Fan Central Mailbag: History of 30 for 30; ESPN tours & internships; and the Cockney Rejects
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I would like to know what the title 30 for 30 means. Does it have a meaning or is it something just made up? — Ron
The original 30 for 30 film series (now referred to as Volume 1) was unveiled in October 2009 to commemorate ESPN’s 30th anniversary. From October 2009 to December 2010, 30 films were shown that detailed the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and events that transformed the sports landscape from 1979 (when ESPN started) to 2009, hence “30 for 30.”
While not tied to a specific anniversary, the “30 for 30” name remained when Volume 2 films premiered this October with Broke and concluded this past Saturday with You Don’t Know Bo, which became ESPN’s highest-rated documentary ever.
And Ron, since you bring it up and since it is the holiday season, we’ll alert folks they can purchase the 30 for 30 Volume 1 box set to ensure you don’t miss any of the incredible films.
How can I get a guided tour of ESPN and how much does it cost? – Dustin
Dustin, your question is a common one, but unfortunately ESPN does not offer individual tours of the Bristol campus. If this policy ever changes, we’ll be sure to let fans know right here on Front Row.
While fans can’t come to Bristol, there are ways we bring Bristol to the fans. For starters, be sure you continue to visit Front Row, where we share an inside look at life in Bristol and beyond. Also, check out @ESPNImages for great photos showcasing life on our Bristol campus and behind-the-scenes images, such as this past week’s comprehensive look at Monday Night Football.
Where can I get information about internships at ESPN? – Kendra
If questions about campus tours are No. 1 on the “Most Asked Questions” list, inquiries about interning and/or working at ESPN are the second most popular questions we get. To find out about internship opportunities, visit the ESPN Careers site and like the ESPN Careers Facebook page. To best get you started on your journey, we recommend watching the 2012 Intern Diaries and visiting the Career Control Room.
What is the name of the song from the latest It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports commercial – David
Another popular question this week as David and others saw the debut of the Born Into It commercial, which shows that sometimes our biggest rivals — in this case Manchester United and Manchester City fans — are more similar than we like to think.
The song in the commercial is Beginning of the End by the Cockney Rejects. You can check out the commercial below (and yes, translations are available) and then read the behind-the-scenes scoop on what went into filming the popular spot.