posted by Ben Cafardo on November 22, 2013 3:36 PM
ESPN NBA Insider Marc Stein on the set of “NBA Coast to Coast” (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
“Stein Line Live” Strategy
“Marc Stein is the world’s No. 1 NBA reporter. He breaks the most NBA news and has the most NBA information. Marc needed a new platform to share all of this information ‘in the moment’. It’s a better service to NBA fans to make all of this information available every day.” – Chris Ramsay, ESPN.com senior director, NBA, NASCAR, Golf
NBA regular-season Fridays used to mean one thing on ESPN.com’s NBA page: time for Marc Stein’s “Weekend Dime.” But as of Nov. 1, every day has a “Weekend Dime” feel, thanks to the introduction of Stein’s new daily blog: “Stein Line Live.” It’s a one-stop-shop for all nontraditional news content from Stein, one of ESPN’s top NBA Insiders.
Front Row asked Stein about the new look for his page.
What content will NBA fans and ESPN.com readers have access to on “Stein Line Live?” continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on November 15, 2013 3:30 PM
New “KIA NBA Countdown” host Sage Steele (Rich Arden/ESPN Images)
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“I’m just this girl who had this dream of hosting SportsCenter.”
If there was ever a quote to capture Sage Steele in a nutshell – the perfect blend of passion, energy and humility which makes her one of the most respected sports commentators in media today – this is it.
After several years on SportsCenter, Steele was named the host of the Friday and Sunday editions of ESPN’s NBA pre-game studio show, Kia NBA Countdown, prior to the 2013-14 NBA season. Steele, alongside Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Doug Collins, made their debut on Nov. 1.
During this Front & Center podcast, Steele dives into several topics, including how she is creating chemistry with her new Countdown colleagues, memories of watching the NBA with her dad, Gary Steele, and the impact his journey had on her career (Gary was the first African-American varsity football player at West Point). continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on October 16, 2013 12:30 PM
Aaron Boone hit the game-winning home run against the Boston Red Sox during Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.
(Al Bello/Getty Images)
ESPN’s Aaron Boone
(Allen Kee/ESPN Images)
Hard to believe it was 10 years ago.
One year before the infamous “Curse of the Bambino” was broken, Boston Red Sox fans everywhere stood wide-eyed and anxious as Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the New York Yankees wound its way into the bottom of the 11th inning.
That’s when Aaron Boone extended the “curse” another season with a lead-off, first-pitch moonshot off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Boone’s homer not only propelled the Yankees to the World Series, but his heroics also perpetuated the idea that the Red Sox would never win another World Series (especially following the events of the Grady Little/Pedro Martinez controversy from earlier in the game).
Ten years to the day, Boone, now a Baseball Tonight and Monday Night Baseball analyst for ESPN, shared his memories of that extraordinary moment with Front Row. continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on September 30, 2013 3:54 PM
Last week, ESPN took Baseball Tonight on the road to the MLB Fan Cave for an immersive fan experience in baseball’s coolest spot. Host Karl Ravech was joined by analysts Manny Acta and Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin as the crew put on one of the best shows of the season in front of the lively audience on hand. Front Row was there to capture all of the sights and sounds (above), including a pre-show ping-pong match between Ravech and Larkin.
Here are ESPN’s early-round MLB postseason coverage details, including ESPN Radio, Baseball Tonight and ESPN.com.
Video produced by Dave Williams
posted by Ben Cafardo on September 20, 2013 12:50 PM
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday hit the longest home run on “Sunday Night Baseball” this season.
(Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
It might be hard to believe, but there’s only one more Sunday Night Baseball telecast of the 2013 season. For Sunday Night Baseball Coordinating Producer Tom Archer, time flies when you’re having fun.
The 24th season of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN will conclude on Sept. 22, with a clash between the first-place St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers. (#STLvsMIL in the Twitterverse.)
Prior to the season finale, Front Row had the opportunity to speak to “Arch” about his thoughts on another incredible year.
What are your favorite Sunday Night Baseball moments of 2013? continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on September 13, 2013 2:24 PM
The long and storied New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry will deliver what is sure to be another memorable moment on this week’s Sunday Night Baseball.
Legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony by the Red Sox – his ultimate adversary – before what could be his final appearance at Fenway Park. ESPN plans to capture the ceremony on Baseball Tonight, leading into SNB.
Front Row caught up with ESPN MLB analysts Curt Schilling, Aaron Boone and Nomar Garciaparra — all of whom have either played with or against “Mo” in some of the biggest games in the history of the rivalry. They shared their thoughts on Rivera.
Favorite Rivera moment continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on August 23, 2013 3:30 PM
Orel Hershiser as a Little League baseball player. (Photo courtesy of Orel Hershiser)
For many, there’s no better representation of baseball than the Little League World Series. One of the event’s biggest fans is veteran ESPN analyst and former World Series Champion and Cy Young Orel Hershiser, whose family is celebrating a baseball “silver anniversary” of sorts.
Twenty-five years ago, Orel led the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Series Championship and earned National League Cy Young and World Series MVP honors. Orel III and Mildred Hershiser also were hailed that summer, honored as 1988 Little League Parents of the Year.
Before Orel’s start in Game 2 against the Oakland Athletics, his parents each threw a ceremonial “first pitch.” Their son then pitched a complete game shutout — and went 3-for-3 at the plate.
Hershiser (Sunday Night Baseball, Baseball Tonight) is contributing to ABC and ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. – a place Orel describes as a baseball mecca. He’ll provide analysis for the International Championship Game, United States Championship Game and then finally the LLWS Championship Game – all on ABC this weekend – with Nomar Garciaparra and Karl Ravech. continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on July 18, 2013 2:24 PM
In April, New York Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin celebrated hitting a walk-off grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Wednesday Night Baseball. (Getty Images)
The second half of the 2013 Major League Baseball season on ESPN swings into high gear this weekend when the first-place Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball. Before baseball fans dive into post-All Star Game baseball, ESPN’s MLB producers reflected on their favorite moments on ESPN from the exciting first half.
One date that’s mentioned repeatedly: the June 30 edition Sunday Night Baseball when the Yankees visited the Orioles.
Tom Archer, coordinating producer, Sunday Night Baseball: continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on June 28, 2013 2:27 PM
ESPN coordinating producer Bruce Bernstein (L) has worked the past 11 NBA Drafts with league commissioner David Stern. (Rich Arden/ESPN Images)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — For ESPN Coordinating Producer Bruce Bernstein, NBA Draft night is one of the most important dates on his work calendar. Bernstein works regularly on ESPN’s NBA property, but he has an extra special job the night of the NBA Draft. As he says, he’s NBA Commissioner David Stern’s “glue-guy.” No pressure, right?
During a live telecast — filled with uncertainty and lots of moving parts — Stern depends on Bernstein’s direction and poise to get him from point A to point B, and in a timely fashion. Thursday night during the 2013 NBA Draft proceedings in the Barclays Center, Stern said of working with Bernstein: “He knows how to coordinate. It isn’t often that the announce team and I are on the same schedule and his job is to make it all come together. He does it with a great patience and a wonderful sense of humor that complement his extraordinary competence.” continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on June 27, 2013 4:00 PM
University of Miami star Shane Larkin shakes his father Barry Larkin’s hand during the 2013 ACC Tournament in March. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)
Editor’s note: ESPN will televise the 2013 NBA Draft tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.
It was 28 years ago that ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Barry Larkin was selected fourth overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Fast forward to tonight and Barry will be in attendance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. where his son — University of Miami star point guard Shane Larkin — is expected to realize a lifelong dream and be selected in the NBA Draft.
Front Row had the opportunity to catch up with the proud father hours before his son’s biggest sports moment to date.
How is Shane preparing for the moment when his name is expected to be called? continue reading…