Currently, I assist with strategic communications for ESPN’s MLB and NBA properties, as well as ESPN Corporate Outreach initiatives. I previously supported ESPN Ad Sales, Affiliate Sales, Marketing, Research and Digital teams from our New York office.
Prior to joining ESPN, I worked in digital strategy and online communications in Washington D.C., first with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and the Baltimore Orioles, and later with SB Nation. I also covered the Washington Nationals and visiting MLB clubs for MASNsports.com and MLB.com.
A Johnstown, Pa. native, I graduated from Mercyhurst College and earned my Master's degree from Catholic University. I cheer for the Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pitt Panthers and Mercyhurst Lakers.
For the seventh consecutive year, play-by-play voice Mike Breen (right) will provide NBA Finals commentary with analyst Jeff Van Gundy. (Scott Clarke/ESPN Images)
Tonight, the NBA Finals will begin exclusively on ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN (8:30 p.m. ET, NBA KIA Countdown; 9 p.m. game) when the San Antonio Spurs visit the defending champion Miami Heat. Tim Corrigan, ESPN senior coordinating producer, and his team will produce each of The Finals telecasts.
Looking ahead to his sixth production of The Finals, Corrigan spoke to Front Row about various elements including the new broadcast open; the scale of producing the event; and how his team will incorporate the local flavors of Miami and San Antonio during the best-of-seven series.
What can viewers expect to see this year in terms of production elements?continue reading…
Boston’s Jonny Gomes slides past New York’s Francisco Cervelli. (Allen Kee/ESPN Images)
ESPN’s analyst Nomar Garciaparra spent a near-decade with the Red Sox. (Scott Clarke/ESPN Images)
This weekend, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox renew their historic rivalry on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball (8 p.m. ET). The Red Sox enter with a two-game lead on the rival Yankees in the tight AL East. Of course, any discussion about Boston’s storied rivalry with New York would be incomplete without mentioning ESPN MLB analyst Aaron Boone and his unforgettable home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. Boone, who was traded to the Yankees in 2003, spent just a half season with the Yankees but made a lasting impact on the rivalry.
ESPN MLB analyst Nomar Garciaparra made his debut with the Red Sox in 1996 and played a central role in the rivalry during a near-decade with the club through 2004. Additionally, MLB analyst Alex Cora spent four seasons with the Red Sox and won a championship with the franchise in 2007. This week, Boone, Garciaparra, Cora and other ESPN MLB commentators shared some of their favorite memories of the rivalry. continue reading…
ESPN’s Chris Mullin (L) and Bruce Bowen (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
ESPN’s NBA Playoffs coverage continues tonight (10:30 p.m. ET) with Game 6 of the San Antonio Spurs-Golden State Warriors Western Conference Semifinals series. With the Spurs up 3-2 in the series, the host Warriors must win tonight to force Game 7. ESPN analyst, Basketball Hall of Famer and Warriors legend Chris Mullin will be courtside to provide commentary for ESPN Radio. As a player, Mullin led the Warriors to five playoff appearances between 1987 and 1994.
This week, he joined colleague and ESPN NBA analyst Bruce Bowen, whose extraordinary defense helped lead the Spurs to three championships between 2003 and 2007, to preview the Game 6 showdown in Oakland, Calif. Despite the storied history that both men have with their respective teams, Mullin and Bowen said they have no trouble remaining impartial as analysts. continue reading…
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Hannah Storm (@HannahStormESPN) spent 30 minutes on Twitter answering fan questions regarding the fifth installment of Face to Face with Hannah Storm, which includes in-depth interviews with elite NBA point guards. Using the hashtag #HannahFacetoFace, the SportsCenter anchor interacted with fans about her interviews with Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul and Steve Nash. continue reading…
ESPN’s Manny Acta on the set of Baseball Tonight. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
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Just as a new season of Major League Baseball begins, Front Row caught up with former big league skipper Manny Acta, who joined the roster of Baseball Tonight and Baseball Esta Noche as an ESPN analyst earlier this spring.
Prior to joining ESPN, Acta served as manager of the Cleveland Indians for three seasons. He began his big league managerial career with the Washington Nationals in 2006. Then 37, Acta was the youngest active manager in Major League Baseball. -
Not only did he participate in the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game during All-Star Weekend, but he regularly shares his NBA insights on SportsCenter and a variety of ESPN studio shows. This year, he also added a popular new podcast called NBA Lockdown, which he hosts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with ESPN.com writer Israel Gutierrez.
Bowen and Gutierrez spent a few minutes chatting with Front Row about what listeners can expect on NBA Lockdown.
What makes your podcast unique? B.B.: Honestly, I think it’s the take from two different worlds. We have two different people with strong opinions: a journalist and a champion insider. I’m not one to toot my own horn, but it’s not often that you are going to get the depth and detail from a champion who has been around great coaches and players. Plus, I’ve always respected Israel for his craft. He has strong opinions about what he feels and I do, too. I think that allows us to have the chemistry we have and the respect we have for one another.
I.G.: Bruce and I go back to the 2000-01 NBA season, which was my first year covering an NBA basketball team, the Miami Heat. We got along great then, we’ve kept in touch over the years, and we get along great now. That means we’re not afraid to attack each other — respectfully, of course. Bruce made a career of being an elite defender, and I happen to love offense. He’s a Spur for life, I’m supposedly a Spurs “hater.” It’s classic Odd Couple stuff, and it makes for some interesting exchanges.
Thursday, Front Rowpublished Russillo’s forecast for his Celebrity Game debut. Today, we chat with Bowen — who was voted to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team eight of his nine seasons with the San Antonio Spurs — to learn a little more about his strategy and predictions for the Celebrity Game.
First, let’s talk about your coach — [Oklahoma Thunder star] Russell Westbrook — and your own roster.
Russell is a tough guy. He’s going to do well with players that have “it.” Like Usain Bolt — he has “it.” Bruce Bowen has “it.” Tamika Catchings has “it.” You know, I mess with Russ all the time. I think he needs to work on his celebratory dances. Being from California, he doesn’t represent California well with celebratory dances. And you have to give it to [assistant coach] Queen [Latifah] – she got it. [Bowen sings . . .] The Queen means business.
What about Usain Bolt?
You know how Dwyane [Wade] throws that long pass to LeBron [James]? That’s what I want to do with Usain. It shouldn’t take him long to get it. He’s the fastest man in the world. I also want to do his signature points to the sky. That’s what I’m going to do my first basket. That’s for him.
Thousands of fans voted for their favorite rendition on the SportsNation section of ESPN.com. Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project produced the winning rendition, which will be featured during ESPN’s exclusive telecast of the Sprint NBA Celebrity All-Star Game tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET. Front Row spoke to Roland about the honor, the band’s debut album coming in 2013 and life on the road:
How did the Sweet Tea Project come to be?
It started about a little over a year ago. Collective Soul [another Roland band] had about a month off. These guys I’ve been friends with for a while and I reconnected. They all ended up at my house and I showed them some songs that I was working on. We thought it would be kind of fun to see what we could do with this. Because it’s my voice, we wanted to make it separate and different from Collective Soul. We had a lot of fun with it.
How’d you come up with the name?
It’s a very Southern thing. We wanted to have an Americana flavor. There’s nothing more American or Southern than sweet tea. That’s what we grew up drinking.