Univision's Uva Joins Board Trying To Get World Cup For U.S.
July 20, 2009 at 4:59 AM (PT)
UNIVISION CEO JOE UVA will serve on the USA BID COMMITTEE, the group trying to bring soccer's WORLD CUP tournament to the UNITED STATES for 2018 or 2022.
"In the U.S., UNIVISION is 'futbol' for millions of viewers looking to feel the passion and energy that defines the sport," said UVA. "Because of the growing influence and impact of the Hispanic population in this country, we know we will have a critical voice in helping the United States secure the opportunity to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022. I am personally honored to be able to support this bid on their behalf."
"The USA BID COMMITTEE is grateful to have JOE UVA and UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS supporting our bid to host the FIFA WORLD CUP in 2018 or 2022," said David Downs, Exec. Dir.of the USA BID COMMITTEE. "UNIVISION serves a crucial role in introducing millions of Spanish-speaking individuals to our country every year and soccer plays an especially important role in that process. The Hispanic population greatly contributes to the diversity of our country and that diversity is a key strength of our bid."
"For our bid to be successful, we will need the support of key allies in the media to help us communicate the fundamental mission behind our bid," said SUNIL GULATI, USA BID COMMITTEE Chairman and President of U.S. SOCCER. "UNIVISION answers that call with a significant and growing base of viewers that has proven over the years to be passionate about soccer."