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    Could it be possible for an all-sports format working in the island on the FM dial? They can carry Miami Dolphins, Heat, Marlins and Panthers games in Spanish to fill air time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TVCOOL View Post
    Could it be possible for an all-sports format working in the island on the FM dial? They can carry Miami Dolphins, Heat, Marlins and Panthers games in Spanish to fill air time.
    Doubt there'd be much hockey interest there. There sure isn't much in Miami itself! Baseball and basketball would seem like naturals, and maybe even football although I have no idea how much interest there is in American football there as opposed to the rest of the world's football. But is there enough loyalty to those mainland teams in Florida to say for certain that an all-Miami sports format would be the best way to go. The Miami pro teams are so nondescript-to-awful right now that there might be more interest in the glamorous franchises (Yankees, Dodgers, Cavaliers, Warriors, Patriots, etc.) than in those teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTListener View Post
    Doubt there'd be much hockey interest there. There sure isn't much in Miami itself! Baseball and basketball would seem like naturals, and maybe even football although I have no idea how much interest there is in American football there as opposed to the rest of the world's football. But is there enough loyalty to those mainland teams in Florida to say for certain that an all-Miami sports format would be the best way to go. The Miami pro teams are so nondescript-to-awful right now that there might be more interest in the glamorous franchises (Yankees, Dodgers, Cavaliers, Warriors, Patriots, etc.) than in those teams.
    PR has traditionally followed NYC baseball. That's because the New York metro has the largest Puerto Rican community of all, even counting San Juan.

    Very few Puerto Ricans live in Miami; Miami is considered "Cuban" and there is a general rivalry or even distaste for all things Cuban in PR, although it is less than in the first decades of the Cuban diaspora.

    Basketball is the biggest sport, but there is a wildly popular local league and games are often full. Little interest in mainland basketball.

    American football is followed, mostly, by people who went to college on the mainland. There is practically no local High School and no college play. It's a niche sport. And the uniforms are way to hot to be played in in PR.

    Local baseball is for an older generation. Most pro games in the Island league don't get even 1000 spectators.

    No interest in Soccer at all, except some play at private schools of the most upscale kind.

    The major sport in PR is politics.
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    American football is followed, mostly, by people who went to college on the mainland. There is practically no local High School and no college play. It's a niche sport. And the uniforms are way to hot to be played in in PR.

    And yet South Florida is a hotbed of American football, especially at the youth/high school/college levels. The uniforms don't seem to be a problem. Some players wear a jersey a size or two too small, for a bare-midriff look, but others wear all the gear that is worn in football leagues around the country.

    By the way, how is NFL football televised in Puerto Rico? Do ESPN and Fox's Spanish-language networks carry the games their English networks do on the mainland? How about the CBS and NBC games? Is there an English TV outlet in San Juan carrying the NFL in English, and if so, which games does it have the rights to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTListener View Post
    And yet South Florida is a hotbed of American football, especially at the youth/high school/college levels. The uniforms don't seem to be a problem. Some players wear a jersey a size or two too small, for a bare-midriff look, but others wear all the gear that is worn in football leagues around the country.
    The second generation Cuban American community adopted Miami sports mostly because that's what they were exposed to in school. Just as students from Latin America are exposed to US sports if they do boarding school or college in the US.

    The climate of the coastal zones of PR where the big cities are is rather hotter and more humid than Miami. Baseball is fading in the big cities as land of the size needed for play is scarce; basketball is the predominant youth sport.

    By the way, how is NFL football televised in Puerto Rico? Do ESPN and Fox's Spanish-language networks carry the games their English networks do on the mainland? How about the CBS and NBC games? Is there an English TV outlet in San Juan carrying the NFL in English, and if so, which games does it have the rights to?
    Cable, for the most part, as well as a couple of secondary TV stations that actually carry some English. Remember, PR is nowhere near as bilingual as the tourism ads and industrial development campaigns would have us believe. And the bilinguals, products of private schools for the most part, are the largest group of emigrants to the mainland... perhaps as many as 700,000 over the last decade.

    In any case, the audience for US football is quite small. When I was working with the #1 morning show there, it was on the list of prohibited subjects.
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    What was the forbidden subjects one can't say on local TV and Radio?

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