Tagged: ‘Chris Broussard’
posted by David Scott on November 7, 2013 2:30 PM
posted by Ben Cafardo on April 5, 2013 8:00 AM
If the term “five-tool player” was used to describe sports journalists, ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney would be one of them.
The reporting-face of ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage, and a 10-year veteran at the company, Olney can be seen on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, heard on his new podcast Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney, and read on ESPN.com and in the pages of ESPN The Magazine. continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on February 20, 2013 4:00 PM
ESPN2 will telecast a live NBA Trade Deadline Special on Thursday (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN).
Anchor Kevin Connors (@kevconnorsespn) will host with analysts Flip Saunders (@Flip_Saunders), Tom Penn (@1tompenn) and ESPN NBA Insider Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard). (See the Twitter feed to the right for updates from ESPN NBA experts as Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline approaches.)
Front Row caught up with Saunders, who joined ESPN in October after 16 seasons as an NBA head coach, to discuss, among other topics, this season’s trade market, his deadline day memories and his transition from coach to analyst.
What has the transition from NBA head coach to ESPN NBA analyst been like?
It’s been nothing but a positive experience. Whether it’s been other analysts, anchors or production colleagues, everyone has been helpful. As a coach, you’re always focused on your team, but you don’t look at the league as a whole. Now I get to study the entire league. It’s fun, but it’s a lot of work. It’s given me such a great appreciation for the work and preparation our on-air talent puts in.
As an NBA head coach, what is the trade deadline day like? Any deadline day memories? continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on February 14, 2013 9:07 AM
ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo plans to school the skeptics with his play in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo (SVP & Russillo) is enjoying a terrific stretch at ESPN.
From signing a long-term extension with the network to becoming one of ESPN Radio’s resident NBA experts, Russillo is emerging as a go-to voice.
Now, Russillo has another opportunity to make a name for himself — at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game this Friday in Houston (7 p.m. ET, ESPN, WatchESPN).
Russillo, along with fellow ESPN NBA analyst Bruce Bowen, will participate in the game. The game includes stars from film, television, music, radio, politics and sports.
Russillo has studied his teammates and opponents. In the video above, he offers a few words for his ESPN colleagues who set the over/under on his point total at five.
In the video below, Russillo’s ESPN Radio co-host Scott Van Pelt and ESPN NBA analyst and Basketball Hall Of Fame member Chris Mullin delivered the news that Russillo was chosen to participate in the celebrity game.
Video produced by Ariel Bond
posted by Kristen Hudak on February 4, 2013 3:45 PM
Today, ESPN begins a two-week tribute honoring NBA legend Michael Jordan leading up to his 50th birthday on Sunday, Feb. 17.
The multiplatform celebration includes vignettes on SportsCenter remembering Jordan’s legacy, a robust slate of Jordan’s greatest performances on ESPN Classic and SportsCenter’s Top 50 Jordan highlights with fan participation determining the Top 10.
Among the notable figures contributing to the project are NBA Commissioner David Stern, NBA All-Stars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul, Basketball Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Bobby Knight and Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist COMMON.
To light the first candle on the Jordan birthday cake, Front Row asked our NBA commentators, analysts and reporters one important question: If you could get Michael Jordan anything for his birthday, what would it be?
The ideas for the North Carolina grad, Chicago Bulls’ six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Bobcats chairman are both insightful and amusing.
What do you get the greatest player to play in the NBA for his birthday, especially when he has all he wants? I decided to give Michael a Birthday Basket which includes the following:
• Two season tickets to the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball games
• A Duke, home jersey, No. 23
• A year’s supply of Powerade
• And, if it existed, a signed copy of former Chicago Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause’s book How Management Wins NBA Championships Year After Year, with a foreword by Phil Jackson.
If I could give Michael Jordan anything for his 50th birthday, I would give him back the game, Dec. 23, 1988, when I hit a buzzer beating shot over him and his Chicago Bulls for the expansion Charlotte Hornets. I’m sure that loss has haunted him his entire career.
Tom Penn: continue reading…
posted by Nate Smeltz on February 7, 2012 7:30 AM
Kia NBA Countdown, the NBA pregame show airing on both ESPN and ABC, has introduced several new elements this season.
Previously taped in Bristol, Conn., the show now originates from the ESPN Los Angeles Production Center at L.A. Live — across the street from STAPLES Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.
Kia NBA Countdown also benefits from an expanded role for Hall of Famer Earvin (Magic) Johnson — joining Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Chris Broussard — throughout the entire season.
The show’s evolution has included changes to the format as well, now sporting a more lively roundtable structure with strong opinions, discussion and debate.
ESPN Front Row recently visited L.A. to capture a typical day in the life of the NBA studio experience (see video as well).
Typically a week-long process, the development of each show begins with a rundown, a loose depiction of the topics to be covered within the 30-minute episode. The rundown is constantly updated to reflect feedback from the analysts, along with breaking news and other storylines as they unfold throughout the week.
Several hours before the show, producers meet with the commentators to discuss each segment in fine detail. With everyone on the same page, the analysts depart for makeup and then to the set for rehearsal.
At the conclusion of the pregame show, the crew returns to the conference room – with numerous monitors tuned to NBA action – to watch all the games.
On this particular evening, there is some friendly banter over Jon‘s inclusion of Orlando’s Ryan Anderson as one of his top five power forwards in the game and a quick bite to eat before returning to the set for the halftime show.
Immediately after the last halftime segment, it’s back to the conference room for more NBA viewing. It’s a basketball fan’s dream to hear Magic, “JB,” Michael and Chris talk hoops and to witness their passion for the game.
Fortunately, the night is still young.
posted by Sheldon Spencer on December 23, 2011 4:30 PM
Before we review the week on Front Row, here are a few programming reminders:
DVR alert: The Haney Project: Herm Edwards airs tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel as ESPN’s resident coach and NFL analyst visits professional golf instructor Hank Haney to fix the signature “butterfade” in his game.
Edwards and Haney filmed the episode over two days in early December at Tehama Golf Course in Carmel, Calif. Edwards talks about the experience:
“I love the game of golf. I picked it up later in life but I’ve never really had a lesson. You do what you can to be competitive but it’s tough.
“I met Hank through Charles Barkley in Tahoe and we have developed a friendship. He’s a football fan — he loves the Cowboys — and we share a lot of stories about football and about golf. We also get along really well because he’s a coach and I was a coach.
“Working with Hank, he kept it simple and just gave me a few trigger points to work on with my game. He’s been all over the world and worked with so many of the best golfers, like Tiger Woods and others. It was a great opportunity. His biggest thing was, ‘if you don’t practice, you can’t get better.’ I play about 20 rounds a year, and about eight of those are in tournaments, so it was good advice.”
No doubt Edwards is less of a challenge for Haney than, say, Barkley.
USA Today hails the one-night return of NFL PrimeTime (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET), Chris Berman and Tom Jackson‘s wrapup of the 13-game Christmas Eve NFL schedule.
Christmas Day, ABC and ESPN each will feature doubleheaders to tip off the start of the NBA season.
While we are in the middle of college football bowl season, “Trevor Claus,” – ESPN college football analyst Trevor Matich –issues presents to teams who are in need of some help. Check out the video above: The gift to Florida would make an ideal stocking stuffer.
On Front Row this week:
* Kia NBA Countdown is now being produced on the West Coast. Magic Johnson, Michael Wilbon, Jon Barry and Chris Broussard will team up from the ESPN production facility in Los Angeles.
* The season finale for Monday Night Football features an NFC South battle as the Atlanta Falcons visit the New Orleans Saints. The MNF open next week will feature TVLand’s Betty White. Come back to Front Row on Tuesday to see the open.
* Our Scott Van Pelt was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday. We took a field trip to Ed Sullivan Theater to see how he enjoyed his experience. Some of his colleagues offered their advice before he headed to New York City.
* Candlestick Park was home to Monday Night Football this past week as the Pittsburgh Steelers visited the San Francisco 49ers. The game was delayed twice due to blackouts. Front Row went behind-the-scenes to find out how our remote production crew handled the situation.
posted by Danny Chi on December 22, 2011 10:59 AM
LOS ANGELES — The NBA is back on Christmas Day, ESPN and ABC’s NBA pregame show is moving to the West Coast, and our Los Angeles Production Facility (LAPC) is ready, willing and more than able to help.
Kia NBA Countdown, the pregame show airing on both ESPN and ABC, will originate from ESPN’s LAPC at L.A. Live.
Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson will join Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Chris Broussard throughout the entire season.
Front Row sat down with Judi Cordray, vice president and general manager in charge of ESPN’s LAPC, for a quick chat about the show’s arrival as well as other happenings at the facility.
Front Row: How long has the team at the Los Angeles Production Center (LAPC) been preparing for the arrival of Kia NBA Countdown?
Judi Cordray: We have been discussing the possibility of doing the show from Los Angeles for several months now. Once the decision was made, it was a matter of set design, staffing, and of course, the big question of whether we’d even have an NBA season this year.
FR: Will the studio space be devoted exclusively to Kia NBA Countdown?
JC: The studio space will be shared with our other regular productions. Our two daily anchor productions are SportsCenter and Nación ESPN.
FR: In addition to Kia NBA Countdown, what other shows, productions and content are produced out of the LAPC these days?
JC: Well, since we officially opened the facility in early April 2009, we’ve been responsible for helping produce a significant amount of programming and content spanning across our linear, radio and digital platforms, including: SportsCenter (1 a.m. ET), Nación ESPN on Deportes and Dos Network, Audibles, The Next Round, Grantland Podcast, Winners Bracket as part of ESPN Sports Saturday on ABC, Lakers: The Triangle Forum for ESPNLA.com, a number or promotional shoots for various shows — most recently college football and The Muppets movie promo — and bureau cam shoots for Around The Horn, PTI, Press Pass, Deportes’ Cronometro, Juego Cruzado, Golpe a Golpe, Jore Ramos Y su Banda and many others.
FR: What do you envision as some of the benefits of producing Kia NBA Countdown from Los Angeles? continue reading…