posted by Mike Humes on May 23, 2013 2:30 PM
ESPN Stats & Information’s Jeremy Mills. (Courtesy of Jeremy Mills)
Perfection is imperative for ESPN researchers responsible for supplying facts and nuggets for use on air or in print. Jeremy Mills from ESPN Stats & Information is seeking perfection in another, more forgiving area: college baseball Bracketology. This is the fifth year he has projected the field of 64 teams in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
Mills’ most recent Bracketology is available on ESPN.com. His final projection of the season will be available Sunday before the official brackets are released Monday at noon ET on ESPNU. He spoke with Front Row about how it all started, the projecting process, fellow bracket generator, Joe Lunardi, and more. continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on March 20, 2013 3:29 PM
ESPN’s Andy Katz with President Barack Obama. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Who says you never get a second chance to make a first impression? A year ago, ESPN features unit manager Denny Wolfe was scheduled to be a producer for President Barack Obama’s now-annual bracket completion exercise with ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz. But a 2012 Selection Sunday hockey game left Wolfe with a concussion and strict orders from his wife and his coordinating producer not to travel. continue reading…
posted by Rachel Siegal on March 19, 2013 11:33 AM
Lya Vallat in the control room. (Photo courtesy of Lya Vallat)
Lya Vallat has produced many shows in her five-plus year career at ESPN, but when ESPN women’s basketball announcers Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli wanted to make their ideas a reality, Vallat had to put her experience to use.
Today, Mowins and Antonelli, along with Cara Capuano, Maria Taylor and Brooke Weisbrod, will take part in the execution of those ideas with a revamped, four-hour ESPNU College Basketball Live: NCAA Women’s Special beginning at 1 p.m. continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on March 19, 2013 8:00 AM
Greg Shaheen was a familiar face on ESPN this past weekend.
Former NCAA Senior Vice President Greg Shaheen, who was the organizer of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for 12 years, spent this past weekend in Bristol, Conn. serving as a “selection committee expert.”
Shaheen’s unique perspective was widely praised across social media, as these Tweets confirm: continue reading…
posted by David Scott on March 18, 2013 9:06 AM
Front Row knows you have better things to do all weekend than check your social media feeds, so we do it for you.
Here, from the ESPN PR universe, are some of the Tweets, posts and other commentary you may have missed.
You can thank us later!
posted by Mike Humes on March 14, 2013 8:00 AM
Greg Shaheen, the organizer of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for 12 years until 2012, will join ESPN for this weekend’s coverage of Championship Week and Selection Sunday.
Shaheen will provide insight from his experiences of being “in the room” with past selection committees for ESPN’s Bracketology, SportsCenter, halftime studio segments, ESPN Radio and ESPN.com. Shaheen spoke with Front Row about what he will offer, who he is most looking forward to working with and more.
How will your experience enhance ESPN’s coverage?
I view this as an opportunity to bring perspective on what hasn’t been widely understood about selection weekend. There is a lot more to the process than most people know and the experience in the room is unlike anything I suspect I’ll experience for the rest of my life.
Understanding where the committee likely is in the process, the impact of games just completed, in-progress and on-deck (oops, wrong sport) should allow the on-air discussion to take on a different fee — that’s the perspective I hope to contribute toward this weekend.
How much college basketball have you watched this season? Any particular moments or performances stand out? continue reading…