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CDN Deportes was born in October 2013. The first broadcast was a UEFA Champions League match between Barcelona FC and AC Milan. The voices in our


CDN Deportes was born in October 2013. The first broadcast was a UEFA Champions League match between Barcelona FC and AC Milan. The voices in our television plant were provided by Santiago “Chago” Martínez and Eugenio Miranda.

By then the culture of soccer in the Dominican Republic was limited to those who practiced it and those who followed the big events. I will never be able to forget the words of Jorge Rolando Bauger, a pioneer in the country, when he warned us how difficult it could be to market the signal if the channel would only focus on soccer.

“Now you are going to enter an incomprehensible world. Here only the World Cups are sold well every four years, they don’t pay attention to the other events ”he expressed referring to profitability. This is not like that.

It was like having a subculture, a world that was under the radar, that didn’t give a shadow to the most popular sports like baseball and basketball.

The Dominican Soccer League was born in 2015 and immediately began to reflect that in different aspects. There were teams with a lot of talent, so much so that they didn’t all fit as regulars in their squads, nor as substitutes, but they didn’t lend them either for fear of being used against them.

There was a very peculiar case with a player sold to a team. He had a clause in the sales contract that prevented him from facing his home club. Simply crazy.

However, this has been changing. Suffice it to mention Herard Frantzety, who at the end of the first stage of the current tournament was loaned by Cibao FC to Club Atlético Pantoja with an instant positive impact.

Another example is that before the interest of the main authorities to push the discipline beyond the ordinary was not seen.

This week the offices of the Dominican Football Federation were reopened with the presence of His Excellency the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, as it should be. It is the fifth time that the president has said present in an activity of this sport.

The football culture in our country is definitely changing for the better!