March Madness has nothing on May Madness. When Spanish-language Univision starts its coverage of the 2010 World Cup on May 30, fans will think they've been transported to Soccer Alt World where it's all futbol all the time. And I mean that just about literally: Univision and its sister nets TeleFutura and Galavision plan 900 hours of coverage over the next six weeks.
** All 64 games will be telecast live, in high-definition, and many will be rebroadcast the same day -- Telefutura will replay a handful of the games, and the Galavision cable net will feature a daily "best game of the day" rebroadcast at 9:30 p.m. Every game will also be available through video on demand the day after it's played.
** All 64 games will be streamed live over the Internet to fans in the United States, including Puerto Rico.
** Subscribers to Verizon Wireless V CAST will be able to watch some games live on their cell phones.
Univision will start its coverage with special edition of its Republica Deportiva sportscast on May 30. The actual games kick off at 9:30 a.m. on June 11, when Mexico takes on host South Africa. World Cup officials have managed to align game times pretty well with U.S. viewing hours; no game will start before 7 a.m. or after 2 p.m. Most live games will air on Univision itself (though TeleFutura will handle a few when there are time conflicts), with TeleFutura and Galavision taking care of the evening replays.