One of the often-cited characteristics of ESPN talent moves recently is “versatility,” with the network valuing people who can contribute multiple types of TV shows, and sometimes audio and/or written content as well. New recruit Luis Miguel Echegaray certainly brings that, and he also adds the dimension of being able to contribute both ESPN content in English and ESPN Deportes content in Spanish.
Echegaray was most recently at CBS Sports, where he helped launch a podcast/YouTube show ¡Que Golazo! in 2020. He has also contributed to their football coverage, including with the UEFA Champions League and CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. Now he has joined ESPN on a multi-year contract, where he will contribute football coverage (including Spanish La Liga, FA Cup, Carabao Cup etc.), writing for ESPN.com and appearing regularly on ESPN-FC, Fuera de Juego, and more. But he will also be a regular guest on Monday night tailgatethe digital weekly Monday night football pre-game show. He will also contribute on general sports topics to other ESPN broadcasts in English and Spanish, including sports center. Here’s how he announced it on Twitter:
MI NICE! Glad to say I joined the @espn family.
VA – and I can’t stress this enough – MOS!
— Luis Miguel Echegaray (@lmechegaray) September 12, 2022
And here’s more about his renting a version:
“Luis Miguel has a unique background and brings a distinct voice and infectious energy to his coverage,” said Nate Ravitz, Vice President, Digital Content. “His ability to connect with fans in both English and Spanish makes him an ideal candidate for our ongoing efforts to serve and grow audiences across linear and digital platforms.”
Echegaray added: “Joining ESPN is the ultimate dream, and honestly words cannot describe how happy I am to join this amazing family. I’ve worked so hard to get here – a Peruvian kid with the background that I been through, both personally and professionally, is finally here. Ooooh, baby!
“It means a lot that ESPN cares so much about our people, La cultura, and I look forward to contributing my energy and passion for sport and culture.”
Echegaray has a long history in the world of sports media, with other past work stoppages including Telemundo Deportes (for Copa America coverage in 2019), Sports Illustrated (Writer and Latino/Hispanic Audience Manager for the Planet Soccer vertical, plus co-host of Planet Football TVand a writer on other sports, including boxing and the NFL), and The Guardian (where he was the first full-time Latin sports and cultural journalist for The American Guardian in 2016). He also spent 15 years as an actor (including in 2008 Mutant Chronicles with John Malkovich and Ron Perlman) and television writer. We’ll see what he brings to ESPN, but he’s certainly an intriguing recruit.[ESPN Press Room; photo from Echegaray on Twitter]