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Sounders opponent Chivas investigated on HBO series

LogoChivasWith Chivas USA coming to CenturyLink Field on Sunday, I thought this might be of interest for those of you with access to HBO:

Now in its 19th season, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series and the only sports program recognized with a prestigious 2012 George Foster Peabody Award, presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 196th edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, JULY 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: July 23 (2:45 a.m.), 27 (11:00 a.m.) and 31 (9:00 a.m., 4:45 p.m.), and Aug. 2 (2:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.), 5 (11:30 p.m.), 6 (6:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.) and 11 (12:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: July 24 (7:55 a.m., 10:00 p.m.) and 28 (3:15 p.m.), and Aug. 1 (6:00 p.m.), 7 (9:00 a.m., midnight), 10 (10:00 a.m.) and 15 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO On Demand® availability: July 29-Aug. 19. The show will also be available on HBO GO®.

Segments include:

*Chivas USA. In 2012, Mexican billionaire Jorge Vergara, owner of the storied Mexican soccer franchise Chivas de Guadalajara, sought to expand his empire by assuming sole ownership of the Los Angeles-based Major League Soccer club Chivas USA. What followed has sparked the ire of many critics, media and even employees, because the personnel changes he ordered were allegedly intended to benefit only those of Mexican heritage. In this REAL SPORTS report, Soledad O’Brien investigates the charges and speaks with former coaches and players who claim the team pushed them out because they are neither Mexican nor of Mexican descent. Producer: Chapman Downes.

REAL SPORTS was the sole sports program recognized by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a 2012 George F. Peabody Award for broadcast excellence. In addition, it is the only sports program ever honored with the duPont Award, first in 2005 and again in 2012.

At the 34th annual Sports Emmy® Awards on May 7, REAL SPORTS captured two trophies, for Outstanding Edited Sports Series and for Outstanding Long Feature for the Aug. 2012 profile of former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason. REAL SPORTS has won the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times and has received 25 Sports Emmy® Awards overall.