posted by Hannah Worster on December 10, 2013 4:40 PM
posted by Rachel Siegal on December 10, 2013 8:00 AM
“Awesome, baby, with a capital A!” Colleagues help Dick Vitale celebrate his 35th season on ESPN #DickieV35
Analyst Dick Vitale called his first college basketball game for ESPN on Dec. 5, 1979 – DePaul vs. Wisconsin – on the newly-formed 24-hour sports network.
Now in his 35th season and more than 1,000 basketball games later, Vitale will call his latest tonight: Kansas versus Florida (7 p.m. ET, ESPN, WatchESPN). He has become synonymous with the sport. Known for his knowledge, passion and unique style, the former high school, college and NBA coach has received many accolades, including the sport’s highest honor in 2008 when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor. continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on December 9, 2013 3:08 PM
ORLANDO – The first day of the 2013 Baseball Winter Meetings is underway here at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resort and the first major announcement of this year’s event was that ESPN analyst Curt Schilling is joining Sunday Night Baseball.
ESPN announced today that Schilling will join veteran play-by-play commentator Dan Shulman as well as analyst and former Phillies teammate John Kruk in the booth, along with ESPN Major League Baseball Insider Buster Olney, for the 25th season of Sunday Night Baseball – MLB’s exclusive national game of the week.
In between several Baseball Tonight segments and media availability about his new ESPN role, Front Row got a few words with Schilling, who talked about his new booth mates and who his favorite sports TV personalities were as a player.
Do you remember people telling you during your playing days that you should transition to television after you retire? continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on December 7, 2013 10:00 AM
Imagine John Stockton entering the Basketball Hall Of Fame as a Cleveland Cavalier.
Given that Stockton played 19 NBA seasons exclusively with the Utah Jazz, picturing the 2009 HOF inductee in any other pro uniform is difficult. But when Stockton was a point guard prospect coming out of Gonzaga University in 1984, one of the NBA coaches most interested in drafting him was George Karl – then coach of the Cavaliers and now an ESPN analyst.
That’s one of the interesting tidbits Stockton reveals in his autobiography “Assisted,” which he promoted during a recent ESPN Car Wash. In the video above, Stockton talks about the prospect of playing for Karl and the growth of Gonzaga basketball since his 1980s heyday. The No. 19 Zags (7-1), featuring John’s son David Stockton, play host to New Mexico State tonight (11 p.m. ET, ESPNU and WatchESPN). Tuesday, they visit West Virginia (9 p.m., ESPN2 and WatchESPN).
By Sheldon Spencer
Video produced by Josh Lander
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row
• One of the only things ESPN commentators love more than sports is their pets. Meet 9 ESPN pets and their owners in the first of a special two-part Lineup.
posted by David Scott on December 6, 2013 2:58 PM
Thursday’s 10 a.m. ET planning meeting in the basement conference room of Building 4 on ESPN’s main campus in Bristol, Conn. included about 40 people from all across the company and focused on how the news gathering unit would cover the findings of the Jameis Winston investigation.
What reporters were where? How many cameras were on the ground in Tallahassee? Were satellite trucks in place? What analysts were available for reaction? Could programming accommodate some shuffling of shows across networks in the afternoon?
For 40 minutes, Senior Vice President and Director of News Vince Doria led the group in a discussion of what had already been put in motion by a host of behind-the-scenes people once the State Attorney’s press conference was announced Wednesday afternoon. Coordination had been ongoing between the news and assignment desks; the bureau reporters and planning group; digital editors; show producers; programming teams; and a myriad array of some of the hardest working people in the business. continue reading…
posted by Susan Landry on December 3, 2013 8:00 AM
Editor’s note: Welcome to Off Camera with. . ., a Front Row series that introduces you to some of the studio anchors who have recently joined ESPN. Today, we meet Cassidy Hubbarth, who joined ESPN in August 2010 as a studio anchor and host for college football, basketball and NBA on ESPN3.
Favorite Team/Sport Moments: I am a die-hard Chicago Bulls fan. I grew up during the Michael Jordan era. We were that family screaming at the TV that you could hear from down the block whenever the Bulls were playing. My favorite Bulls/Jordan memory is when he won his fourth title in 1996. It was the first championship since his return and first since his father was murdered in 1993. Led by Jordan, the Bulls capped off the best season in NBA history on Father’s Day. The shot of Jordan lying on the locker room floor sobbing, in my opinion, is one of the most iconic sports images of all time. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on December 2, 2013 9:42 AM
The Monday Lineup: 5 ESPN moments from the weekend and for the week ahead PLUS: Striking a set during an “electric scene”
Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 had no shortage of compelling sports storylines, maybe none moreso than Saturday’s Iron Bowl where host No. 4 Auburn beat No. 1 Alabama in thrilling fashion.
Here, ESPN stage manager Mike Ruhlman explains how the College GameDay set got constructed on-field amid a chaotic postgame scene:
As the small group of ESPN Staff and freelance crew prepared to set up for postgame coverage of the Iron Bowl Saturday evening, none of us could have predicted that we would be in the middle of an unbelievable and historic scene.
With a few minutes left in the game, we staged the desk just off the field against the end zone wall in order to be able to move quickly into place once the game ended and to potentially go live (if the game result turned out to be compelling enough!) once CBS coverage concluded.
We would set up as quickly as possible, knock out a couple of segments and those of us that had flights that night would scurry off to the airport. continue reading…
posted by Front Row Staff on November 25, 2013 3:18 PM
ESPN-related highlights of SBJ/SBD Reader Survey
Sports network with the highest production values:
They are basically the same 17.5%
Network that does the best job covering the NFL:
NFL Network 13.0%
Favorite sports-related mobile app:
ESPN ScoreCenter 25.6%
MLB.com At Bat 18.0%
CBS Sports Mobile 9.0%
TV network that has been the most innovative in the deployment of its live content on digital platforms:
MLB Network 13.3%
CBS Sports 11.0%
NBC Sports Group 9.2%
Fox Sports Group 7.1%
Afternoon studio program you watch the most:
“Pardon the Interruption” 37.9%
“Around the Horn” 8.2%
“The Jim Rome Show” 6.5%
“Fox Football Daily” 2.1%
“Pro Football Talk” 1.3%
“Crowd Goes Wild” 0.5%
Don’t watch any 43.4%
Family of networks best positioned to help leagues and sponsors reach Hispanic males:
Univision Deportes 39.0%
NBC Universal 11.3%
Most influential person in sports business:
Roger Goodell 38.1%
John Skipper 16.6%
Bud Selig 7.9%
David Stern 5.8%
Sean McManus 5.5%
In its quest to serve sports fans, ESPN strives to be the cross-platform industry leader. A new poll of more than 1,700 Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily readers confirms the company’s position as the pacesetter among its peers.
The “9th Annual SBJ/SBD Reader Survey,” published Monday morning, cited ESPN as a leader in various media categories.
“ESPN easily garnered the most votes when readers were asked to select the network that has been the most innovative in deploying live content on digital platforms,” the publication concluded.
ESPN netted more than 46 percent of the vote in that category, more than the next four entities combined. Nearly 29 percent of the readers surveyed consider ESPN to have the highest production values, better than any of the other sports television networks listed. continue reading…
posted by Amanda DeCastro on November 21, 2013 3:02 PM
Tomorrow, sports industry leaders from across the country will convene at Harvard Law School for the 8th Annual Ivy Sports Symposium. A student-run conference, the Ivy Sports Symposium enables leaders and executives to share best practices and knowledge with their peers and potential successors. The event rotates being held among Ivy League institutions; this year, it’s being held at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
ESPN will be represented by company leaders including Executive Vice President Disney & ESPN affiliate Sales and Marketing David Preschlack; Vice President, espnW Laura Gentile; Matthew Berry, senior fantasy sports analyst; and Andrew Brandt, NFL business analyst. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on November 18, 2013 9:54 AM
The Monday Lineup: 7 ESPN moments from the weekend and for the week ahead PLUS: A Pasch-ion for play-by-play – from coast to coast
Before we get to some of what you may have missed over the weekend and what’s coming up from ESPN, a glimpse into Dave Pasch’s jam-packed week of assignments.:
What a relief this week will be for ESPN’s multi-sport workhorse, play-by-play man, Dave Pasch.
“Only 3 games this week,” he joked in a weekend email exchange with Front Row.
Pasch, is coming off a four-game, five-city week that saw him call an NCAA men’s basketball game (BYU/Stanford) with Seth Greenberg), an NBA contest (Knicks/Hawks with Hubie Brown), a college football matchup (Ohio St./Illinois with Brian Griese) and an NFL radio call for the Arizona Cardinals’ flagship station. continue reading…