posted by Mike Soltys on November 26, 2013 8:00 AM
Monday’s wind chill at the Southington, Conn. drive-in was in the single digits, but Thanksgiving warmth was evident as 100 Team ESPN volunteers helped distribute turkeys and all the fixings for 400 local families.
The annual event, coordinated by the town’s Community Services department, is popular with ESPN volunteers according to Don Brooks, Corporate Outreach program manager. Brooks said ESPN employees enjoy engaging directly with the community members in need of assistance.
“Team ESPN volunteers unloaded trucks, sorted and organized the food and then loaded the recipients’ cars with enough food for a Thanksgiving meal,” Brooks said. 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 Kevin Ota on October 30, 2013 8:00 AM
ESPN offers coverage on various devices and platforms.
Editor’s note: As the digital media industry continues its constant charge forward, measuring all things digital requires innovation and vision to match. We’ll check in with ESPN Research and Analytics occasionally to keep us up to speed.
ESPN Digital Media set an all-time record in September, reaching 72.7 million unique visitors last month across computers, smartphones and tablets, according to comScore’s Multi-Platform data. This was the largest number of individual users ever reached in a single month by any property in the sports category.
We checked in with Dave Coletti, vice president of Digital Media Research & Analytics, to help add perspective to the unprecedented numbers.
To what do you attribute the rise in uniques during September. We’ve had spikes due to football in years past, but this was an all-time high. Why? continue reading…
posted by Amy Kunkel on October 21, 2013 1:03 PM
ESPN news editor Claire Smith
(Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
ESPN news editor Claire Smith has been named the inaugural winner of the Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award presented by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The award is given to a sports journalist who has made significant contributions to racial and gender equality in sports.
Smith’s love of sports led her to study journalism at Temple University. After graduation she pursued one goal: to write about baseball.
“My passion for baseball was shaped by two people: my mother – an avid Dodgers fan – and Jackie Robinson, whose legacy influenced my love and curiosity about sports and their impact in society,” Smith said. continue reading…
posted by Elizabeth Paige Fierman on October 16, 2013 10:45 AM
For the sixth consecutive year, ESPN’s Wellness Team has orchestrated a full slate of breast cancer awareness activities throughout the month of October. P.U.S.H. (Power, Unity, Strength, Hope) Pink events have successfully drawn crowds and raised awareness across the organization for years during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year promises to continue the tradition.
“As we are in our sixth year of P.U.S.H. Pink, it has been great to see more and more ESPN employees get involved with the events,” said Cynthia Villalobos, ESPN Wellness Coordinator. “Based on the enthusiasm we have already seen, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this will be our best year yet.” continue reading…
posted by David Scott on October 2, 2013 11:00 AM
ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and his brother, Steve Fainaru, will appear across ESPN today to discuss their forthcoming book, League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth, which releases next Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The brothers are scheduled to join Bob Ley during today’s 11 a.m. ET SportsCenter and will also be on the 4:30 p.m. Outside the Lines with Ley. An excerpt from the book will post later this morning on ESPN.com and Oct. 14′s “The Bay Area” issue of ESPN The Magazine will contain the same book excerpt (on newsstands Friday). Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Don Van Natta, Jr. will write a story regarding the book for ESPN.com. Colin Cowherd will have the brothers as guests on his radio show at approximately Noon ET today and the duo will also take part in an ESPN.com chat beginning at 1 p.m. continue reading…
posted by Sheldon Spencer on October 1, 2013 12:45 PM
ESPN2 hosts (L-R) Keith Olbermann, Suzy Kolber and Mitch Albom are on the set.
(Rick LaBranche/ESPN images)
Twenty years ago tonight, ESPN introduced ESPN2, its “hip kid brother,” as the New York Times labeled it.
Stuart Scott on the ESPN2 set in 1993. (ESPN)
According to ESPN’s official chronology, ESPN2 was launched as a “differentiated 24-hour sports network to target young and active sports viewers with a mixture of event, news and lifestyle programming.”
The spinoff aired everything from the NHL to roller hockey alongside flagship programming such as SportsNight, the marquee studio program that featured, among others, Keith Olbermann, Suzy Kolber, Stuart Scott and Mitch Albom. continue reading…
posted by Jay Jay Nesheim on September 26, 2013 6:23 PM
Larry King (ESPN/John Atashian)
Keith Olbermann will be taking a temporary leave from his show to host the MLB postseason show on TBS, so television icon Larry King, ESPN”s Jeremy Schaap and Colin Cowherd will serve as guest hosts of ESPN’s late night show, Olbermann.
King will host from October 1-3, Schaap will host from October 8-10, followed by Cowherd who will host from October 15-17. Olbermann airs live at 11 p.m. (time subject to shift depending on live events) from the show’s Times Square studios in New York City.
Olbermann returns from baseball duties on October 21.
Jeremy Schaap and Colin Cowherd will guest host Olbermann. (ESPN)
Front Row asked King why he wanted to host the program:
“Sports have always been a huge part of my life,” King said. “I used to have a sports talk radio show down in Florida and did color commentary for the Dolphins. I’ve taught my children about sports – they’re really part of my fabric. Getting the chance to host for Keith, whom I greatly admire, is really a terrific joy for me and I’m looking forward to being back in my hometown for a while.”
VP of Programming and Production Jamie Horowitz touched on why Schaap and Cowherd were chosen:
“Olbermann is designed around Keith because what he really brings is a sharp, unique perspective and point of view,” Horowitz said. “We wanted guest hosts that would connect to viewers and be able to discuss the day’s sports topics in a fresh and engaging way and we’re confident both Jeremy and Colin will bring that to the program.”
posted by Kristen Hudak on September 11, 2013 4:28 PM
Last week, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN announced a two-year, global initiative with Special Olympics Unified Sports during a ceremony at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus, in conjunction with ESPN’s 34th anniversary. Special guests present for the ceremony included Portland Trail Blazers’ NBA Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, X Games skateboarder Mitchie Brusco, U.S. women’s soccer player Kristine Lilly, Special Olympics International board member and champion figure skater Michelle Kwan, Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Timothy P. Shriver and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Sue Swanson.
SportsCenter anchor and NFL Live host Trey Wingo served as emcee for the ceremony. SportsCenter anchors Jay Harris, Kevin Negandhi, Sage Steele, Kevin Connors and Sara Walsh all participated in the celebration. continue reading…
posted by Jay Jay Nesheim on August 26, 2013 8:00 AM
ESPN’s Keith Olbermann
(Lou Rocco/ESPN Images)
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.
Keith Olbermann returns to ESPN tonight with his new late-night show Olbermann. The show will generally be presented live from its Times Square studio in New York City at 11 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday on ESPN2. Olbermann will showcase his unique personality as he focuses on the day’s relevant sports topics. The show will feature a mix of perspective and commentary, interviews, contributors, panel discussions and highlights.
Twitter handle: @KeithOlbermann
Followers: 460,342 (as of 8/26/13)
When did you join Twitter and why? continue reading…