For tonight anyway, the “SC” of SportsCenter will stand for Steph Curry
He was a breakout star of the 2013 NBA Playoffs and more and more it appears as though Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is a social media stalwart as well.
Capitalizing on Curry’s proclivity for Tweeting and Vining, SportsCenter’s social feeds will hand over the keyboard to the four-year NBA veteran for tonight’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals (9 p.m. ET, ABC). The hashtag to use to be part of the conversation is: #StephCenter.
“I’m doing this with SportsCenter as a fan of basketball to engage the nation and enjoy some good basketball,” Curry said. “The fans can expect a lot of fun, creativity, and an inside look at how I see the game.”
It’s a great honor to introduce a living legend. Dick Vitale is a colleague but we are also friends who have a long history together. We first met at ESPN 32 years ago. I was starting as a driver and Dick was still a relatively new TV commentator . . . Our relationship has progressed from there and we’ve been great friends ever since.
In terms of his on-air skills, Dick has a special gift. He makes games bigger by his very presence. His energy, passion and love for the game are unrivaled. His vocabulary — as crazy as it may sound at times — has become our vocabulary. The sports fans’ vocabulary. . . Vitale-isms have invaded our thoughts and we simply don’t know a sports world without them. continue reading…
Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love joined Mike & Mike last week as part of ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Finals. On June 6, Love helped co-hosts Mike Golic and Ryan Ruocco — who was filling in for Mike Greenberg — preview Game 1 of the Heat-Spurs series.
In the video above, Love reflected on his rookie debut on ESPN Radio. He had the unique experience of interviewing his new boss Flip Saunders live on the national airwaves. Saunders is the Timberwolves’ new general manager and was recently an NBA analyst for ESPN.
Mike & Mike welcome more NBA star power Wednesday morning when Doug Collins joins the crew. They’ll review tonight’s Game 3 NBA Finals duel between the Heat and the host Spurs airing on ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN (8:30 p.m. ET, NBA KIA Countdown; 9 p.m. game).
“I’m excited to talk about the game I love with two guys I respect greatly,” said Collins, most recently coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. “It’s the best time of the year . . . [with] the NBA Finals, Draft and free agency.”
El domingo, ESPN Deportes Radio NY 1050 AM participó en el Desfile Nacional Puertorriqueño de Nueva York, uno de los eventos culturales más populares en el país que celebra el patrimonio puertorriqueño. La carroza deportiva cruzó toda la ruta del desfile por la 5ta avenida desde la calle 44 hasta la 79 junto al ex Campeón WBA de Peso Mediano Ligero Miguel Cotto, y los comentaristas de ESPN Deportes Radio, quienes saludaron a los fans durante la trayectoria.
El evento fue una oportunidad especial para ESPN Deportes Radio de conectar con los hispanos neoyorquinos en celebración a su cultura. continue reading…
On Sunday, ESPN Deportes Radio NY 1050 AM participated in New York City’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade, one of the most popular cultural events in the country that celebrates Puerto Rican heritage. The station’s sports-themed float traveled the parade route down Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street with former WBA Light Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto and ESPN Deportes Radio commentators greeting fans along the way.
The event provided a special opportunity for ESPN Deportes Radio to connect with Hispanic New Yorkers in celebration of their culture. continue reading…
Berman will be joined by NBC’s Roger Maltbie in the 18th hole booth on Thursday and Friday, and he will host ESPN’s weekend highlights programs. In anticipation of golf’s second major — and one of the most popular events on the annual sports calendar — the Front & Center podcast above features a conversation with Berman about the U.S. Open where he expresses his appreciation for the event and how challenging it is for the world’s top golfers.
Game 3 is Tuesday night in San Antonio (ABC, 9 p.m. ET), and First Take will telecast that morning (10 a.m., ESPN2) from the San Antonio Hard Rock Café before a live audience (fans are encouraged to attend). Champion gave Front Row some perspective on the studio show experience thus far in Miami, where she is reporting on her first NBA Finals since joining ESPN in October.
The future was present on Saturday when Lamont Simpson, a veteran WNBA referee wore a head band camera during Saturday’s ABC telecast of the Phoenix Mercury’s 82-67 win over the host Indiana Fever.
“Overall, the ‘ref cam’ deserves two thumbs up,” said ESPN Associate Operations Producer (WNBA & NBA) Laura Southerland. “My favorite usage was the game’s tip-off. We were able to give our fan a new and fresh point of view that not only enhanced the excitement of a game tip, but put the fan right there at center court, ‘tossing’ the ball in the air as if they were starting the game.” continue reading…
One of the hallmarks of ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup production was the creative use of classical and contemporary indigenous music from South Africa and its neighboring African nations. The music team, led by ESPN Coordinating Director of Music Claude Mitchell, scoured their industry contacts in South Africa to help identify the authentic sounds that mirror the culture and its people.
Going into the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup, ESPN’s FIFA production team, led by Senior Vice President and Executive Producer Jed Drake, plans to replicate its use of music in Brazil in much the same way as in 2010. For the Confederations Cup from June 15–30, ESPN will use music by Brazil’s new generation artist Rogê (Ole Ole) and classical musician Sergio Mendes (Magalenha) — a dress rehearsal for World Cup 2014. continue reading…