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posted by Hannah Worster on June 24, 2013 3:17 PM
posted by Mike Humes on June 7, 2013 4:00 PM
ESPN reporters Kaylee Hartung and Jessica Mendoza share their thoughts heading into baseball Super Regionals
ESPN reporters Kaylee Hartung and Jessica Mendoza will pull double-duty on the network’s NCAA Division Baseball Championship coverage. Each will work on the sidelines of a Super Regionals site this weekend before sharing the reporter role on College World Series telecasts (June 15-26).
Front Row asked Hartung — a Longhorn Network reporter — and Mendoza — who also works as an ESPN college softball analyst — about job challenges, a dream interview, playing sports and more.
What are some challenges you face as a sideline reporter? continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on June 1, 2013 10:10 AM
ESPN’s complete coverage of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship began Friday with all 16 sites of the Regionals for the first time. Following the Regionals, which conclude on Monday, ESPN will carry every Super Regional and College World Series game.
ESPN also will launch Bases Loaded for the Regionals, a four-day platform providing unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous games, plus up-to-the-minute commentary from ESPN analysts each day of the Regionals. Bases Loaded will be available today from 2 p.m. ET to midnight; Sunday from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight. ESPN3 will carry the service in its entirety while ESPNU and ESPN2 will simulcast at select times, including between games, during rain delays and when time permits.
A by-the-numbers look at the plan to cover the Regionals: continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on April 29, 2013 4:45 PM
ESPN expands NCAA College Baseball Championships coverage to all 16 regional sites, launches Bases Loaded platform
ESPN continues to expand on its commitment to college baseball, increasing its regular-season schedule to a record 272 games and covering all 16 Regionals sites of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship for the first time this spring. The potential 112 first-round matchups from May 31 to June 3 is an increase over the six sites in 2012, four in 2011 and two the previous six years ESPN offered.
ESPN also will launch the Bases Loaded platform — similar to ESPN Goal Line and Buzzer Beater for college football and basketball — to provide unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous games and up-to-the-minute commentary from ESPN experts over the four days (Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, from 2 p.m. ET to midnight; Sunday, June 2, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Monday, June 3, from 6 p.m. to midnight). continue reading…
posted by Ryan Grace on June 24, 2012 11:30 AM
In the video above Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to a crowd on the topic of ESPN’s “International Efforts to Empower Women and Girls through Sports.” ESPN, Inc. president John Skipper was in attendance for the presentation held at the Treaty Room in the White House.
Clinton said, “We at the State Department believe in the power of sports to bring people together across barriers of all kinds — national barriers, language, cultural, racial barriers and increasingly across the divide of gender.”
Skipper and ESPN have put forward a strong effort to support women’s athletics as noted by ESPN’s launch of espnW, the company’s showing of the NCAA Women’s Championships in basketball, softball and volleyball and its 24-hour programming yesterday for the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
Without further ado, let’s review the week on Front Row:
• Tonight’s Sunday Night Baseball features what is expected to be as good a regular season contest as any fan could request. Orel Hershiser has special insight into it.
•ABC captured the rich NBA Finals history and merged the past and present in the “open” that was used to begin each NBA Finals telecast. The Finals ended Thursday night with the Heat defeating the Thunder.
posted by Mike Humes on June 22, 2012 4:30 PM
If you hear a fan crunch on a nacho or an outfielder snap his gum during a College World Series telecast, don’t worry, it was planned that way.
In fact, it’s a goal of ESPN’s production crew to pick up as much of the ambience, atmosphere and action from the event as possible. So much so that the audio technicians have placed nearly 100 microphones in and around TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
“We are using almost 100 sound microphones, and that doesn’t include the ones our announcers and field reporters use,” said Tom McNeeley, ESPN’s coordinating producer who is overseeing the College World Series. “We’ve fitted every umpire with a microphone, have sound effects microphones buried in the outside wall, warning track and foul polls, ones in each dugout, bullpens and many buried in the dirt around each base and the pitching mound.”
High definition coverage gives viewers a crisp and clean picture of the action, but the mass of microphones around the stadium allows them to feel the environment.
“With all of the microphones, we pick up a lot of nice ambient sounds from around the park that we televise live and other times on a short delay,” said McNeeley. “We are careful not to embarrass anyone with the sound, our goal is take the viewer inside the game as much as possible and the microphones enhance that experience.”
In addition to capturing sounds for the telecast, McNeeley and the crew take all the sounds recorded throughout the day — such as a player grinding around the bases or making a catch against the wall, the unique sound of the ball coming off the bat, the conversation between a manager and umpire — and compile them into a regular 30-second segment called the ‘Sounds of Omaha’.
“With a lot of events, we are only there for that one event,” McNeeley said. “Being at the same stadium for 10 days to televise up to 17 games allows us to best utilize all of the equipment we have on hand. The stadium developers were fantastic as well. We worked with them when they were building the stadium on where we could put microphones and where we could bury cabling that we wouldn’t have to tear up every year.”
posted by Mike Humes on June 18, 2012 3:24 PM
ESPN College World Series analyst Kyle Peterson won’t have to dig too deep for a personal recollection on the excitement and importance of Omaha’s annual late Spring event during his upcoming telecasts.
He not only played in two CWS events with Stanford, but he’s an Omaha native who attended games with his family throughout his childhood.
“I went to every game I could from the time I was a baby,” said Peterson.
“If I wasn’t playing baseball, I was at Rosenblatt [Stadium, the former home of the event] from start to finish of the CWS. Our seats were five rows up from the field in between home plate and first base. I remember hanging over the dugout getting autographs.
“I still have a lot of the memorabilia — a 1986 program full of signatures, a hat signed by a Wichita State player from 20 years ago and so many more,” he said. “And now I am sharing all of it with my young son. He looks forward to this event every year just like I did.”
Peterson, a Stanford pitcher who played in the 1995 and 1997 College World Series and was drafted 13th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1997, has worked on ESPN’s coverage of the College World Series since 2005. He continues this year’s assignments tonight at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 for Florida vs. Kent State. He will work up to seven games over the next eight days, at various times working in the booth with Mike Patrick, Karl Ravech, Jon Sciambi and Orel Hershiser. Both Jenn Brown and Jessica Mendoza work sidelines for the CWS.
Despite playing in the round-robin tournament twice, Peterson didn’t experience the mound celebration symbolic of so many title-winning teams. But he still walked away with lifelong memories, including one of the most noteworthy of his baseball career. continue reading…
posted by Stephen McDonald on August 19, 2011 8:34 AM
O.A.R. (short for Of A Revolution, Twitter handle @ofarevolution ) has provided music for ESPN’s coverage of the College Baseball World Series for a number of years. Some song titles include Wonderful Day, One Shot, and This Town.
This fall, O.A.R. will provide many of the tracks heard during ESPN’s presentation of college football.
Providing music for ESPN’s college platforms is something the band really enjoys.
The band members are huge sports fans. All attended The Ohio State University and are huge Buckeye fans.
I recently caught up with Jerry DePizzo, saxophone and guitar player for O.A.R., and asked him what it’s like working with ESPN, his thoughts on Ohio State’s recent football controversy and much more.
FR: You guys are big sports fans and were the College World Series artist for a number of years and are going to be involved with ESPN’s music during the college football season. What’s it like having your music featured on ESPN?
JD: It’s been a great experience for me. Personally, the only thing I watch and listen to is ESPN programming and sports radio. I’m a big sports fan and love what ESPN does. It’s great to hear our music used in conjunction with sports, because it’s something I feel really passionately about. Sports and music are my two real passions in life. With the College World Series and College Football programming, that’s our audience and core demographic. It’s great to have that kind of exposure; it’s a great opportunity for us. continue reading…
posted by Sheldon Spencer on June 29, 2011 11:00 AM
Ed Durso knows that his name might not resonate with most sports fans, even those fanatic about college baseball.
“For the trivia question, ‘Which ESPN employees played in the College World Series?’, most people probably would not guess my name,” said Durso, the company’s Executive Vice President, Administration.
“They’d figure out [ESPN analyst and former Minnesota Gophers star Dave] Winfield right away.”
Recently, Front Row featured a post on ESPN Associate Producer Seth Miller, who had his star turn in the 2002 CWS as a Clemson Tiger. And as detailed in that post, Miller is one of several ESPN employees with Omaha playing experience.
In 1973 and ’74, Durso helped power Harvard to consecutive CWS appearances. The Crimson lost to national powers USC and Miami, respectively.
Durso, an All-Ivy League shortstop, cherishes the chances he had to compete for a national title.
Durso joined ESPN in 1989 as senior vice president/general counsel after spending 10 years working in the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Former commissioner Peter Ueberroth once championed Durso as an ideal candidate for the job.
As South Carolina beat Florida for the 2011 CWS title, Durso spoke to Front Row about his memories of those Harvard teams, his skills as a shortstop, and his ESPN career.
FR: What are your prime memories of playing in the College World Series? continue reading…
posted by Tom LeBeau on June 27, 2011 4:00 PM
Photos from the past and present
Editor’s note: ESPN’s Tom LeBeau is in his fourth year helping schedule the network’s CWS coverage. He provides the photos above and the perspective below.
Growing up, I had a favorite green hooded sweatshirt.
It was cozy, broken-in and even though it started getting worn around the edges, I absolutely loved it.
Unfortunately, there came the day when I realized that the sweatshirt’s “character” was becoming more of a drawback than a style statement. Such was the case for Omaha’s beloved Rosenblatt Stadium. continue reading…