posted by Hannah Worster on June 12, 2013 12:05 PM
posted by David Scott on June 11, 2013 4:24 PM
He was a breakout star of the 2013 NBA Playoffs and more and more it appears as though Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is a social media stalwart as well.
Capitalizing on Curry’s proclivity for Tweeting and Vining, SportsCenter’s social feeds will hand over the keyboard to the four-year NBA veteran for tonight’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals (9 p.m. ET, ABC). The hashtag to use to be part of the conversation is: #StephCenter.
“I’m doing this with SportsCenter as a fan of basketball to engage the nation and enjoy some good basketball,” Curry said. “The fans can expect a lot of fun, creativity, and an inside look at how I see the game.”
– Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) June 10, 2013
posted by Hannah Worster on May 4, 2013 10:51 AM
With the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship playoffs starting on May 11 (NCAA Selection Show tommorow, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU), ESPN created a new fan engagement initiative that has both grassroots and social components as part of the ongoing “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” brand campaign.
The initiative shines a light on something known widely in lacrosse culture as “flow.” For the uninitiated, “flow” refers to the cascade of hair which falls outside the back of a player’s helmet. The Flow Chart allows lacrosse fans and players a fun way to show off their flow by uploading images on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #ESPNFLOWCHART. continue reading…
posted by Elizabeth Paige Fierman on April 15, 2013 1:00 PM
ESPN’s Stats & Information Group (SIG) prides itself in providing the fastest, most accurate and insightful sports data to consumers and in recent years, the department has found Twitter to be a perfect platform. The team regularly distributes sports nuggets, in 140 characters or less, establishing a unique voice in the social media space.
The department’s Twitter account, @ESPNStatsInfo, is nearing 500,000 followers — there are 489,416 as of noon ET today — and has grown exponentially in the last two years. It has been recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 sports news, information and entertainment accounts to follow. continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on January 24, 2013 12:12 PM
Earlier today, ESPN producer Scott Turken did something he usually doesn’t do at 2:30 a.m. ET — he e-mailed his bosses.
He ended the note by writing: “Hopefully the story has legs and he can be a guest on SportsCenter.”
The “he” being referred to is Owen Groessner, who before last night was just a Rochester, Mich. middle-school basketball player who had not seen any playing time this season as his team’s final home game entered the closing minutes.
At 12:45 p.m. ET today Owen and his father, Chris, will be on SportsCenter — as co-anchor Kevin Negandhi tweeted this morning — just hours after Owen made his national debut on the 11 p.m. ET Wednesday SportsCenter.
Here’s what happened in the course of a few hours.
“Pretty cool story on Wednesday night,” Turken explained. “Shortly after 11 p.m. [ET], I started noticing a lot of mentions for the hashtag, #GetOwenOnSportsCenter. We discovered a middle schooler with Down syndrome hit some threes in a game and many fans were tweeting to try to get it on the show with the hashtag #GetOwenOnSportsCenter.”
With more than 90,00 tweets including that hashtag, the story was “viral” in mere minutes.
Turken included a link to the original Tweet that got the news room buzzing: It described how eighth-grader Groessner made his season debut and hit two 3-pointers in the closing minutes of Van Hoosen Junior High School’s game. continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on June 15, 2012 4:00 PM
About the only time ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning co-host Mike Golic is not communicating with his kids is when he’s driving. And that’s only because Connecticut prohibits drivers from using handheld cell phones while behind the wheel.
But because Mike, sons Mike and Jake, and daughter Sydney have embraced social media, they’ve almost made the Father’s Day of old obsolete.
After dropping Sydney, his youngest child, off in South Bend last weekend, where she’ll swim and join her football-playing brothers as students at Notre Dame, Big Mike was asked what Father’s Day would be like Sunday with all his children in Indiana.
Silence. continue reading…
posted by Sheldon Spencer on June 12, 2012 4:28 PM
The 2012 NBA Finals begin tonight in Oklahoma City, Okla. as the host Thunder battle the Miami Heat.
ABC’s coverage of Game 1 of begins at 9 p.m. ET, and every game will be available on various ESPN platforms including ESPN Radio, ESPN3, online at WatchESPN.com as well as the WatchESPN app for mobile devices.
As the series unfolds, accessibility to our NBA coverage might come in handy for Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley.
Monday, Dudley made his third visit to our Bristol, Conn. campus for a “Car Wash” – a whirlwind tour to several of our shows and outlets. He’s got plans to watch Game 1 tonight in New York and Game 2 Thursday when he’s home in San Diego.
In the video above, he gives Front Row a few of his thoughts on his First Take debate with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless, the NBA Finals, Twitter and more. Follow him on Twitter @JaredDudley619.
posted by David Scott on March 1, 2012 8:00 AM
What’s the recipe to make the popular even more popular? In today’s social media universe, you add in Twitter, mix vigorously and wait for the buzz to boil over!
In the case of the SportsCenter Top 10, it’s been a recipe for indisputable success. Since creating the #SCTop10 hashtag earlier this year, ESPN’s signature show has seen phenomenal involvement from fans across the country and the world. Certain nights, for the 11 p.m. SportsCenter, viewers are asked to use the hashtag to nominate plays they believe are worthy of inclusion in the already-popular Top Plays segment of the show.
“I do believe it engages the viewer and anything to get more viewers interested in our show and for a longer period of time, I’m in favor of,” said anchor — and early adopter — Steve Levy.
“With so many games ending just before or during the 11 p.m. (ET) SportsCenter, it was a natural fit to engage with the huge social audience that was already watching,” said senior coordinating producer Tim McHugh.
“The idea was originally hatched last summer and took several months to prepare the room and figure out the work flow. Close to a dozen departments touched the project and help bring the idea to life — it was a total team effort.”
posted by Steve Braband on March 29, 2011 11:44 AM
Editor’s Note: “I Follow” is all about ESPN employees on Twitter: what they Tweet, whom they follow and how you can interact socially with anyone and everyone.
Today we highlight SportsCenter anchor Robert Flores, who offers his followers feeds on everything from his fashion opinions “to how the nightly SportsCenter telecast will be remembered in television history.” RoFlo is a must follow for those who enjoy a slice of comedy with their “SportsCenter” and for those who aspire to have great hair. Here’s an inside look at his Twitter profile.
Twitter Handle: @RoFloSc
Followers: 9,715 *
Following: 105 *
1. Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
[ESPN's] Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) and [comedian] Daniel Tosh (@danieltosh)
2. Who is the one person you follow on Twitter whom you would want to write a SportsCenter lead-in for you?
Howard Stern (@HowardStern) continue reading…
posted by David Scott on December 6, 2013 2:58 PM
Thursday’s 10 a.m. ET planning meeting in the basement conference room of Building 4 on ESPN’s main campus in Bristol, Conn. included about 40 people from all across the company and focused on how the news gathering unit would cover the findings of the Jameis Winston investigation.
What reporters were where? How many cameras were on the ground in Tallahassee? Were satellite trucks in place? What analysts were available for reaction? Could programming accommodate some shuffling of shows across networks in the afternoon?
For 40 minutes, Senior Vice President and Director of News Vince Doria led the group in a discussion of what had already been put in motion by a host of behind-the-scenes people once the State Attorney’s press conference was announced Wednesday afternoon. Coordination had been ongoing between the news and assignment desks; the bureau reporters and planning group; digital editors; show producers; programming teams; and a myriad array of some of the hardest working people in the business. continue reading…