posted by Gracie Blackburn on November 15, 2013 10:22 AM
Televising a sporting event contested on land provides enough challenges. During the annual Longhorn Invitational Rowing event in March of this year, Longhorn Network’s remote production team had to set up sound, lights and cameras for the three-day competition on a 1.25-mile stretch of the Colorado River.
LHN’s 12-hour, four-race coverage was recognized last week with a Lone Star Sports Emmy for Technical Achievement. Pat Lowry, coordinating producer and director, and Joe Baker, director of operations, explain how their team covered this unique event in Austin, Texas:
How did you approach planning for the event? continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on November 6, 2013 2:00 PM
Stephanie Druley (Joe Faraoni/ESPN)
Today, ESPN announced Stephanie Druley will be the SEC Network’s Vice President of Production for College Networks. The 23-year ESPN veteran has a track record of excellence overseeing some of ESPN’s highest profile properties. She has contributed to nine national Sports Emmys and, most recently, her team was recognized with 18 Regional Sports Emmy nominations to be decided Saturday at a San Antonio, Texas ceremony.
As head of production for SEC Network, Druley will oversee the production of at least 450 live televised SEC events planned for the network’s first year and a range of original content and studio programming. Front Row sat down with Druley to discuss her new role and the August 2014 launch of the SEC Network.
What do you love about college sports? continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on October 25, 2013 2:11 PM
Brett McMurphy with daughter, Chesney. (Photo courtesy of Brett McMurphy)
Call it a case of art imitating life and then life imitating art.
This memorable “This is SportsCenter” ad told the “tale” of a young man who thought he was ready for the big time but soon found out, as anchor Bob Ley says in the spot, “. . . bottom line is he just came out too soon.”
Last Saturday, another youngster attempted to make the leap from (grade) school to SportsCenter and this time, the results were markedly better. continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on October 18, 2013 2:19 PM
In 2009 when he was coaching at Virginia Tech, current ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg (black shirt) surprised a Midnight Madness crowd by performing in an inflatable “Hokie Bird” suit. (Photo courtesy VT Athletics)
Tonight beginning at 9 ET, ESPNU will air four hours of Midnight Madness events from nine schools around the country. Front Row caught up with several of ESPN’s college basketball analysts who were coaches at Division I schools for their perspectives on Midnight Madness.
Bruce Pearl, former head coach at Tennessee, UW-Milwaukee:
Midnight Madness was a celebration on our campus – with our student body and fans – that college basketball was back. I will never forget putting on the sumo wrestling outfit [at Tennessee] and body slamming a worthy opponent from the student body. continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on October 16, 2013 4:57 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Today, all 15 ACC head men’s basketball coaches, mascots and two key players from each team descended upon the ESPNU studios for the ESPNU Basketball Media Days Special. Over the next four days, ESPNU will cover six conferences’ basketball media days including ACC, American, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. Enjoy 12 snapshots from the day.
1. And then there were 15 . . .
This is the fourth year that the ACC head coaches have previewed the season with a visit to ESPNU for the network’s media day coverage. Last year, all 12 coaches were on hand, and this year, three coaches made the trip for the first time.
(Travis Bell/ESPN Images)
2. Roll out the Red Carpet continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on September 25, 2013 8:00 AM
Maria Taylor (7) was a volleyball player for the University of Georgia. (University of Georgia Athletics)
Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Maria Taylor believes she has a built-in advantage as a college football sideline reporter: “I can see over some of those lineman when they are in the huddle and confirm exactly what is going on.”
That’s something play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore and analyst Matt Millen have come to rely on from Taylor this and every fall Saturday for their games on ESPN (No. 5 Stanford at Washington State, 10 p.m. ET).
Maria Taylor (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
Her height often has aided her sports career. Before joining ESPN, Taylor got her first television exposure as a volleyball player at Georgia (2005-08).
Tonight, when ESPNU serves up in-state rivals NC State at No. 15 UNC as part of the network’s Wednesday Night Women’s Volleyball series, Taylor will once again be courtside calling one of 10 matches on her ESPN schedule this season. Front Row sat down with Taylor to talk about NCAA volleyball and her atypical work week covering two sports.
ESPN continues to expand its college volleyball package. Why do you think the sport makes compelling television? continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on September 19, 2013 4:44 PM
AUSTIN, Texas — Longhorn Network, ESPN’s 24-hour University of Texas channel, celebrated its second birthday on Aug. 26 from its studios overlooking Darrell K. Royal stadium. Recently, LHN expanded distribution and is now available in nearly 12 million homes. During her recent visit, Front Row’s Gracie Blackburn captured these 10 images that make the network uniquely qualified to have the eyes of Texas upon it.
1. First Words Spoken on Longhorn Network continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on August 22, 2013 4:19 PM
College Football kicks off one week from today, but the pigskin starts flying for future college all-stars tomorrow. High school football begins this weekend with the ESPN High School Kickoff and the glow of Friday night lights from nine states across the country. Seventeen teams are playing in the series for the first time and six of the featured teams are nationally ranked in the Top 25.
For college fans, it’s a chance to see the raw talent coaches have been scouting from the ESPN 300 and an opportunity to highlight the nation’s passion for the start of the football season. Some of the biggest names in college football in the last 10 years first played on ESPN in high school games – Jadeveon Clowney, Tim Tebow and Matt Barkley to name three. Notable college head coaches, such as Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, have appeared, too. continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on July 3, 2013 10:34 AM
Orlando Johnson, now with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, played for Team USA Basketball in the 2011 World University Games. (Credit: FISU: International Federation of University Sport)
This week, ESPNU and ESPN3 will bring daily coverage of the World University Games to a United States audience. Combined, the networks will carry 115 hours of the international competition from Kazan, Russia beginning Saturday. Front Row sat down with Todd Myers, Director of Programming & Acquisitions, to discuss what it means for sports fans: continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on May 30, 2013 1:00 PM
NCAA Division I Softball Championship coverage continues through June 5 on ESPN networks.
Coordinating producer Meg Aronowitz has been an integral part of ESPN’s ever-expanding softball coverage since ESPNU began in 2005. A third baseman who helped Emory University start its program in 1999, she knows what it is like to see the pitch from the plate and through a camera. The 2013 Women’s College World Series (WCWS) will be Aronowitz’s ninth working for ESPN.
After more than 136 hours of Regional and Super Regional coverage across ESPN networks, the NCAA Division I Softball Championship continues today with every game from the WCWS in Oklahoma City. Front Row sat down with the former Emory Eagle to discuss the tournament and the game’s growing popularity, especially as an ESPN television property.
You’ve seen softball aggressively expand on ESPN networks. What’s the reason for the growth? continue reading…