Chad Kopcak and his daughter, Rebekah, enjoying yesterday’s Patriots camp, where he became a “temporary celebrity” after capturing video of Tom Brady’s fall.
As a regular ESPN viewer – skewing toward the network’s NFL offerings and particularly enjoying analyst Ron Jaworski’s video breakdowns – Sandwich, Mass.’s Chad Kopcak (@ChadKopcak) is used to seeing famous sports names flash across his TV screen.
But having his own name appear as a “bug” in the upper left corner as Wednesday’s Tom Brady practice injury video aired repeatedly on ESPN?
“I think seeing my name on the screen and knowing that I was the one that captured the video was the best part,” said Kopcak, who “cleared” the video for use after ESPN’s assignment desk contacted Kopcak via Twitter. Several other media outlets also contacted him for approval on usage. continue reading…
The Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are not the only ones working overtime in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. The staffs at both ESPNBoston.com and ESPNChicago.com are busy working extra shifts delivering quality coverage for fans in both hockey-mad cities.
Through blogging, columns, post-game videos and more, reporters Scott Powers (Blackhawks) and Joe McDonald (Bruins) will be at home and on the road serving fans the latest from all the action on the ice, which through two games has produced two sudden death finishes. Additionally, colleagues from ESPNChicago.com — Jesse Rogers, Jon Greenberg and Melissa Isaacson — and ESPNBoston.com – Jackie MacMullan and James Murphy — provide additional coverage and analysis. continue reading…
While ESPN’s live coverage on the Boston Marathon tragedy continues, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and friends and the running community. Several ESPN employees were in Boston as reporters, runners or spectators and have shared their stories on SportsCenter and ESPN.com.
ESPN Employee Eyewitness Accounts
Bob Ley interviewed ESPN.com senior director of design and race participant Dan Benshoff, who describes the scene around the finish line and in the medical tent.
Jeremy Schaapinterviewed ESPN producer and race participant Bryan Jaroch, who said he was about a mile from crossing the finish line when the explosions occurred. continue reading…
When Monday Night Football rolled into Foxborough, Mass. last weekend for the most recent contest between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans, ESPNBoston.com’sMike Reiss got a bit of a twinkle in his eyes.
“Like Tom Brady said [last week], ‘There’s something special about Monday Night Football,” said Reiss, who has covered the Patriots for a decade and a half, the last three years for ESPNBoston.com.
In the video above, Reiss shares his thoughts on having the MNF crew in town; how ESPNBoston.com approaches its coverage of the Patriots (and everything Boston sports); and what it’s like to work closely with ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi.
One example of the sites' collaborative Super Bowl efforts, the "Hot Button"
In addition to all the “macro” coverage fans will be treated to across ESPN platforms, Super Bowl XLVI will be the first title game to feature two teams from ESPN.com’s new local Web sites. Providing the “micro” coverage that fans of the New England Patriots and New York Giants are clamoring for will be ESPNBoston.com and ESPNNewYork.com. Mike Reiss and Ohm Youngmisuk will anchor the sites’ coverage.
They join us on this edition of the Front & Center podcast. They discuss, among other things: the impact of the Super Bowl on their respective sites; resources being utilized by both sites; memories from the Week 9 regular season Pats/Giants meeting; collaborative efforts (such as the “Hot Button” feature, pictured) and a (fairly) rapid fire session of Super Bowl Roll.
Derek Jeter talks about what the contributions Dr. King made during the civil rights movement mean to him.
Note:As part of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ESPN will present Content of Character — a weeklong series of original programming, vignettes and interstitials celebrating the life and contributions of the civil rights leader — across many of its programs and platforms.
As we celebrate today the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s worth recognizing the lasting positive impact King continues to have on those of us in the world of sports. The meaning is always personal and profound, no matter where we are across the nation.
That in itself is worth celebrating in King’s honor, and ESPN’s Local sites — Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York — are posting today a series of articles and video vignettes illustrating how King has affected those cities and some of their prominent sports figures.
It doesn’t get more Americana than Patriots’ Day in Boston.
Today marks the civic holiday observed in Massachusetts and Maine, commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first of the Revolutionary War. Re-enactments can be found in all corners of Massachusetts, from the Lexington Green to the Old North Bridge in Cambridge and the retracing of Paul Revere’s ride.
As the keeper of such turning points in our nation’s history, it is only fitting that Boston is host to some of the most storied sports traditions on this very day, too. Marathon Monday (that’s the Boston Marathon, to you out-of-towners) is the oldest annual marathon in the country, while the Red Sox have played host to games on Patriots’ Day every year since 1959. continue reading…