I started at the Worldwide Leader one month after graduating from the University of Rhode Island, and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to start my career in sports PR. In my position I assist with public relations for ESPYs, ESPN Films (including the critically-acclaimed “30 for 30” series), and the content development and consumer products divisions. Born and raised (and now working) in the New York metro area has made me a huge NY sports fan. I love rooting for the Knicks, Giants and Yankees and above all I love working at a place where I’m surrounded by sports fans that are as passionate as me!
posted by Jennifer Cingari on November 20, 2013 11:30 AM
As seen in the video above, one lucky fan in yesterday’s SportsNation audience took home a customized Seattle Seahawks Edition Xbox One. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson joined co-hosts Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley in ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center to promote the highly anticipated new Xbox One.
If you’re a fan of SportsNation, you probably have noticed the frequent incorporation of video games, consoles and culture into the show. There’s the giveaways, as when each member of the studio audience received a copy of “Call of Duty: Ghosts”; there’s the annual SportsNation/Madden Cover Vote campaign; and once, Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley went to E3 2013 to report on the expo’s happenings.
Front Row sat down with Coordinating Producer Whit Albohm to talk about the connection:
SportsNation frequently incorporates the video game industry on the show. Why does it work? continue reading…
posted by Jennifer Cingari on November 5, 2013 12:49 PM
LAS VEGAS — Tonight’s World Series of Poker Final Table (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET) marks Director of Content Strategy and Acquisitions Dan Ochs’ first since taking on the property in August. Ochs hit the ground running to make the transition seamless.
Now with the season concluding, Front Row caught up with Ochs as tonight’s Final Table features Ryan Riess and Jay Farber vying for the coveted WSOP Main Event bracelet and $8.3 million in prize winnings.
The final two pic.twitter.com/wivgHnBiw0
— Andrew Feldman (@AFeldmanESPN) November 5, 2013
What have you learned about the WSOP over the past few months? continue reading…
posted by Jennifer Cingari on October 15, 2013 12:11 PM
Teddy Atlas, ESPN boxing analyst and former boxing trainer:
What would you have done – as a trainer in the corner – if your fighter had said “no mas”?
I would have said, you better think about what this is going to mean tomorrow. This thing you have to deal with for a few more minutes is going to be gone just like a puddle in the summer, it’s going to be gone in the air. What’s not going to be gone is what you did here. If you quit, that’s going to be with you forever. You better think about it before you put yourself in a position that you’re going to have to live with for the rest of your life.
Nigel Collins, ESPN boxing analyst, former editor-in-chief of The Ring magazine:
What do you think that fight did to Duran’s legacy?
Most of Duran’s die-hard fans forgave him, but history will not. It’s the sort of stain than can never be washed away. Even so, I had no qualms about voting for him the year he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. One moment of weakness can’t erase all his accomplishments.
ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series continues tonight with No Más (ESPN, 8 ET), Eric Drath’s documentary that chronicles the rivalry of boxing legends Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran while looking for answers to Duran’s stunning decision to quit in the middle of a championship fight.
Leonard spoke to Front Row about No Más and shares his thoughts on singer/actor Usher playing him in an upcoming big-screen biopic of Duran.
In No Más you are finally able to confront Duran and ask him questions that have been bothering you for years. Do you feel like you got the answers you were looking for? continue reading…
posted by Jennifer Cingari on October 8, 2013 4:08 PM
St. Louis franchise
• Former ABA Commissioner Mike Storen is the father of ESPN anchor Hannah Storm.
• The Spirits and Indiana Pacers each made history by using the first women as TV color commentators. The Spirits had Arlene Weltman (wife of the team’s GM) and the Pacers had Phyllis Ackerman.
• In their lucrative settlement with the NBA, Spirits owners Dan and Ozzie Silna asked for 1/7th of all TV revenues from the Nets, Nuggets, Pacers and Spurs because when the ABA ceased operations there were seven teams in the league.
• Spirits all-star Marvin Barnes wrote poetry as a hobby, and the Spirits used some of his poems to promote their games.
• Following a road game in Louisville, Barnes refused to board the team plane when he realized that it was going to land in St. Louis before it took off in Louisville due to a time zone change. “I ain’t getting on any time machine,” he told Bob Costas.
• Three Spirits players went on to win NBA Championships after the ABA folded: Maurice Lucas (Portland 1977), Moses Malone (Philadelphia 1983) and M.L. Carr (Boston, 1981 and 1984).
Tonight’s 30 for 30 documentary, Free Spirits (8 p.m. ET, ESPN, with re-air at 10 p.m. on ESPN2), tells the story of the Spirits of St. Louis – an entertaining and at times controversial basketball team in the American Basketball Association that featured stars like Marvin “Bad News” Barnes and James “Fly” Williams.
Front Row talked to the director, Daniel H. Forer, about the team that – although it wasn’t chosen to join the NBA with four other ABA teams – found a different way to secure its future.
Why did you want to tell this story? continue reading…
posted by Jennifer Cingari on September 24, 2013 3:07 PM
ESPN Films’ The Book of Manning (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET), part of the “SEC Storied” documentary series, explores the personal and professional life of former NFL and Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning. The film focuses on how the sudden loss of his father affected his life and the way he and his wife, Olivia, raised their three sons: Cooper, and NFL stars Peyton and Eli.
Front Row sat with director Rory Karpf to discuss how the film — narrated by actor John Goodman — came together.
How was the experience of working with Archie and how did the film evolve? continue reading…
posted by Jennifer Cingari on September 3, 2013 8:00 AM
Front and Center: Tate Donovan, director of 30 for 30 Short on the Ashe brothers, Arthur and Johnnie
The recent 30 for 30 Short film, Arthur and Johnnie, was directed by actor Tate Donovan, known for his roles on television dramas Damages and The OC.
The film, available on Grantland.com, is an exclusive first-person account by Johnnie Ashe that relays a previously unknown chapter of his brother Arthur’s legacy that changed the trajectory of Arthur’s tennis career and altered countless other lives.
In this Front & Center podcast, Donovan talks about the significance of Arthur and Johnnie’s story, this year’s US Open, and what it was like directing his first documentary film.
posted by Jennifer Cingari on August 6, 2013 12:20 PM
Now in his 11th year covering the event for ESPN, Chad gives Front Row a taste of what to expect.
Which storylines are you looking forward to watching unfold this year? continue reading…
posted by Jennifer Cingari on August 6, 2013 8:00 AM
ESPN Films and espnW’s Nine for IX film series continues tonight (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) with “The Diplomat”, chronicling the story of Katarina Witt. The figure skater became one of East Germany’s most famous athletes during the Cold War.
Co-directors Senain Kheshgi and Jennifer Arnold spoke to Front Row on the eve of their film’s ESPN debut.
Why did you choose to document Witt’s story? continue reading…
posted by Jennifer Cingari on July 30, 2013 4:00 PM
With a schedule packed with co-hosting SportsCenter, preparing an NFL edition of “Face to Face with Hannah Storm” and other projects, Hannah Storm always makes sure to set aside time for another passion of hers: directing and producing films.
A Nine for IX documentary, “Swoopes,” directed by Storm premieres tonight (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) focusing on basketball star Sheryl Swoopes’ life and career from her professional triumphs to her personal struggles.
Front Row caught up with Storm in advance of her film’s debut.
What can viewers look forward to seeing in “Swoopes?” continue reading…
posted by Jennifer Cingari on June 10, 2013 11:45 AM
Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith, Cari Champion and the First Take crew are on the road for the NBA Finals, traveling between Miami and San Antonio for live shows throughout the best-of-seven-game series.
Game 3 is Tuesday night in San Antonio (ABC, 9 p.m. ET), and First Take will telecast that morning (10 a.m., ESPN2) from the San Antonio Hard Rock Café before a live audience (fans are encouraged to attend). Champion gave Front Row some perspective on the studio show experience thus far in Miami, where she is reporting on her first NBA Finals since joining ESPN in October.
What’s it like taking the show on the road? continue reading…