posted by Hannah Worster on November 9, 2013 7:00 AM
Recently, ESPN launched a new 30-second spot for College GameDay Built by The Home Depot. “Storytime,” airing on ESPN networks (and above), describes the iconic pregame show through the legendary and poetic storytelling abilities of host Tom Rinaldi.
The College GameDay campaign, with the tagline “Get Up. It’s GameDay,” captures the emotion of college football fandom and the unpredictability that makes fans get up and tune in every Saturday for the show, currently in its 27th season. The campaign was created in collaboration with creative agency 72 and Sunny. Today, GameDay will make its eighth appearance, and first since 2011, on the campus of the University of Alabama (9 a.m. ET, ESPN). The three-hour show will originate from Champions Way in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Front Row spoke with Rinaldi about the spot.
How did the promo come together? continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on November 5, 2013 2:33 PM
Culture, context and consequences will be examined on tonight’s season finale of E:60 (7 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) through a story called “Children of the Ring,” which reports on Thailand’s growing sport of children’s professional Muay Thai fighting and the human rights debate it has spawned.
Reported by Jeremy Schaap and produced by Beein Gim, the feature will challenge viewers to watch with cultural context in mind. An estimated 30,000 Thai children, some as young as seven, fight in a sport funded by organized crime and gambling so they can financially support their families, while exposing themselves to potential negative, long-term medical effects, including brain damage. continue reading…
posted by Carrie Kreiswirth on October 1, 2013 3:00 PM
ESPN’s newsmagazine E:60, which has received more Sports Emmy Award nominations in the past four years than any show, airs its 100th episode tonight (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).
In its seventh season, E:60 continues to innovate long-form storytelling, enterprise reporting and production technique. Highlights from E:60’s first six years and current season can be found here. The program debuted on Oct. 16, 2007. continue reading…
posted by Jay Jay Nesheim on September 26, 2013 6:23 PM
Larry King (ESPN/John Atashian)
Keith Olbermann will be taking a temporary leave from his show to host the MLB postseason show on TBS, so television icon Larry King, ESPN”s Jeremy Schaap and Colin Cowherd will serve as guest hosts of ESPN’s late night show, Olbermann.
King will host from October 1-3, Schaap will host from October 8-10, followed by Cowherd who will host from October 15-17. Olbermann airs live at 11 p.m. (time subject to shift depending on live events) from the show’s Times Square studios in New York City.
Olbermann returns from baseball duties on October 21.
Jeremy Schaap and Colin Cowherd will guest host Olbermann. (ESPN)
Front Row asked King why he wanted to host the program:
“Sports have always been a huge part of my life,” King said. “I used to have a sports talk radio show down in Florida and did color commentary for the Dolphins. I’ve taught my children about sports – they’re really part of my fabric. Getting the chance to host for Keith, whom I greatly admire, is really a terrific joy for me and I’m looking forward to being back in my hometown for a while.”
VP of Programming and Production Jamie Horowitz touched on why Schaap and Cowherd were chosen:
“Olbermann is designed around Keith because what he really brings is a sharp, unique perspective and point of view,” Horowitz said. “We wanted guest hosts that would connect to viewers and be able to discuss the day’s sports topics in a fresh and engaging way and we’re confident both Jeremy and Colin will bring that to the program.”
posted by Dan Quinn on September 6, 2013 8:00 AM
John Brenkus reenacting the “Butt Fumble” on Sport Science. (ESPN)
SportsCenter is prepared for an historic retirement today.
Jeremy Schaap has penned an essay. John Brenkus’ ESPN Sport Science lab in Burbank, Calif. hatched a scientific analysis.
Here are some plays that challenged, but couldn’t beat, the “Butt Fumble”
· Belgian player Pierre-Yves Winkin misses four straight layups on his own basket
· NFL receiver Danny Amendola spikes ball, hits usher
· Boston Mayor Thomas Menino mangles names of Patriots players
· Condor flies away during National Anthem at hockey game
· Michael Bourn knocks Miguel Cabrera’s ball over wall for HR
· Cheese-rolling in England
· Jimmy Rollins misplays popup off his head
· Singer Carly Rae Jepsen’s first pitch
· Soccer’s Maurides sprains his knee while celebrating
· Bruins Milan Lucic and Jaromir Jagr collide in Stanley Cup Finals
Comments from NFL Hall-of-Famers have been gathered. A list of challengers who failed to defeat the honoree has been compiled (see sidebar). So, after being the butt of jokes and undefeated for 40 straight weeks, the current SportsCenter “Not Top 10: Worst of the Worst” play is being jettisoned. The “Butt Fumble” — the longest-running “Not Top 10″ and “Top 10″ play in SportsCenter history — will be no Moore. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on August 23, 2013 10:30 AM
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.
Aug. 26, 2012: Concussion test may not be panacea By Peter Keating continue reading…
posted by Kim Jarvis on August 19, 2013 1:27 PM
This year, four ESPN feature producers — Tina Cerbone, Lydelle King, Lauren Stowell and Kris Schwartz — worked on five stories for the eighth annual SportsCenter “My Wish” series. The summer series, the result of a partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, shows prominent sports figures working to grant requests of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The “My Wish” series has now been part of 46 granted wishes.
Front Row spoke to Coordinating Producer Valerie Gordon and Cerbone, who personally spearheaded two segments. The 6 p.m. ET Thursday edition of SportsCenter will feature a recap of all five wishes, which features appearances from members of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, as well as NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne and tennis star Roger Federer.
Why is this among your favorite assignments? continue reading…
posted by David Scott on August 19, 2013 9:17 AM
ESPN Images brings you behind the scenes of Saturday’s 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter. continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on August 6, 2013 4:54 PM
SportsCenter anchor Bob Ley (r) and ESPN Investigative Reporter T.J. Quinn (l) were on-set Monday afternoon for coverage of MLB’s latest PEDs scandal. (ESPN)
Ratings for ESPN’s Monday coverage of MLB suspensions
• Monday’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter doubled the average viewership of the prior six weeks for that hour.
• Ratings for the 6 p.m. were also close to double the last six weeks’ average for the show.
• Other day parts saw similar increases leading up to the 3 p.m. official announcement from MLB.
“It was a lot of work by a lot of people, but it wasn’t out of the norm,” said ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer of Newsgathering Mike Leber, referring to Monday’s huge day of sports news. “As a result of strategic cross-platform planning, we’re doing a better job than ever of getting out in front of big stories before they break.”
As sports fans know, Major League Baseball suspended 13 players it found to have been involved with the South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was slapped with a suspension through the end of the 2014 season, a ruling he is appealing.
Preparing for Major League Baseball’s anticipated announcement of the suspensions began with “a lot of advance work,” according to Leber, noting the packaging of ESPN Senior Writer/Baseball Analyst Buster Olney’s “Time Line” feature; an “Alex Rodriguez in his own Words” piece; and an essay by reporter Jeremy Schaap. continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on June 29, 2013 10:00 AM
ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack on SportsCenter commenting on the Aaron Hernandez case. (ESPN)
“When I see it’s [Connecticut 860] area code on my phone, it usually means someone’s in trouble,” Roger Cossack says of being an ESPN legal analyst.
Lester Munson on the phone with Mike & Mike. (ESPN)
The arrest of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez on a murder charge Wednesday put Cossack and ESPN.com legal analyst Lester Munson on the speed dial end of the assignment desk’s phones. continue reading…