The 2013 college football season on ESPN kicks off at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)
The 2013 college football season – ESPN’s 30th of live game telecasts – will kick off Thursday, Aug. 29 and showcase 10 games across multiple platforms beginning at 6 p.m. ET with North Carolina at South Carolina on ESPN. That much anticipated day is 30 days from today. And what would be a better way to gear up and add to the anticipation of the season than a countdown of facts, videos, stories, audio clips, quotes and more – every day via Twitter – until toe meets leather?
ESPN’s four-person college sports PR team will take to Twitter with a daily tweet about ESPN’s college football coverage from today through the season’s start. Releases, talent predictions, behind-the-scenes photos and videos, show info, schedule updates, team-by-team historical and scheduling facts and figures will all be included. continue reading…
Chris Fallica (L) and Trey Wingo at The Open Championship (Chris Wondoloski/ESPN)
When viewers tune in to watch ESPN’s live, four-day coverage of The Open Championship this week, one person who plays a major role in what they will see on the screen and hear from the announcers is someone who won’t be seen on-camera.
Chris Fallica, senior researcher in ESPN’s production research group, is responsible for putting together notes and statistics that are used as on-screen graphics and by the on-air announcers. continue reading…
New ESPN Insider and multiplatform reporter Jeff Goodman (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
Though it’s the college basketball offseason, there is no summer slowdown when it comes to ESPN adding top talent to its reporting roster. The newest member of the team is Insider and multiplatform reporter, Jeff Goodman.
The Boston native, who has worked for the Associated Press, Scout.com, FoxSports.com, and most recently, CBSSports.com, fell in love with journalism in his teens, and college basketball, during his studies at the University of Arizona. Goodman, who is quite active on Twitter (@GoodmanESPN), is already making his mark with breaking news such as this from yesterday on Georgetown’s Greg Whittington.
Goodman visited with Front Row to discuss his new ESPN role and what’s ahead for the 2013-14 season.
Flik, who is not a cicada, from Disney’s “A Bug’s Life”
Cicadas aren’t sports fans.
It is the only reasonable explanation as to why, after 17 years underground, billions of bugs visited suburban Bristol, Conn. but none were spotted on our ESPN campus (despite multiple searches from several of our best amateur entomologists). continue reading…
SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
Anchors away. . . from the studio:
A week of major sporting events sees several familiar Bristol-based, ESPN faces – in addition to Levy – dotting the sports landscape for live reports, specials and updates.
The NBA Finals (Miami/San Antonio): Stuart Scott, Sage Steele
The U.S. Open (Ardmore, Pa.): Chris Berman, Scott Van Pelt, John Anderson, Trey Wingo*
World Cup qualifying (Tuesday, Seattle): Bob Ley
*On Tuesday, Wingo was in Foxborough, Mass. for Patriots mini-camp
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There is no place SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy would rather be tonight than Chicago. With Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final set for 8 p.m. ET, the Long Island, N.Y. native and fervent hockey fan is in his own Shangri-la.
Along with Barry Melrose, Levy will provide pre- and post-game news and analysis throughout the 2013 Cup Final on both gamedays and off-days.
“I think it’s imperative for SportsCenter anchors to get out from behind the desk from time to time,” said Levy, who is one of several SC anchors out in the field this week (see sidebar).
In the Front & Center podcast above, Levy discusses where his passion for hockey comes from; strategy for covering The Cup Final; characteristics shared by Melrose and ESPN’s Chris Berman; the depth of ESPN’s cross-platform coverage of the NHL; surprising things you might not know about Melrose; his upcoming 20-year anniversary with the company and his latest major motion picture acting roles.
ESPN Young Professionals President Jennifer McKenzie and Adam Masterson speak at a YP Observation Program. (ESPN)
The workforce of today’s hyper-connected world includes a large percentage of “young professionals.” While the term can straddle many age groups, at ESPN the Young Professionals (YP) Employee Resource Group (ERG) is made up of millenial employees — or “Generation Y” — who mostly range from recent college grads through early 30-something year-olds.
ESPN’s YP ERG’s vision and mission is to create and offer opportunities for the millennial employee population to collaborate, contribute and develop. It is one of eight employee resource groups that were launched in 2009 to support ESPN’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy that focuses on leveraging the variety of perspectives in our Workforce, Workplace and Marketplace to strengthen the growth of our business. The other groups represent the African-American, Asian, Disability, Families/Work Life, Hispanic, LGBT and Women communities. continue reading…
While ESPN’s live coverage on the Boston Marathon tragedy continues, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and friends and the running community. Several ESPN employees were in Boston as reporters, runners or spectators and have shared their stories on SportsCenter and ESPN.com.
ESPN Employee Eyewitness Accounts
Bob Ley interviewed ESPN.com senior director of design and race participant Dan Benshoff, who describes the scene around the finish line and in the medical tent.
Jeremy Schaapinterviewed ESPN producer and race participant Bryan Jaroch, who said he was about a mile from crossing the finish line when the explosions occurred. continue reading…
Chris McKendry (L) and John Buccigross on the SportsCenter set (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
On Wednesday, ESPN’s John Buccigross (@Buccigross) spent 30 minutes on Twitter answering fans’ questions regarding the NCAA’s Frozen Four. Using the hashtag #BucciFrozenFour, the ESPN SportsCenter anchor and voice of the Frozen Four interacted with fans as he prepared for today’s games in Pittsburgh. The questions ranged from who is Bucci’s favorite for the Hobey Baker Award to what kind of sandwich he was eating at Pittsburgh institution, Primanti Bros.
ESPN’s coverage of the Frozen Four gets under way this afternoon on ESPN2 at 4:30 p.m. ET with semifinal No. 1 from Pittsburgh, Pa. featuring Yale versus UMass-Lowell. The second semifinal between St. Cloud State and Quinnipiac airs at 8 p.m., also on ESPN2. Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Clay Matvick are on the call for both games.continue reading…
OTL’s coverage of the fallout from Mike Rice’s firing at Rutgers University continues Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN with host Bob Ley
Sunday’s Outside the Lines hosted by Bob Ley will provide a comprehensive review of the past five days at Rutgers University and a look ahead for the University as it – and college athletics – move forward after a tumultuous Final Four week. continue reading…