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Westwood One to broadcast men's Final Four and NCAA Championship game in Spanish

It is the sixth consecutive time that the network will broadcast the games in Spanish.

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Westwood One recently announced that its live coverage of the NCAA Final Four will include a Spanish broadcast for the sixth consecutive year and begin on Saturday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. from NRG Stadium in Houston, and run through the broadcast of the National Championship Game on Monday, April 3 at 9:00 p.m.

Stacy Gardella, head of global marketing technology and operations for Werner Co, said:

Werner is excited to be back as the presenting sponsor of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Spanish for the sixth year.

Get to know the Spanish broadcasters

Rafael Hernández Brito will serve as announcer for the fifth consecutive time, accompanied by former All-American point guard Greivis Vásquez, and former coach of the Puerto Rico National Basketball Team, Carlos Morales.

Brito, known as Rafa 'El Alcalde,' is a veteran broadcaster who has been the Spanish-language voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the past eight seasons. Before joining the Cavs, he was the Spanish voice of the Brooklyn Nets for two seasons.

His national broadcast experience includes eight years as the voice of the NFL en Español for Univision, where he has commentated 11 Super Bowls. He has also done play-by-play in Spanish for the Miami Dolphins, Major League Baseball, boxing, and the UFC.

During the 2015 NBA Finals, he became the first broadcaster in the United States to broadcast the Finals of all three major sports in Spanish.

Vásquez, a native of Venezuela, and one of the most successful Latino basketball players in recent years as a notable former All-American point guard at the University of Maryland, where he led the Terrapins to three NCAA Tournament appearances.

As a senior, he was named ACC Player of the Year and recipient of the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's top college point guard. He was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft and played for six teams in his seven years in the NBA.

In 2012, he was honored as a "Champion of Change" at the White House for his efforts as a sports diplomat in the United States and his native Venezuela. He previously worked on the Spanish-language Final Four and Championship Game for Westwood One from 2017 to 2019 and again in 2022.

Morales joins Westwood One for the third time on the Final Four broadcasts, but second as a pregame and halftime host, having served as a game analyst in 2021.

He was on the coaching staff of the Puerto Rico national basketball team for a decade, during which time they went to two Olympic Games, three world championships, and three Goodwill Games.

During his time there, the national team captured five gold medals and seven silver medals in international competition. He was also a professional basketball coach in both Venezuela and the Dominican Republic before joining ESPN as a television analyst in 2000.

“The Spanish language broadcast enables Werner to reach basketball fans and construction professionals alike while supporting Werner’s position as the official ladder of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships,” added Gardella.

Where to listen?

Westwood One's Final Four coverage can be heard via Univision. The broadcasts, which will also be distributed via SiriusXM, can be watched online for free at westwoodonesports.com.

Get to know: Westwood One Sports

It is the exclusive broadcast radio, digital audio, distribution and licensing partner for the NCAA Championships.

Westwood One has broadcast the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament since 1982 and every March Madness game on multiple platforms since 2005. In addition, the network has broadcast the Final Four and the Women's Championship for over 25 years.

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