posted by Stephen McDonald on November 8, 2013 8:00 AM
ESPN Fan Central recently introduced a virtual tour series on Front Row designed to take you, the fans, behind ESPN’s walls and show you what life in Bristol is really like. Our first two stops took us through the offices of ESPN The Magazine and ESPN’s Employee Wellness Center. Now, in the video above, it’s time to get some fresh air and show you some of the outdoor locations on ESPN’s Bristol campus.
Be sure to check back in the coming weeks for our next installment, and remember, for fan service, be sure to follow @ESPN_FanCentral on Twitter, like our Facebook page and/or e-mail FanCentral@ESPN.com.
Video produced by Tonya Malinowski
posted by Stephen McDonald on October 16, 2013 6:00 PM
Earlier today, 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games champions Rich Froning and Samantha Briggs stopped by ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters and chatted with ESPN.com’s SportsNation, espnW and hosted a Q&A discussion for ESPN employees. (Some employees participated in a fitness challenge of their own this past summer.)
You can watch Tennessee’s Froning, now a three-peat champion, and England’s Briggs claim the titles of “Fittest on Earth” tonight, when ESPN airs the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games finals beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
How has ESPN’s support of CrossFit helped promote the sport? continue reading…
posted by Stephen McDonald on October 11, 2013 8:00 AM
Fan Central introduced a new virtual tour series last month on Front Row designed to take you, the fans, behind ESPN’s walls and show you what life in Bristol is really like.
Our first stop took us through the offices of ESPN The Magazine. Our next stop takes us through ESPN’s Employee Wellness Center, which opened on our Bristol campus in 2003.
In the video above, we take you inside the Wellness Center and show you some of the services and amenities offered.
Be sure to check back in the coming weeks for our next installment, and remember, for ESPN fan service, be sure to follow @ESPN_FanCentral on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and/or e-mail FanCentral@ESPN.com.
posted by Stephen McDonald on September 27, 2013 3:30 PM
Welcome to another edition of the Fan Central Mailbag. Remember, if you have an ESPN-related question, follow us @ESPN_FanCentral and use #FanCentralMB to tweet your questions. You can also e-mail them to FanCentral@ESPN.com.
Before we get to your questions, a quick reminder that ESPN and ABC will have some great college football match-ups Saturday and you can see a full schedule here.
Also, do you have a “Clutch” story about watching games on WatchESPN? Don’t forget, you can submit your WatchESPN clutch moments and design your own illustrated “Clutch” self-portrait.
Now, on to your questions:
Steve Carell on the set of First Take with Skip Bayless, Cari Champion and Stephen A. Smith
(Joe Faraoni / ESPN)
Are the “I Survived First Take” t-shirts given to fans in the First Take studio audience? — Michael continue reading…
posted by Stephen McDonald on September 13, 2013 8:00 AM
As you know, ESPN Fan Central is the fans’ answer source, sounding board and ESPN encyclopedia. While we’ve answered your questions about ESPN over the past year in Fan Central Mailbag columns, we haven’t shown you what life in Bristol is really like — until now.
Over the next few months, Fan Central will be posting a series of tour videos here on Front Row that will take you, the fans, behind ESPN’s walls. We’ll show you what life in Bristol is really like and what makes ESPN’s campus – and satellite offices – such unique places to work.
Our first stop takes us through the offices of ESPN the Magazine. In the video above, we take you inside and show you what working for ESPN The Magazine is like. So sit back, relax and enjoy the tour!
Remember, for fan service, be sure to follow @ESPN_FanCentral on Twitter, like our Facebook page and/or e-mail FanCentral@espn.com.
Video produced by Stephen McDonald and Ariel Bond
posted by Stephen McDonald on August 16, 2013 11:30 AM
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights adds another chapter to Chicago’s rich boxing history with a show tonight at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.
In the first major pro boxing card at a Chicago ballpark in more than 50 years, hometown favorite, light heavyweight contender, Andrzej Fonfara meets Gabriel Campillo in the FNF main event (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN/ESPN Deportes+). (For those who are curious, on Sept. 25, 1962 at old Comiskey Park, heavyweight Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson.)
Front Row asked Matt Sandulli, senior coordinating producer at ESPN, about showcasing FNF in a unique venue for boxing.
What’s different about producing an arena boxing show versus outdoors at a stadium? continue reading…
posted by Stephen McDonald on July 24, 2013 8:00 AM
ESPN2 will present the first-ever live telecast of the CrossFit Games Finals this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. In addition, ESPN3 will have live action today (11 a.m.), Friday (12 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.). Each day, ESPN3 will carry the key challenges, along with analysis, highlights and athlete interviews. (Click here to view full schedule.)
To get in the spirit of the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games, ESPN’s Wellness Team recently hosted an ESPN Fitness Challenge for employees on the Bristol, Conn. campus green. Employees were put through a series of six high-intensity exercises, which included kettle bell swings, bear crawls and burpee broad jumps.
In the video above employees, including SportsCenter anchor Kevin Connors, shared their thoughts before and after the challenge.
Video produced by Ariel Bond
posted by Stephen McDonald on June 28, 2013 8:00 AM
Todd Grisham (L) and Teddy Atlas on location during ESPN Friday Night Fights. (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
After a career in the pro wrestling and boxing business, Todd Grisham will be closer to the action tonight than ever before when he calls his first boxing match alongside ESPN Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas in Jacksonville, Fla. (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchESPN). Grisham is filling in for Joe Tessitore who is off this week.
“Todd has established good chemistry with Teddy from the studio, so it made sense to provide him the opportunity to sit next to Teddy and call the fights,” Senior Coordinating Producer Matt Sandulli said. “Also, Todd’s experience includes calling WWE action, which is probably one of broadcasting’s most challenging jobs, so we think boxing will be a little easier compared to that bedlam, and I say that with the utmost respect for the WWE production.” continue reading…
posted by Stephen McDonald on June 6, 2013 1:00 PM
Mark Mulder on the Baseball Tonight set.(Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
Mulder also starred at Michigan State.
(Credit: MSU Athletics)
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: @markmulder20
(as of 6/6/13)
ESPN MLB analyst Mark Mulder, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the Oakland Athletics in 1998, will appear on Baseball Tonight throughout the week to discuss the latest action and the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The draft starts tonight and runs through Saturday. In addition to Baseball Tonight’s coverage, ESPN.com will be providing extensive news and information throughout the draft. Fans can also follow @BBTN for the latest developments. Baseball Tonight airs this evening (10 p.m. ET & 12 a.m.), Friday (10 p.m. & 12 a.m.) and Saturday (1 a.m.).
Mulder, a two-time All-Star and a World Series champion in nine major-league seasons with Oakland and later St. Louis, shared his thoughts about Twitter and memories from when he was drafted out of Michigan State.
When did you first start using Twitter and why? continue reading…
posted by Stephen McDonald on March 22, 2013 8:00 AM
Welcome to another edition of the Fan Central Mailbag. Remember, if you have an ESPN-related question, follow us @ESPN_FanCentral and use #FanCentralMB to tweet your questions. Also, be sure to “like” our Fan Central Facebook page. You can also e-mail questions to FanCentral@espn.com.
To tip-off this edition of the mailbag, we want to provide you with a complete guide to ESPN’s exclusive coverage of all 63 games of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, which starts tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET. continue reading…