posted by Hannah Worster on May 18, 2013 10:00 AM
X Games analyst Kevin Robinson. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
BARCELONA, Spain — Kevin Robinson, a 22-year veteran BMX rider, pulls double duty at the X Games. Since 2011, he’s also been an on-air analyst for ESPN.
Injuries have sidelined Robinson, 41, but he is keen on competing at X Games Munich and X Games Los Angeles later this summer. Robinson tells Front Row how he remains a top-flight rider while honing his craft as an analyst for X Games Barcelona, which air across ESPN platforms through tomorrow.
How did you become an X Games commentator? continue reading…
posted by Sofia Rocher on May 17, 2013 4:00 PM
NEW YORK — On Wednesday, ESPN Deportes held its Upfront presentation at the Hearst Building, where the network unveiled some of the new initiatives planned for next year while reinforcing the brand’s advantages in the marketplace. The presentation was led by some of ESPN and ESPN Deportes’ most renowned on-air talent who highlighted the brand’s ability to deliver sports content that is relevant to the Hispanic fan, anytime, anywhere.
The major announcements made during the presentation included Road to Brazil: Game around the Game, in anticipation to the World Cup, the NBA Finals in Spanish and ESPN Sync, a new second-screen experience for our Spanish-speaking sport fans. Here, we recap via photo gallery some of the most outstanding moments of the presentation.
posted by Bill Hofheimer on May 17, 2013 1:00 PM
MLB reporter Buster Olney spoke at the Northern State University commencement ceremony.
Mike Tirico participates in the commencement ceremony at Syracuse University. (Photo credit: Syracuse University)
Graduation season is an exciting time of year at campuses across the country.
High school and college students receive their diplomas, marking the culmination of years of hard work, study and hopefully a little fun as well.
Before students go out into the “real” world or matriculate to college, they will hopefully take away one last lesson from the commencement speakers at their graduation ceremonies. continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on May 17, 2013 10:59 AM
Before we get to your questions, here’s a quick programming reminder for college softball and baseball fans: The NCAA Softball Regionals start today at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPNU, with two of what could be 97 games played between now and June 5 (see complete schedule). NCAA Baseball Conference Championship Games start Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN3 with the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship (see complete schedule). In total, ESPN platforms will show 70 baseball conference tournament games between Sunday and May 26.
And now onto your questions . . .
Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers face Texas on this week’s Sunday Night Baseball
Is ESPN showing Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball games at the end of May? Also, it appears there are no Sunday Night Baseball games scheduled for the end of July. — Molly continue reading…
posted by Dave Nagle on May 17, 2013 8:00 AM
Serena Williams during the 2012 US Open.
(Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)
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On Thursday, ESPN and the United States Tennis Association announced a landmark, 11-year agreement making the network the exclusive home of the US Open starting in 2015.
Jason Bernstein (ESPN)
With this new deal adding about 30 hours of US Open television coverage to the 100 or so ESPN has aired since 2009 — including Labor Day weekend, the semifinals in prime time and both the women’s and men’s finals — and countless hours on ESPN3 covering the outer courts, ESPN will now air the championship in three of the four tennis majors. continue reading…
posted by Kristen Hudak on May 16, 2013 4:30 PM
ESPN’s Chris Mullin (L) and Bruce Bowen (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
ESPN’s NBA Playoffs coverage continues tonight (10:30 p.m. ET) with Game 6 of the San Antonio Spurs-Golden State Warriors Western Conference Semifinals series. With the Spurs up 3-2 in the series, the host Warriors must win tonight to force Game 7. ESPN analyst, Basketball Hall of Famer and Warriors legend Chris Mullin will be courtside to provide commentary for ESPN Radio. As a player, Mullin led the Warriors to five playoff appearances between 1987 and 1994.
This week, he joined colleague and ESPN NBA analyst Bruce Bowen, whose extraordinary defense helped lead the Spurs to three championships between 2003 and 2007, to preview the Game 6 showdown in Oakland, Calif. Despite the storied history that both men have with their respective teams, Mullin and Bowen said they have no trouble remaining impartial as analysts. continue reading…
posted by Andy Hall on May 16, 2013 3:05 PM
Dottie Pepper (Photo credit: PGA of America/Montana Pritchard Photography)
Dottie Pepper, a major championship-winning professional golfer, as well as a respected television commentator and author, has joined ESPN’s golf coverage team and will make her debut at next month’s U.S. Open. She will work as an analyst, anchor and on-course reporter and write for ESPN.com.
Front Row caught up with Pepper to talk about her new role.
How did joining ESPN come about? continue reading…
posted by Dave Nagle on May 16, 2013 1:36 PM
ESPN campus green
Today, ESPN and the USTA announced that ESPN will be the exclusive home of the US Open starting in 2015. With this 11-year agreement, ESPN will televise the championships of three of tennis’ four majors.
Tennis has been part of ESPN since the network debuted Sept. 7, 1979. The first tennis telecast was exactly one week later, Sept. 14, a Davis Cup tie, Argentina vs. USA from Memphis, Tenn. Current ESPN tennis commentator Cliff Drysdale was on the call and John McEnroe was playing.
Today, the company’s commitment to the sport is as strong as it’s ever been with all four major events and top ATP and WTA events on ESPN platforms, including the US Open Series and the season-ending championship of both tours.
posted by Barbara Blake on May 16, 2013 11:26 AM
ESPN’s Tim Reed at X Games Barcelona 2013
(Tom Zuccareno/ESPN Images)
BARCELONA, Spain — “My first job,” said Senior Director of X Games Content Strategy Tim Reed, “was doing athlete registration back when we used to take Polaroids of each athlete to laminate on the credential.”
Both Reed and the X Games — the Barcelona leg kicks off today (Noon ET, ESPN) — have come a long way since 1997 when he began work with the company at X Games 3 in San Diego. Now Reed is helping to expand the ESPN franchise as more than just as a competition and into a true international festival. His team not only manages the sports and competition side, it handles the lifestyle elements including fashion, music and cultural elements at each of the six locations. continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on May 16, 2013 8:00 AM
ESPN’s Andy Katz (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
ESPN’s Andy Katz is the Swiss Army knife of reporters. He contributes daily to ESPN.com, has his own college basketball show on ESPNU and co-hosts a podcast with analyst Seth Greenberg that also airs on ESPN Radio. Katz is hardly one to let his skill-set sit around collecting rust, so while college basketball takes a seat on the bench, he continues reporting from the NBA Draft beat.
ESPNU’s coverage of the NBA Draft Combine begins today at 10 a.m. ET. The exclusive live telecast will include interviews as well as an inside look at how the expected top draft picks fair in several skills challenges. Front Row sat down with the newly re-signed Katz to discuss this year’s Combine:
How have you seen the Combine grow? continue reading…