the fourth-place team faces a playoff against the fifth-place team from South America.
Coverage of the game on mun2 will be produced by Deportes Telemundo, as the broadcaster will present the game in Spanish.
That was the same combo the networks played on Aug. 12, when they combined to present Mexico's 2-1 win over the U.S. in Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. In its first major sporting event, mun2 delivered 385,000 total viewers for its live coverage at 3:55 p.m. and 275,000 adults 18 to 49, setting a new record for the network and delivering the highest audiences ever for any program on mun2 in this demographic. However, mun2's subscriber base was expanded to 67 million viewers for that match, as parent NBC Universal secured free previews with a number of carriers. The cable network currently counts some 31 million households on its own.
Play-by-play veteran, Phil Schoen and former defenseman for the U.S. national team, Marcelo Balboa will join mun2 as commentators for the match in which El Tri hopes to punch its ticket to South Africa.