posted by Kristie Chong-Adler on December 4, 2013 12:55 PM
A screen grab of ESPN.com’s story package on NHL fighting. (ESPN)
ESPN.com launches a two-day series today that takes an in-depth look at fighting in the NHL. The comprehensive package of stories covers a variety of perspectives and opinions on the topic from current and former hockey players to ESPN experts and analysts, as well as fans. ESPN.com deputy editor Paul Grant spoke to Front Row about how the package came together.
What prompted ESPN.com to dive deeper into this issue? continue reading…
posted by David Scott on December 3, 2013 2:30 PM
EDITOR’S NOTE: After this post was published, it was determined that Ron Burgundy’s appearance would not take place.
This statement was issued on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 8:20 p.m. ET:
Ron Burgundy’s scheduled Thurs. appearance on @SportsCenter has been cancelled in light of the potential implications of any news from the State Attorney’s press conference in Fla.
As of this time, there is no rescheduled date for Burgundy on SportsCenter.
As if there weren’t enough reason to watch Thursday’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter – a huge weekend of college football and NFL games on the horizon – the show’s anchor desk will include two “characters,” in every sense of the word.
“When the opportunity presents itself to have the quintessential ‘Anchorman’ guest host SportsCenter,” said Jack Obringer, senior coordinating producer for the show, “you take advantage of it. I don’t know how to put this. . . but he’s kind of a big deal.”
So, in addition to regular anchors John Anderson and Lindsay Czarniak, the SC studio will welcome KVWN Channel Four News anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and the station’s sportscaster, Champ Kind (David Koechner). continue reading…
posted by Carrie Kreiswirth on November 27, 2013 12:00 PM
The cover of the new “One Day, One Game” issue of ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine’s “One Day, One Game” Issue, which hits newsstands Friday, provides 360-degree coverage of the Nov. 17 showdown between AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. The host Broncos handed the Chiefs their first loss of the season, 27-17.
Included in the issue – and on-line – is a powerful package on Thunder, a white Arabian gelding, known for punctuating Denver touchdowns with jaunts around Sports Authority Field at Mile High. After a Broncos’ 52-20 home rout of the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 29, quarterback Peyton Manning said, “Might have to give ol’ Thunder an IV after this one.”
Front Row spoke with ESPN The Magazine’s Rebecca Nordquist, general editor, who coordinated the piece on Thunder.
How did the concept to include Thunder come about? continue reading…
posted by Bill Hofheimer on November 25, 2013 5:15 PM
The cover of the new “1 Day 1 Game” issue of ESPN The Magazine
While coach Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers – the defending NFC champions – face the Washington Redskins tonight in a key Monday Night Football matchup (8:25 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN), brother John Harbaugh will be hard at work getting his Baltimore Ravens ready for their Thanksgiving night game against Pittsburgh.
Even in a holiday week, NFL coaches spend a majority of the 168 hours (or fewer) studying film, conducting meetings and scouting opponents, but exactly how much time?
The new “1 Day 1 Game” issue of ESPN The Magazine, on newsstands Friday, helps answer that question thanks to a detailed journal documenting a week in the life of Super Bowl-winning head coach John Harbaugh.
Senior writer Kevin Van Valkenburg discussed the project and how his relationship with Harbaugh helped lead to the coach’s participation.
How long has this story been in the works? continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on November 2, 2013 9:40 AM
In the 2012 meeting between Missouri and Tennessee, the Tigers won 51-48 in four overtimes.
(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy makes it a point to call a few events on the road every year. Tonight he’s in Columbia, Mo., for the SEC duel featuring Tennessee at No. 9 Missouri (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET), his first college football assignment of the season. He’ll be joined in Memorial Stadium by analyst Brian Griese and sideline reporter Tom Luginbill.
Levy is no stranger to college football booths: From 1999-2002, he was the play-by-play voice for games on ESPN2. He spoke to Front Row about the lure of describing live action.
What draws you to continue to work play-by-play on a few events each year?
I really enjoy play-by-play. I love the feel of the energy from the crowds and being in a part of the country that I might not have seen before. I love being in the middle of the action where I can continue to keep my perspective of how difficult it is to play these sports. Play-by-play and anchoring are on such opposite ends of the spectrum. I’m going to do a three-and-a-half-hour telecast and totally invest my energy into these two teams that will end up being about 90-seconds on SportsCenter. I firmly believe getting on the road once or twice a year helps me be a better SportsCenter anchor.
What is the best part of doing SportsCenter to you? continue reading…
posted by Sheldon Spencer on November 1, 2013 9:16 AM
The College Hoops Tip-Off Issue
cover featuring Andrew Wiggins (ESPN)
Freshman Andrew Wiggins’ collegiate basketball playing career is just beginning this month at Kansas, but the Canadian’s hoops star’s future seems like a foregone conclusion. The subtitle of “ESPN The Magazine’s College Tip-Off Issue,” on newsstands today, reads: “Or let’s just call it what it is: The 2014 NBA Draft Preview Featuring Kansas Phenom Andrew Wiggins.”
Elena Bergeron, staff writer for The Mag, wrote the cover story profiling Wiggins, also available now on ESPN.com. Bergeron and Jennifer Holmes, a Mag senior editor, tell Front Row how this feature and issue came together.
How much access did you get to Wiggins? continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on October 3, 2013 4:00 PM
Producer Mike O’Connor goes from being inspired to compassionate, his speech goes from staccato to measured when talking about his upcoming Sunday NFL Countdown and E:60 piece focusing on former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason.
“To meet Steve, and see how he relates to his almost-two-year-old son Rivers, stirs up a lot of emotions,” O’Connor said. “It’s equal part inspiring – he’s awesome – and equal part gut-wrenching. Doctors say he is going to die.” continue reading…
posted by David Scott on October 2, 2013 11:00 AM
ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and his brother, Steve Fainaru, will appear across ESPN today to discuss their forthcoming book, League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth, which releases next Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The brothers are scheduled to join Bob Ley during today’s 11 a.m. ET SportsCenter and will also be on the 4:30 p.m. Outside the Lines with Ley. An excerpt from the book will post later this morning on ESPN.com and Oct. 14′s “The Bay Area” issue of ESPN The Magazine will contain the same book excerpt (on newsstands Friday). Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Don Van Natta, Jr. will write a story regarding the book for ESPN.com. Colin Cowherd will have the brothers as guests on his radio show at approximately Noon ET today and the duo will also take part in an ESPN.com chat beginning at 1 p.m. continue reading…
posted by Stephen McDonald on September 13, 2013 8:00 AM
As you know, ESPN Fan Central is the fans’ answer source, sounding board and ESPN encyclopedia. While we’ve answered your questions about ESPN over the past year in Fan Central Mailbag columns, we haven’t shown you what life in Bristol is really like — until now.
Over the next few months, Fan Central will be posting a series of tour videos here on Front Row that will take you, the fans, behind ESPN’s walls. We’ll show you what life in Bristol is really like and what makes ESPN’s campus – and satellite offices – such unique places to work.
Our first stop takes us through the offices of ESPN the Magazine. In the video above, we take you inside and show you what working for ESPN The Magazine is like. So sit back, relax and enjoy the tour!
Remember, for fan service, be sure to follow @ESPN_FanCentral on Twitter, like our Facebook page and/or e-mail FanCentral@espn.com.
Video produced by Stephen McDonald and Ariel Bond
posted by Amanda DeCastro on September 4, 2013 1:00 PM
ESPN’s Colin Cowherd will put his unique take on football and irreverent view of life on full display beginning this Sunday on Colin’s New Football Show (9 a.m. ET, ESPN2).
“Colin’s New Football Show will be entirely from Colin’s perspective,” said Jamie Horowitz, vice president, Original Programming and Production. “It’s a cool and alternative pregame show with Colin, a football outsider on the inside, letting fans know the key stories of the day in his own style.” continue reading…