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Spanish language Sooner broadcasters prepare to call first Big 12 Championship

(KOKH)

In a small booth overlooking Gaylord Field, three broadcasters prepare for the Sooners final home game of the season against West Virginia. By the end of the game they will have completed the first regular season of broadcasting Oklahoma football games in Spanish.

“History,” says analyst Juan Beltran when asked what the games mean. “(We’re) reaching out to an audience here in Oklahoma that's probably starving to know what the college football game is all about."

Adding a Spanish broadcast was a joint-effort between the OU Athletics Department and Learfield’s Sooner Sports Properties. OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione has said the Hispanic community is an important and growing segment of the Sooner fan base.

“I'm excited that the University of Oklahoma has decided to take that step and I'm excited to be a part of it,” said play by play announcer Enrique Vasquez, a radio veteran who also calls games for the Houston Texans.

Beltran sees the broadcast as a way to bring people of different backgrounds closer.

“Sports can bring people together,” Beltran says. “It doesn't matter whether you're Hispanic, White, Indian, African-American, sports always brings people together.”

All their games including the Big 12 Championship are available on the TuneIn app.


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