I oversee communications strategy and efforts for ESPN’s NBA and MLB properties. I’m also proudly involved in pr efforts for the company’s corporate outreach initiatives. I’m originally from the Boston area, making me a passionate Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots fan. Before joining the worldwide leader, I worked for Major League Baseball, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney and contributed to an 800-page New England Patriots encyclopedia. My father, Nick Cafardo, is the national baseball writer for the Boston Globe, so it could be said I’ve spent my entire life with the media. Most importantly, I’m a passionate consumer of all things ESPN!
True Hoop’s Henry Abbott with analyst Jeff Van Gundy at the NBA Finals. (Kristen Hudak/ESPN)
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.
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Henry Abbott’s Twitter handle is @TrueHoop, so you know he’s serious about NBA basketball.
Abbott is an ESPN.com NBA senior writer and the TrueHoop name represents Henry’s TrueHoop Network of blogs, including TrueHoop TV, within ESPN.com’s NBA section.
Front Row had the opportunity to catch up with Henry this week during his rare downtime at the NBA Finals to discuss a number of topics, including an exchange with Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant, how he incorporates Twitter into his job, and his favorite cat video he’s seen tweeted.
Matt Cain is scheduled to be the Giants’ starting pitcher against the Dodgers on Sunday. (Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)
Editor’s note:Sunday Night Baseball is available on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and WatchESPN.
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball emanates this week from AT&T Park when the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants play host to the Los Angeles Dodgers at 8 p.m. ET.
One-half of ESPN’s Sunday Night quartet — play-by-play commentator Dan Shulman and Senior Writer/Baseball Analyst Buster Olney — sat down with Front Row to preview this weekend’s telecast. (They are joined by analysts Orel Hershiser and John Kruk every Sunday night). continue reading…
ESPN MLB analyst Mark Mulder (left) won’t be sharing the booth with Sean McDonough (right) on Wednesday. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)
At the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, ESPN announced an unconventional concept for its Wednesday Night Baseball telecasts: a rotating booth. The idea served two purposes: 1) to strategically place ESPN MLB analysts in the booth when they have a distinct connection to a game; 2) to utilize ESPN’s deep roster of baseball commentators.
ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy (L) and Mike Breen. (Scott Clarke/ESPN Images)
Editor’s Note: Mike Breen will be joined by analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Heather Cox this weekend to call Games 3 and 4 of the Knicks-Celtics series from Boston. Game 3 is tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and Game 4 is Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC.
Perhaps nobody knows the Knicks better than Breen, who began calling Knicks games on radio in 1991. He currently calls Knicks games for the MSG TV Network alongside Walt “Clyde” Frazier. continue reading…
ESPN and pop music superstar will.i.am have teamed up to deliver “#thatPOWER” for the NBA Playoffs.
During All-Star Weekend in Houston in February, ESPN producers, will.i.am and a virtual who’s who of NBA superstars congregated in a Hilton Hotel ballroom. There, they shot ESPN’s new NBA Playoffs telecast open to the tune of will.i.am’s single, “#thatPOWER.” continue reading…
Buck Showalter impressed a lot of folks at ESPN during his time with the network. (ESPN Images)
Since 1990, ESPN has been committed to serving baseball fans by showcasing the best teams, biggest stars and fiercest rivalries on Sunday Night Baseball, the exclusive national Major League Baseball game of the week.
One team that’s played its way back into the national conversation is the Baltimore Orioles. continue reading…