posted by Ben Cafardo on November 22, 2013 3:36 PM
ESPN NBA Insider Marc Stein on the set of “NBA Coast to Coast” (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
“Stein Line Live” Strategy
“Marc Stein is the world’s No. 1 NBA reporter. He breaks the most NBA news and has the most NBA information. Marc needed a new platform to share all of this information ‘in the moment’. It’s a better service to NBA fans to make all of this information available every day.” – Chris Ramsay, ESPN.com senior director, NBA, NASCAR, Golf
NBA regular-season Fridays used to mean one thing on ESPN.com’s NBA page: time for Marc Stein’s “Weekend Dime.” But as of Nov. 1, every day has a “Weekend Dime” feel, thanks to the introduction of Stein’s new daily blog: “Stein Line Live.” It’s a one-stop-shop for all nontraditional news content from Stein, one of ESPN’s top NBA Insiders.
Front Row asked Stein about the new look for his page.
What content will NBA fans and ESPN.com readers have access to on “Stein Line Live?” continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on November 15, 2013 3:30 PM
New “KIA NBA Countdown” host Sage Steele (Rich Arden/ESPN Images)
Click HERE to listen or visit iTunes to download the podcast and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Front & Center podcast. Also, make sure to check out the ESPN Radio app, available for the iPad.
“I’m just this girl who had this dream of hosting SportsCenter.”
If there was ever a quote to capture Sage Steele in a nutshell – the perfect blend of passion, energy and humility which makes her one of the most respected sports commentators in media today – this is it.
After several years on SportsCenter, Steele was named the host of the Friday and Sunday editions of ESPN’s NBA pre-game studio show, Kia NBA Countdown, prior to the 2013-14 NBA season. Steele, alongside Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Doug Collins, made their debut on Nov. 1.
During this Front & Center podcast, Steele dives into several topics, including how she is creating chemistry with her new Countdown colleagues, memories of watching the NBA with her dad, Gary Steele, and the impact his journey had on her career (Gary was the first African-American varsity football player at West Point). continue reading…
posted by Diane Lamb on October 31, 2013 4:01 PM
NBA on ESPN Radio commentators Jon Barry (left) and Kevin Calabro.
(David Alvarez / ESPN Images)
Jon Barry played 14 years in the NBA, so he knows how to adapt.
This season, the eight-year veteran ESPN television analyst brings his expertise to the NBA on ESPN Radio broadcasts for the first time. During Tuesday night’s Chicago at Miami regular-season opener, Barry debuted as radio broadcast partner of Kevin Calabro. He will work more than 40 regular-season and playoff games on ESPN Radio and continue to provide studio and game analysis on ESPN television. Front Row caught up with the longtime broadcaster and son of Basketball Hall Of Famer Rick Barry to talk about his new radio role.
Dr. Jack Ramsay worked NBA games on ESPN Radio for the last 18 years before retiring last season. What’s it like to follow a legend? continue reading…
posted by Carrie Kreiswirth on September 20, 2013 8:00 AM
QB Cam Newton is No. 1 in your programs, but his Carolina Panthers rank No. 72 in The Mag’s Ultimate Standings.
ESPN The Magazine’s 11th annual Ultimate Standings survey, the results of which are featured in The Mag’s “Franchise Issue,” hits newsstands today, and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies have been crowned the “Best Sports Franchise” in North America.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the NBA’s Sacramento Kings (122nd) and the NFL’s New York Jets (121st) were the two lowest-ranked teams in the Ultimate Standings. continue reading…
posted by Kim Jarvis on August 27, 2013 4:43 PM
Nov. 2001: ESPN The Magazine cover with Tracy McGrady and Dirk Nowitzki.
Monday morning on ESPN’s First Take, seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady announced his retirement (see video above).
Though McGrady is a fan of the show, it was an unusual forum to make such an announcement. How did it happen?
Last spring, First Take Coordinating Producer Antoine Lewis contacted McGrady about being a guest. But the swingman could not commit because he signed with the San Antonio Spurs after playing the bulk of last winter in China. Lewis continued to work with Talent Producer Jamila Phillips to reschedule an appearance. continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on June 28, 2013 2:27 PM
ESPN coordinating producer Bruce Bernstein (L) has worked the past 11 NBA Drafts with league commissioner David Stern. (Rich Arden/ESPN Images)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — For ESPN Coordinating Producer Bruce Bernstein, NBA Draft night is one of the most important dates on his work calendar. Bernstein works regularly on ESPN’s NBA property, but he has an extra special job the night of the NBA Draft. As he says, he’s NBA Commissioner David Stern’s “glue-guy.” No pressure, right?
During a live telecast — filled with uncertainty and lots of moving parts — Stern depends on Bernstein’s direction and poise to get him from point A to point B, and in a timely fashion. Thursday night during the 2013 NBA Draft proceedings in the Barclays Center, Stern said of working with Bernstein: “He knows how to coordinate. It isn’t often that the announce team and I are on the same schedule and his job is to make it all come together. He does it with a great patience and a wonderful sense of humor that complement his extraordinary competence.” continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on June 27, 2013 4:00 PM
University of Miami star Shane Larkin shakes his father Barry Larkin’s hand during the 2013 ACC Tournament in March. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)
Editor’s note: ESPN will televise the 2013 NBA Draft tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.
It was 28 years ago that ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Barry Larkin was selected fourth overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Fast forward to tonight and Barry will be in attendance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. where his son — University of Miami star point guard Shane Larkin — is expected to realize a lifelong dream and be selected in the NBA Draft.
Front Row had the opportunity to catch up with the proud father hours before his son’s biggest sports moment to date.
How is Shane preparing for the moment when his name is expected to be called? continue reading…
posted by Kristen Hudak on June 26, 2013 4:00 PM
ESPN production assistant Daniel Ferguson (Hannah Worster/ESPN)
Production assistant Daniel Ferguson has a unique but important role in ESPN’s coverage of the 2013 NBA Draft (Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). While he is among four staffers preparing player highlight packages for this week’s draft telecast, the New Hampshire native is solely responsible for video of the international prospects.
And that is no easy task.
International players are well-represented on draft boards again this year and Ferguson has been busy for the past two months preparing 35 packages to air if, and when, the players’ names are called by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Ferguson, who has been with ESPN for three years and has worked on a variety of sports, spent a few minutes with Front Row to explain all the preparation required to produce these 20 to 40-second highlights.
How are the packages you are preparing used during ESPN’s NBA Draft telecast? continue reading…
posted by Kristen Hudak on June 21, 2013 11:35 AM
Thursday night in Miami, the 2012-13 NBA season came to a close with a spectacular finale. The Miami Heat — led by Finals MVP LeBron James — edged the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 95-88 to win their second consecutive NBA championship. The game 7 telecast delivered a 17.7 overnight rating — and peaked at a 22.6 in the closing minutes — making it the second highest-rated NBA game in ABC history.
The entire series was a memorable one, called with precision by ABC’s lead team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Doris Burke and ESPN Radio’s Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Marc Stein. KIA NBA Countdown commentators Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Mike Wilbon in Miami and NBA analyst Kurt Rambis in Bristol on SportsCenter also provided unique perspective.
Here’s a look at what fans were saying about the coverage before, during, and after Game 7: continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on June 18, 2013 2:00 PM
Doris Burke (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)
When fans tune into Game 6 of the NBA Finals tonight (9 p.m. ET, ABC), they don’t know if they’re going to see the San Antonio Spurs win their fifth NBA title or the defending champion Miami Heat extend the series to a Game 7. They do know ESPN reporter Doris Burke and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, considered the toughest interview in the NBA – if not all of sports – are sure to provide compelling content in the form of Popovich’s in-game interview.
Front Row caught up with Burke to discuss what it’s like interviewing Popovich in the heat of competition.
How does Popovich’s interview style compare with his Heat counterpart Erik Spoelstra? continue reading…