posted by Ben Cafardo on November 15, 2013 3:30 PM
New “KIA NBA Countdown” host Sage Steele (Rich Arden/ESPN Images)
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“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 David Scott on November 4, 2013 9:43 AM
Some of what you may have missed over the weekend and what’s coming up from ESPN:
On Friday’s First Take (10 a.m. ET, daily on ESPN2), ESPN college football analyst Robert Smith had a candid conversation with Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless and Cari Champion about his battle with alcohol addiction in the wake of San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith being reinstated after undergoing rehab for substance abuse.
Bayless is known to speak openly about his parents’ struggles with alcoholism. After many talks with Bayless about his own recovery from alcoholism, Smith made the decision to go on First Take (video above) to offer some insight and advice on what he calls a mental illness. continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on October 19, 2013 7:00 AM
Tonight’s Top 5 showdown – the first such matchup of the season – between No. 5 Florida State and No. 3 Clemson (ABC, 8 p.m. ET) marks College GameDay Built by The Home Depot’s second visit to Clemson this season.
Fans will likely remember the spine-tingling stadium entrance aired prior to the telecast of Clemson’s win over Georgia (above). Well, get ready to be thrilled again, as ABC will bring the chills back in the run up to tonight’s ACC battle.
Front Row asked Senior Coordinating Producer, College Football Ed Placey for his insight into how his team handled – and will handle – the grand entrance of the Tigers, in addition to that of the Seminoles.
How did the Week 1′s Clemson open come about? 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 David Scott on June 17, 2013 9:11 AM
A monster sports weekend converged with Father’s Day 2013 – here’s a look at what people were saying about ESPN the past few days. continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on June 14, 2013 3:15 PM
1. THE BOOTH
2. THE KIA NBA COUNTDOWN CREW
3. INISDE ESPN’S PRODUCTION TRUCK continue reading…
posted by Kristen Hudak on June 6, 2013 6:21 PM
Join the Front Row team as it offers a second screen experience through Storify to go with ABC’s coverage of Game 1 of The NBA Finals.
Things kickoff with tonight’s KIA NBA Countdown (8:30 p.m. ET) on site from Miami and continue with Game 1 (9 p.m. on ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, WatchESPN & ESPN International).
Join in and/or track the social conversation around The Finals. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on May 28, 2013 9:06 AM
A Holiday Weekend edition of the “Weekend Tweetback”: continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on May 18, 2013 10:00 AM
X Games analyst Kevin Robinson. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
BARCELONA, Spain — Kevin Robinson, a 22-year veteran BMX rider, pulls double duty at the X Games. Since 2011, he’s also been an on-air analyst for ESPN.
Injuries have sidelined Robinson, 41, but he is keen on competing at X Games Munich and X Games Los Angeles later this summer. Robinson tells Front Row how he remains a top-flight rider while honing his craft as an analyst for X Games Barcelona, which air across ESPN platforms through tomorrow.
How did you become an X Games commentator? continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on May 15, 2013 2:13 PM
ESPN KIA NBA Countdown analysts Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose appeared on Tosh.O.
On Tuesday night, KIA NBA Countdown analysts Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons traveled to a place few NBA analysts have been: the world of “Tosh.0.”
Simmons and Rose appeared on the popular Comedy Central show to contribute to a “mockumentary” dubbed 30 for 30.0 — a spin on the esteemed ESPN Films series 30 for 30. continue reading…