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!
“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…
ESPN’s reporting on the effects of concussions on athletes goes back several years and was on display as recently as Tuesday when Outside the Lines re-aired its Sunday piece on Dr. Elliott Pellman, the former New York Jets team doctor who has been a central figure in the NFL’s concussion crisis. It was reported for OTL by Steve Fainaru and John Barr.
Here, is a partial compilation of some of the reporting ESPN has done – and will continue to do – cross-platform:
ESPN The Magazine
June 26, 2013: People Have a Hard Time Believing I’d Do it All Again By Tim Keown
A profile of former NFL special teamer Steve Hendrickson, who is in his late 40s and suffering from memory loss and symptoms of head trauma. Hendrickson was a high school star in Napa, where Keown grew up and played football as well. Through Hendrickson’s story, they both examine the value of letting their high-school aged kids play the game.
For 13 NFL seasons, Jeff Saturday and Peyton Manning were virtually inseparable as the center-quarterback duo for the Indianapolis Colts.
While Manning is just beginning his second season with the Denver Broncos, Saturday — who played last season with the Green Bay Packers before retiring from the NFL — is a newly minted ESPN analyst.
Earlier this week, as a guest on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, Saturday was asked to weigh in on a number of recent stories, including the NFL’s updated unsportsmanlike conduct rules; the possibility that Saturday would return to the field this season; and the Manning brothers’ hilarious music video for Direct TV. continue reading…
ESPN The Magazine’s 2013 College Football Preview issue hits newsstands Friday. The issue boasts profiles — also published on ESPN.com — of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and possible Heisman successor Jadeveon Clowney.
It also features The Mag’s annual player poll, “College Football Confidential”. Staff members Morty Ain, Ben Arledge, Carl Carchia, Hallie Grossman and Anna Katherine Clemmons interviewed 92 college football players about a broad array of subjects: playing with gay teammates, coping with concussions — even dating the coach’s daughter. Senior Editor Ryan Hockensmith takes Front Row inside the process.
Johnny Manziel adorns the cover of The CFB Preview Issue
A recurring theme of Producer David Lubbers’ tale of traveling to Tokyo from Des Moines, Iowa was “quiet.”
He mentioned the Japanese metropolis (“The quietest big city I’ve ever been in — we were walking down a major street and heard no horns.”); and the post-baseball game celebrations (or lack thereof). There was also the quiet that made taping a major segment for Sunday’s Outside the Lines feature on high pitch counts in Japan (9 a.m. ET, ESPN) possible. continue reading…
Timed to the 54th anniversary of winning his first major tournament at Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland, legendary golfer Gary Player shares his thoughts with Front Row about The Open Championship, posing for ESPN The Magazine’s recent “Body Issue,” and how he remains committed to a rigorous fitness routine at the age of 77 years old:
How have people reacted to seeing you in the “Body Issue” and the ESPN video feature [see above]?continue reading…
With the recent publication of ESPN The Magazine‘s Fifth Annual “Body Issue,” Front Row caught up with Nancy Weisman, deputy photo editor with The Mag for the last 13 years.
“Fortunately in Year 1, we built a level of trust and in the second year we made the transition to have athletes completely nude,” said Weisman, who has worked on all five editions of the issue. “Now, five years later we see the evolution. Athletes are excited to be part of the “Body Issue.” It’s impressive, sexy and fun.” continue reading…
ESPN The Magazine launches its fifth “Body Issue” — an annual celebration of the athletic form — featuring 21 talents from across the world of sports and eight special covers showcasing: Olympic volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, golf legend Gary Player, NBA forward Kenneth Faried, NBA guard John Wall, NHRA driver Courtney Force, MLB slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Team USA soccer forward Sydney Leroux and Moto X gold medalist Tarah Gieger.
The Mag provides Front Row a sneak peek of the Body Issue arriving for subscribers this week and on newsstands Friday. The Mag’s Senior Deputy Editor Neely Lohmann discusses what makes this fifth edition so special:
One of the hallmarks of ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup production was the creative use of classical and contemporary indigenous music from South Africa and its neighboring African nations. The music team, led by ESPN Coordinating Director of Music Claude Mitchell, scoured their industry contacts in South Africa to help identify the authentic sounds that mirror the culture and its people.
Going into the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup, ESPN’s FIFA production team, led by Senior Vice President and Executive Producer Jed Drake, plans to replicate its use of music in Brazil in much the same way as in 2010. For the Confederations Cup from June 15–30, ESPN will use music by Brazil’s new generation artist Rogê (Ole Ole) and classical musician Sergio Mendes (Magalenha) — a dress rehearsal for World Cup 2014. continue reading…