posted by David Scott on June 17, 2013 9:11 AM
A monster sports weekend converged with Father’s Day 2013 – here’s a look at what people were saying about ESPN the past few days. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on June 12, 2013 1:25 PM
SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy
(Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
Anchors away. . . from the studio:
A week of major sporting events sees several familiar Bristol-based, ESPN faces – in addition to Levy – dotting the sports landscape for live reports, specials and updates.
The NBA Finals (Miami/San Antonio): Stuart Scott, Sage Steele
The U.S. Open (Ardmore, Pa.):
Chris Berman, Scott Van Pelt,
John Anderson, Trey Wingo*
World Cup qualifying (Tuesday, Seattle): Bob Ley
*On Tuesday, Wingo was in Foxborough, Mass. for Patriots mini-camp
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There is no place SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy would rather be tonight than Chicago. With Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final set for 8 p.m. ET, the Long Island, N.Y. native and fervent hockey fan is in his own Shangri-la.
Along with Barry Melrose, Levy will provide pre- and post-game news and analysis throughout the 2013 Cup Final on both gamedays and off-days.
“I think it’s imperative for SportsCenter anchors to get out from behind the desk from time to time,” said Levy, who is one of several SC anchors out in the field this week (see sidebar).
In the Front & Center podcast above, Levy discusses where his passion for hockey comes from; strategy for covering The Cup Final; characteristics shared by Melrose and ESPN’s Chris Berman; the depth of ESPN’s cross-platform coverage of the NHL; surprising things you might not know about Melrose; his upcoming 20-year anniversary with the company and his latest major motion picture acting roles.
posted by David Scott on June 11, 2013 4:24 PM
For tonight anyway, the “SC” of SportsCenter will stand for Steph Curry
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.”
posted by David Scott on June 10, 2013 9:22 AM
The future was present on Saturday when Lamont Simpson, a veteran WNBA referee wore a head band camera during Saturday’s ABC telecast of the Phoenix Mercury’s 82-67 win over the host Indiana Fever.
“Overall, the ‘ref cam’ deserves two thumbs up,” said ESPN Associate Operations Producer (WNBA & NBA) Laura Southerland. “My favorite usage was the game’s tip-off. We were able to give our fan a new and fresh point of view that not only enhanced the excitement of a game tip, but put the fan right there at center court, ‘tossing’ the ball in the air as if they were starting the game.” continue reading…
posted by David Scott on June 5, 2013 2:52 PM
Today’s edition of the award-winning news magazine, Outside the Lines (3 p.m. ET, ESPN), will extend to an hour for an in-depth discussion of the latest PED scandal to hit Major League Baseball. Jeremy Schaap hosts.
Front Row will provide a LIVE Storify below to track the social conversation surrounding the show. Viewers are encouraged to use #PEDsInMLB to be part of the conversation. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on June 5, 2013 9:12 AM
Tuesday evening, ESPN’s Outside The Lines reported that Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players — including stars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun — connected to a Miami-area clinic at the center of performance-enhancing drug investigations.
ESPN will have continuing coverage all day across all platforms and Wednesday’s Outside the Lines (ESPN, 3 p.m. ET) will dedicate an hourlong show to the story. Additionally, reporter John Barr will be at Yankee Stadium for today’s 1 p.m. game and reporter Shelley Smith is in Milwaukee for its 2 p.m. game.
The initial report has spurred plenty of social media discussion. Front Row has produced this Storify to sample reaction. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on June 3, 2013 9:01 AM
Our weekly look back at the what social media was saying about ESPN over the weekend. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on May 28, 2013 9:06 AM
A Holiday Weekend edition of the “Weekend Tweetback”: continue reading…
posted by David Scott on May 23, 2013 4:03 PM
The Pulitzers are nice, but Don Van Natta Jr. had a bucket list moment from the May 22 episode of “Jeopardy!”
Don Van Natta Jr.’s career in journalism has reached peaks only imagined by most of his colleagues. A winner of multiple Pulitzer Prizes at the Miami Herald and the New York Times, Van Natta is also an accomplished author and in relatively short time with ESPN, he has made an indelible mark on the company’s sports journalism.
But it wasn’t until yesterday’s episode of the long-running game show, “Jeopardy!,” that Van Natta truly ascended to a place few will ever reach. He shares his story with Front Row: continue reading…
posted by David Scott on May 22, 2013 12:21 PM
Last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the 38th annual Gracie Awards were held, honoring “exemplary programming created for women, by women, and about women in all facets of media including radio, television, cable and digital media.”
ESPN was recognized with awards for Outside the Lines and espnW. ESPN anchor Hannah Storm was both a winner (for the W series she produced) and a presenter. ESPN reporter Michele Steele accepted the honor on behalf of OTL. continue reading…