Sunday’s Outside the Lines hosted by Bob Ley will provide a comprehensive review of the past five days at Rutgers University and a look ahead for the University as it – and college athletics – move forward after a tumultuous Final Four week. continue reading…
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posted by David Scott on April 7, 2013 12:41 AM
Sunday’s Outside the Lines will re-cap the week at Rutgers; Vitale calls first Final Four game; OTL on SNL
posted by Keri Potts on April 5, 2013 4:18 PM
Authors Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas set for ESPN International TV analysis duties from Final Four in Atlanta
Editor’s note: In the video above, ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas takes you behind the scenes of the ESPN “Car Wash.”
ATLANTA — Basketball analysts Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas have myriad duties this weekend as part of ESPN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the men’s Final Four.
posted by Keri Potts on April 4, 2013 7:32 PM
Conan O’Brien brought his show to Atlanta this week to coincide with the 75th Final Four. In tonight’s final episode from the city (11 p.m. ET, TBS), Conan welcomes Charles Barkley and ESPN’s Dick Vitale to the show. The musical guest is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Vitale also enjoyed some time backstage with one of his boyhood heroes, Hank Aaron. Vitale tweeted he was “honored to be with these two legends (Aaron and Barkley).”
Vitale will call Final Four games this weekend for the first time in his career. He will serve as the analyst on Final Four telecasts from Atlanta, calling a semifinal and the championship for ESPN International.
Front Row will have more behind-the-scenes photos from the show on Friday.
posted by Mike Humes on March 19, 2013 8:00 AM
From the selection room to the green room, Greg Shaheen shares thoughts on his bracket journey to ESPN
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 Hannah Worster on March 16, 2013 11:30 AM
posted by Keri Potts on March 8, 2013 2:00 PM
College GameDay covered by State Farm will attempt its first split-site show for its last stop(s) of the regular-season this Saturday when it rolls into Washington D.C. for Syracuse versus Georgetown (noon, ET on ESPN) and then on to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Saturday Primetime game of Duke versus North Carolina (9 p.m. on ESPN).
Host Rece Davis and analysts Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose and Digger Phelps will be on hand for the dual-location, dual-conference action and will head to Chapel Hill from D.C. after Bilas finishes calling the Orange-Hoyas game with Sean McDonough and Bill Raftery.
GameDay’s 8 p.m. edition will be live from the Dean Dome with the game following immediately after with Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Bilas and Samantha Ponder on the call.
Setting up equipment at two sites and transporting the crew between venues in a matter of hours will be plenty challenging for this live three-hour, morning/evening program. Producer Brett Austin and operations lead Luther Fisher shared some insights with Front Row into how it will all go down Saturday.
Knowing how much is involved with set up at a different site each week, why did you think setting up at two sites would be a good idea?
B.A.: The idea originated from our programming department seeing the schedule had two of the greatest rivalries in all of sports slated for the same day. We were asked if we could pull off shows from two sites in the same day and we jumped on it. GameDay wants to be attached to the biggest games and best venues and this is certainly an opportunity to do something special for our viewers.
What kind of preparation did this endeavor entail? continue reading…
posted by David Scott on March 4, 2013 9:00 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 Gracie Blackburn on February 21, 2013 4:19 PM
Dr. Jerry Punch
“Let’s go to the third member of our team today. . .”
It’s a “throw” like that, from the play-by-play announcer to the sideline reporter, that has become a staple of game coverage on ESPN and throughout the industry.
At ESPN, the roster of sideline reporters is deep, diverse and talented. Whether it’s Lisa Salters on the Monday Night Football sideline, Jeannine Edwards at a college basketball game or Quint Kessenich at a college football game, the network’s sideline patrollers have become the gold standard for sideline reporting, regardless of sport.
With a mix of experienced, familiar faces and up and coming reporters, ESPN is uniquely positioned to develop sideline reporters who add important perspective, information and interviews to game telecasts.
Samantha Ponder has been with ESPN for two years, starting as a reporter at Longhorn Network and then reporting from the sidelines for the Thursday Night College Football game package and debuting on College Football GameDay.
When football season ended, Ponder transitioned to the hardwood working courtside with some of the most recognizable voices in college basketball — Jay Bilas, Dan Dakich, Mike Tirico and Dick Vitale — on the Super Tuesday and Saturday primetime college basketball games.
She will be reporting from courtside at Rupp Arena for Missouri at Kentucky this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Front Row spoke with Ponder to get a recap of her time at ESPN and a look ahead to her bright future.
Is there a sideline reporter mission statement or an ultimate goal regardless of the sport?
Everyone is different. My goal is to give the viewer information they couldn’t get if they weren’t on the sideline. I don’t pre-plan stories. In my opinion, those are best told by the booth, from someone who has more than 20 seconds to explain.
I want to get timely, relevant information from observations on the field/court that a fan at home couldn’t know unless they were right there with me. What is the point of field/court access if it doesn’t provide new insight?
My focus is always injuries first, coach instruction/demeanor/commentary and player communication/demeanor second. Anything else needs to be interesting and not distract from the flow of the game.
What advice have you gotten from other female reporters?
First, I’d like people to know that the vast majority of us get along great and support each other. I’ve had great experiences with other reporters at ESPN. I’ve gotten advice from Shelley Smith about staying true to myself. Jenn Brown and I became friends when I was at LHN and often compare notes on things we experience. Holly Rowe does an amazing job of giving valuable information all while looking like she enjoys her job. It’s such a huge industry now. There’s plenty of room to be yourself and support other people at the same time.
Did you come into ESPN with any goals or expectations?
This all happened very quickly. I’ve said before that I didn’t have cable growing up, so I didn’t get to watch ESPN as a kid. If someone told me I would be covering the Phoenix Suns for my hometown station I would have thought I had the coolest job ever, so doing what I do now is so far beyond my expectations.
My goal is cheesy but I like to keep it simple: I want to do the best with what God gave me and make the people around me feel important along the way. If I ever master that perfectly, I’ll find a new goal.
Did you always want to be a sideline reporter? continue reading…
posted by Rachel Margolis on February 11, 2013 3:43 PM
ESPN was able to capture another historic night on the hardwood when the host, No. 25 Notre Dame topped No. 11 Louisville, 104-101 in five overtimes this past Saturday.
The game ended in regulation tied at 60 before both teams powered through the extra sessions making for 3 hours and 40 minutes of riveting television. ESPN’s Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Samantha Ponder had the call of the Top 25 matchup and the College GameDay presented by State Farm crew of Rece Davis, Jay Bilas and Digger Phelps were also on hand to witness the excitement.
Veteran ESPN producer Phil Dean was in the truck making the critical calls to get the viewers the best possible view from Purcell Pavilion. While Dean was not on-hand for the unforgettable 6 overtime game between Connecticut and Syracuse during the Big East Championship in 2009, he did produce the seven-overtime Arkansas football win over Ole Miss in 2001. So, five overtimes is nothing to him – well, almost nothing!
When a game goes into OT, what normal procedures have to be executed regarding air time, commercials, etc.? What communications are made?
The associate director works with Bristol on commercial breaks but we are very flexible. At the end of this regulation, we made the decision to stay and show a highlight of ND’s Jerian Grant, who scored 12 points in 45 seconds to lead the Irish comeback. The first called timeout of each overtime is a media timeout. Again, we can choose on-site whether or not we want to stay or go based on what had happened in the telecast.
As each additional OT took place, what other concerns come to the forefront? How is your “game plan” altered? continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on February 6, 2013 11:01 AM
Magic Johnson will join Mike Tirico and Dick Vitale to call Indiana-Michigan State game Feb. 19 on ESPN
Two Hall of Famers will come together for one telecast on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
On that day, longtime ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale and ESPN NBA analyst, Magic Johnson, will share the color analyst role for ESPN’s coverage of No. 1 Indiana at No. 12 Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET. Versatile commentator Mike Tirico will take the role of play-by-play alongside the two basketball fanatics.
“From the time I was a high school basketball player in Michigan I was captivated by Coach Vitale’s spirit and passion,” said Johnson. “I’ve been fortunate to have developed a wonderful relationship with him — one which is bonded by our common love of basketball.”