When taping begins for an episode of ESPN2’s Highly Questionable, the chances are good that a lot of laughter will emanate from the studio in Miami and the control room in Washington, D.C.
“There’s no show which I’ve ever worked where we laugh more,” said Erik Rydholm, executive producer. “And I don’t know that it always translates because some of it is we’re laughing at mistakes and laughing at people getting things wrong and so eventually that stuff doesn’t even make air.” continue reading…
Highly Questionable, which airs at 4 p.m. ET daily and has seen a 38 percent jump in ratings since Jones joined full time in May, is actually created in two places that are more than 1,000 miles apart. The set for Papi’s kitchen is located in a TV production facility in Miami, while Rydholm and the show’s other producers and editors are based in Washington, D.C. continue reading…
Sports network with the highest production values: ESPN 28.9%
They are basically the same 17.5%
Network that does the best job covering the NFL: ESPN 26.7%
NFL Network 13.0%
Favorite sports-related mobile app: ESPN ScoreCenter 25.6%
MLB.com At Bat 18.0% WatchESPN 10.5%
CBS Sports Mobile 9.0%
TV network that has been the most innovative in the deployment of its live content on digital platforms: ESPN 46.1%
MLB Network 13.3%
CBS Sports 11.0%
NBC Sports Group 9.2%
Fox Sports Group 7.1%
Afternoon studio program you watch the most: “Pardon the Interruption” 37.9%
“Around the Horn” 8.2%
“The Jim Rome Show” 6.5%
“Fox Football Daily” 2.1%
“Pro Football Talk” 1.3%
“Crowd Goes Wild” 0.5%
Don’t watch any 43.4%
Family of networks best positioned to help leagues and sponsors reach Hispanic males:
Univision Deportes 39.0% ESPN 25.9%
NBC Universal 11.3%
Most influential person in sports business:
Roger Goodell 38.1% John Skipper 16.6%
Bud Selig 7.9%
David Stern 5.8%
Sean McManus 5.5%
In its quest to serve sports fans, ESPN strives to be the cross-platform industry leader. A new poll of more than 1,700 Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily readers confirms the company’s position as the pacesetter among its peers.
“ESPN easily garnered the most votes when readers were asked to select the network that has been the most innovative in deploying live content on digital platforms,” the publication concluded.
ESPN netted more than 46 percent of the vote in that category, more than the next four entities combined. Nearly 29 percent of the readers surveyed consider ESPN to have the highest production values, better than any of the other sports television networks listed. continue reading…
Reaching new frontiers has always been the mindset at ESPN. Hence, the network is working with NASA to supply an automated feed of content to astronauts living and working at the International Space Station. That effort reached a new level this week when astronaut and former U.S. Navy Seal Chris Cassidy read an introduction of SportsCenter’s “Top 10 Plays” from space.
“ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans any time, anywhere,’’ said Todd Myers, director Programming & Acquisitions. “Now we have the opportunity to serve sports fans in space – the final frontier if you will. It’s really out of this world that we’re able to do this.” continue reading…
ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming Norby Williamson will play a key role in Keith Olbermann’snew chapter at ESPN. The August 26 launch of the new late-night series, Olbermann (ESPN2, weekdays, 11 p.m. ET), marks Williamson’s reunion with the former SportsCenter anchor. In fact, when Olbermann joined the company in 1992, Williamson was his first SportsCenter producer. Front Row caught up with the programming executive to discuss this new initiative and reflect on those past SportsCenter days.
“We love to acknowledge the shows we love,” Reali said.
Reali and the ATH crew were showing the love again on Friday, March 29 when they paid tribute to the third season debut of HBO’s popular Game Of Thrones series. As seen in the video above – which took about eight weeks from concept to completion – the show’s panelists and Reali own keys to the kingdom in what they affectionately dubbed Game Of Horns. Reali discussed the show’s latest creative effort with Front Row. continue reading…
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 new Fan Central Facebook page. You can also e-mail questions to FanCentral@espn.com.
Before we get to the latest mailbag questions, let’s first address some programming news. This Sunday night’s 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC) game between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will be simulcast in Spanish on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET. There will be another Spanish-language WBC simulcast on ESPN2 Tuesday, March 12, at 1 p.m. The Spanish-language simulcasts are part of the exclusive Spanish-language, live coverage of all 39 WBC games on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+.
We realize some fans are curious about the decision to have Spanish-language simulcasts on ESPN and ESPN2, so we spoke with Executive Vice President, Programming & Acquisitions Norby Williamson about the offering.
“The World Baseball Classic provides a great showcase of how ESPN’s resources can document a global event with strong multi-cultural appeal,” Williamson said. “Having the exclusive Spanish-language rights to all 39 WBC games on Deportes and Deportes+ for both the 2013 and 2017 events provides us with unique opportunities to serve fans across our television, audio and digital properties. The upcoming simulcasts are the latest examples.”
Two other quick baseball-related notes: First, ESPN’s first spring training game of the 2013 season takes place this Monday at 1 p.m. when the St. Louis Cardinals visit the New York Yankees (Full Spring Training schedule). Second, for those on Twitter, you now can get all your ESPN baseball news, updates and insight by following @BBTN.
The New England Patriots and the Houston Texans will meet for an AFC divisional playoff game Sunday, 4:30 P.M. ET at Gillette Stadium. Quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots are favored to win the game; the last time the teams met they defeated the Texans 42-14. But don’t despair, Texans fans.
In the video above, Numbers Never Lie hosts Michael Smith, Hugh Douglas and Jalen Rose explain why the Texans may have a chance to win.
ESPN’s divisional playoff coverage will feature two editions of Sunday NFL Countdown — a two-hour special Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. ET, and the regular three-hour edition Sunday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m.
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row
• The latest “This Is SportsCenter” segment stars anchors Chris McKendry, Stuart Scott, the Boston College Eagle and the Temple Owl mascots. Watch the ad and see how it came about.
• Between wrapping up his College GameDay season and preparing for the Australian Open, Chris Fowler describes what’s it’s like to make such a quick transition “from sport to sport, role to role, winter to summer and North America to Down Under.”
• ESPN’s Talent Department recruits, manages, coaches and retains more than 1,000 commentators. A sampling of the hundreds of ESPN contract renewals and/or new signings of 2012 can be found here.
• You’ve seen him on Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn, but ESPN.com columnist J.A. Adande also works as an educator in USC’s journalism department. He shares more about his role as an educator in this Front & Center podcast.
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.
J.A. Adande wears many hats at ESPN — he’s an ESPN.com senior writer, an Around the Horn panelist and sometimes host of Pardon the Interruption. Perhaps not as well known is that Adande has another title to his name: educator. Since 2004, Adande has taught at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He serves as an adjunct professor, teaching Sports Commentary to undergraduate and graduate students (including this Front Row contributor).
An alumnus of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Adande brings lessons from his own schooling and his experience at ESPN to his students, even running them through mock PTI and ATH exercises to demonstrate that being on camera isn’t as easy as he and his co-panelists make it look.
Front Row recently sat down with Adande to talk with him about his experiences in the classroom, his thoughts on education and how ESPN factors into his lessons.