Front Row Staff
posted by Front Row Staff on November 29, 2013 8:00 AM
Talent show surprise guest singer Darius Rucker joins son of ESPN basketball analyst on stage for duet
Editor’s Note: The staff and family of Front Row and the ESPN Communications Department wish everyone the happiest of holiday seasons. We share this post on Thanksgiving weekend in hopes you will be motivated to make your own “Hootie” moment in the days and weeks ahead.
“Darius said it was one of the best moments of his musical career,” said ESPN basketball analyst Debbie Antonelli.
Considering “Darius” is none other than long-time “Friend of ESPN” Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish fame, makes the moment all the more special.
On Nov. 20 in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Frankie – one of Debbie and Frank Antonelli’s three sons – performed a surprise duet on the Wando High School stage with Rucker. Usually at school talent shows, Frankie, 16, does his own versions of tunes from Rucker’s vast catalog that now spans a successful turn as a country artist. continue reading…
posted by Front Row Staff on November 25, 2013 3:18 PM
ESPN-related highlights of SBJ/SBD Reader Survey
Sports network with the highest production values:
They are basically the same 17.5%
Network that does the best job covering the NFL:
NFL Network 13.0%
Favorite sports-related mobile app:
ESPN ScoreCenter 25.6%
MLB.com At Bat 18.0%
CBS Sports Mobile 9.0%
TV network that has been the most innovative in the deployment of its live content on digital platforms:
MLB Network 13.3%
CBS Sports 11.0%
NBC Sports Group 9.2%
Fox Sports Group 7.1%
Afternoon studio program you watch the most:
“Pardon the Interruption” 37.9%
“Around the Horn” 8.2%
“The Jim Rome Show” 6.5%
“Fox Football Daily” 2.1%
“Pro Football Talk” 1.3%
“Crowd Goes Wild” 0.5%
Don’t watch any 43.4%
Family of networks best positioned to help leagues and sponsors reach Hispanic males:
Univision Deportes 39.0%
NBC Universal 11.3%
Most influential person in sports business:
Roger Goodell 38.1%
John Skipper 16.6%
Bud Selig 7.9%
David Stern 5.8%
Sean McManus 5.5%
In its quest to serve sports fans, ESPN strives to be the cross-platform industry leader. A new poll of more than 1,700 Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily readers confirms the company’s position as the pacesetter among its peers.
The “9th Annual SBJ/SBD Reader Survey,” published Monday morning, cited ESPN as a leader in various media categories.
“ESPN easily garnered the most votes when readers were asked to select the network that has been the most innovative in deploying live content on digital platforms,” the publication concluded.
ESPN netted more than 46 percent of the vote in that category, more than the next four entities combined. Nearly 29 percent of the readers surveyed consider ESPN to have the highest production values, better than any of the other sports television networks listed. continue reading…
posted by Front Row Staff on November 14, 2013 11:15 AM
ESPN extends thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of our former colleague, Todd Christensen. A five-time Pro Bowl tight end who won two Super Bowls with the Raiders, Christensen died Wednesday from complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57.
A 10-year NFL standout, Christensen played 136 of his 137 career games for the Raiders and led the league in single-season receptions twice before retiring after the 1988 campaign. In 1995, the former BYU star joined ESPN as a college football commentator for several years.
SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy, a former play-by-play partner of Christensen’s at ESPN, hailed his friend on Twitter: continue reading…
posted by Front Row Staff on October 10, 2013 12:32 PM
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.
Twitter handle: @espntechnology
(as of 10/10/13)
ESPN Technology has driven innovation in the television industry. Since 1998, the technology team has debuted 23 technological enhancements, launched four high definition sports networks and developed the industry’s first 3D network and first authenticated online networks. The technology team has also acquired four companies to further advance innovation, has won six Emmys and opened two development labs to continue researching cutting-edge technological breakthroughs. It also has been awarded 19 patents and Inventor Awards.
ESPN Technology also has a social media presence. Following @espntechnology on Twitter is a great way to learn about employment opportunities and innovations. Colleen Lynch, associate director, Technology Communications, has more details.
How do you interact with fans via Twitter? continue reading…
posted by Front Row Staff on September 27, 2013 2:15 PM
Before he pitched for the final time at Yankee Stadium, future Hall of Famer, Mariano Rivera, made a special appearance at yesterday’s ESPN New York event at the NY Athletic Club.
Joined by ESPN NY 98.7FM afternoon host, Michael Kay, Rivera reflected on his career, what he’s planning on doing next, and even the potential to take centerfield one time before his career officially comes to an end this weekend in Houston. continue reading…
posted by Front Row Staff on September 27, 2013 8:00 AM
On Thursday, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said he plans to retire in January 2015. Twenty-year ESPN veteran, Karl Ravech, host of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, has built a strong relationship with Selig over the course of his career.
Here, in a special entry for Front Row, Ravech offers his thoughts on Selig’s planned retirement:
The Commissioner and I have enjoyed many a conversation over the past 20 years, some friendly, others contentious, but all productive. There is no greater quality in a leader than to be able to take different factions with individual agendas and provide them a roadmap to consensus. Commissioner Selig is a master of consensus building. continue reading…
posted by Front Row Staff on September 10, 2013 11:00 AM
Disney offers free ‘Veterans Institute’ workshop to encourage and support hiring of military veterans
Just one of the great things about working at Disney — and something I deeply value — is seeing firsthand the positive impact the Company makes on people and communities around the country. One great example is the Heroes Work Here initiative, which helps U.S. veterans make successful transitions from active duty to civilian life.
Building on the success of the “Heroes Work Here” initiative — which we launched in March 2012 with a commitment to hire more than 1,000 veterans by 2015, a goal that we’ve already surpassed — Disney will host the Veterans Institute at Walt Disney World on Thursday, Nov. 14. The daylong, complimentary workshop is designed to help small – and mid-sized companies build effective veteran -hiring programs of their own. The Veterans Institute is the latest effort in our company’s long history of respect and appreciation for the U.S. Armed Services. continue reading…
posted by Front Row Staff on August 26, 2013 5:06 PM
posted by Front Row Staff on July 30, 2013 8:00 AM
ESPN’s 30th season of airing live college football games kicks off with North Carolina at South Carolina on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. ET.
The College Sports PR team (on Twitter @MsPotts_ESPN, @MikeHumesESPN, @Gracie_ESPNU and @ESPNRachel) will count down the next 30 days with featured ESPN photos, videos, predictions, quotes and statistics here on Front Row and on Twitter using #ESPNKickoff.
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posted by Front Row Staff on June 7, 2013 11:30 AM
This week, while on a separate assignment in Tokyo, ESPN reporter T.J. Quinn found himself in the unique situation of being deeply involved in a major breaking news story while roughly 6,700 miles from the epicenter of the story. Writing for Outside the Lines, Quinn, Pedro Gomez and Michael Fish added to the investigative unit’s impressive body of work on Major League Baseball’s latest PED problems with a story that rocked the sports world Tuesday night and into Wednesday.
Also in Japan working on assignment was ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Jones. He had never met his colleague, Quinn, but their initial introduction was one Jones will not soon forget. In what might be a Twitter first, Jones live-Tweeted the pending breaking news on Tuesday evening and continued to share his experience of watching Quinn ply his craft as the news spread.
So, @tjquinnespn is with me in Japan. He has not slept very much lately. My heart has been pounding on his behalf. Guy is a bull.
— Chris Jones (@MySecondEmpire) June 5, 2013
Here, in an exclusive for Front Row, Quinn and Jones share recollections of a crazy couple of days: continue reading…