Univision Sports Chief Ankles as Network Launch Nears


With about a month to go before the planned launch of its
all-sports cable network, Univision Communications has launched a search to
replace Univision Sports president Sandy Brown.

Brown abruptly stepped down from his post in early March,
after just one year on the job. A Univision spokesperson said he would stay on
with the programmer as an adviser.

The departure of Brown comes at a highly sensitive time for
Univision, which is set to launch its all-sports cable network sometime in
April. Additionally, a second sports service -- Univision Deportes Dos,
featuring repeats of the network's weekend soccer matches -- is also on the
drawing board. The launch is part of a comprehensive
programming deal
Univision reached with satellite-TV provider Dish Network
in January.

In a recent interview, weeks before stepping down, Brown
said Univision's new sports cable channel is set to benefit "a great deal" from
the company's strenghtened relationship with Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa.
Much of the content is expected to hail from Televisa's sports-only properties
including Noticiero Televisa Deportes,
Accion and Estadio Total.

Brown had been at Univision for just over a year and was
working from the company's headquarters in New York. Previously, he had worked
for ESPN, the National Basketball Association, Worldspace, Virtual Spectator
and CNBC.