A compilation of notes, quotes and photos from the SEC Network press event can be found here.
Tagged: ‘Joe Tessitore’
posted by Hannah Worster on December 6, 2013 5:47 PM
posted by David Scott on November 25, 2013 9:41 AM
Some of what you might have missed over the weekend and what’s coming up from ESPN:
1. The Sunday NFL Countdown crew welcomed a special guest to the Bristol, Conn. “bunker.”
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 24, 2013
— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) November 25, 2013
2. Don’t forget: Feast Week kicks off today.
— Sean Farnham (@SeanFarnham) November 25, 2013
3. GameDay was a hit in Stillwater. The show will head to Auburn for Saturday’s showdown. continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on September 25, 2013 8:00 AM
Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Maria Taylor believes she has a built-in advantage as a college football sideline reporter: “I can see over some of those lineman when they are in the huddle and confirm exactly what is going on.”
That’s something play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore and analyst Matt Millen have come to rely on from Taylor this and every fall Saturday for their games on ESPN (No. 5 Stanford at Washington State, 10 p.m. ET).
Her height often has aided her sports career. Before joining ESPN, Taylor got her first television exposure as a volleyball player at Georgia (2005-08).
Tonight, when ESPNU serves up in-state rivals NC State at No. 15 UNC as part of the network’s Wednesday Night Women’s Volleyball series, Taylor will once again be courtside calling one of 10 matches on her ESPN schedule this season. Front Row sat down with Taylor to talk about NCAA volleyball and her atypical work week covering two sports.
ESPN continues to expand its college volleyball package. Why do you think the sport makes compelling television? continue reading…
posted by Barbara Blake on September 16, 2013 1:45 PM
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot aired from Texas A&M’s campus this past Saturday just hours before the No. 6-ranked Aggies fell to defending national champion Alabama.
GameDay began setting up on the A&M campus on Tuesday. ESPN Images joined the crew on Wednesday morning to capture campus scenic photos, behind-the-scenes shots and the multiple telecasts throughout the week. Various ESPN programs and platforms also aired from College Station last week: College Football Live on Thursday and Friday; ESPN Radio’s College GameDay; and ESPN3 captured Texas A&M’s Midnight Yell Practice Friday night. continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on August 20, 2013 11:17 AM
posted by Stephen McDonald on August 16, 2013 11:30 AM
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights adds another chapter to Chicago’s rich boxing history with a show tonight at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.
In the first major pro boxing card at a Chicago ballpark in more than 50 years, hometown favorite, light heavyweight contender, Andrzej Fonfara meets Gabriel Campillo in the FNF main event (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN/ESPN Deportes+). (For those who are curious, on Sept. 25, 1962 at old Comiskey Park, heavyweight Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson.)
Front Row asked Matt Sandulli, senior coordinating producer at ESPN, about showcasing FNF in a unique venue for boxing.
What’s different about producing an arena boxing show versus outdoors at a stadium? continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on August 1, 2013 5:24 PM
posted by Keri Potts on July 19, 2013 11:00 AM
HOOVER, Ala. — Each summer, the swirl of activity that is conference media days marks the unofficial start of the college football season. Head coaches and their star players are rotated through hotel conference rooms filled with media members who want to know everything from predicted season win totals to player potential, game strategy and even preferred game day breakfast cuisines.
For the first time, ESPN’s College Football Live program originated from SEC Media Days. More than 1,200 credentials were issued this year for the three days of coach and player interviews. And seated at the desk alongside host Joe Tessitore and analyst Brock Huard to observe it all in between live SportsCenter hits was ESPN analyst David Pollack. The fearsome three-time All-American defensive end for the University of Georgia twice attended SEC Media Days as a player and still recalls the intensity of the experience. continue reading…
posted by Stephen McDonald on June 28, 2013 8:00 AM
After a career in the pro wrestling and boxing business, Todd Grisham will be closer to the action tonight than ever before when he calls his first boxing match alongside ESPN Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas in Jacksonville, Fla. (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchESPN). Grisham is filling in for Joe Tessitore who is off this week.
“Todd has established good chemistry with Teddy from the studio, so it made sense to provide him the opportunity to sit next to Teddy and call the fights,” Senior Coordinating Producer Matt Sandulli said. “Also, Todd’s experience includes calling WWE action, which is probably one of broadcasting’s most challenging jobs, so we think boxing will be a little easier compared to that bedlam, and I say that with the utmost respect for the WWE production.” continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on March 2, 2013 12:00 PM
Thursday, ESPN launched its latest This Is SportsCenter ad, another spoof of life in the company’s cubicles and corridors.
In the new, 15-second spot, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist — making his second TISC appearance this winter — forgets that it’s casual Friday.
His “co-workers” — SportsCenter anchors Lindsay Czarniak, Kevin Negandhi and John Buccigross — watch as Lundqvist waddles into the office in NHL gear.
Listen closely to Czarniak’s dialogue and you’ll hear her reference an actual ESPN colleague who’s not seen in this particular spot, but he’s had a hand in many of the franchise’s commercials.
“I think GMat’s on vacation,” Czarniak says, referencing Gerry Matalon, ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer.
Among his many duties at ESPN, Matalon works with ESPN’s marketing team and the advertising agency behind the TISC series, W+K New York, to secure requested ESPN “talent” for the spots that usually also feature athletes, mascots and other celebrities.
Matalon credits Craig Bengtson, Vice President, SportsCenter, and his fellow Senior CPs for helping him determine SportsCenter anchor and analyst availability.
“And we have to look at when the athletes are coming in. If they’re coming in the morning and [the script calls for SportsCenter anchor] Steve Levy and he works at night,” Matalon said, “what do we do?
“If we have to have Steve Levy, do I have to take him off the 11 [p.m. ET SportsCenter]? Is that an option, is that the best thing for the show?”
The process can be complicated but “it’s a very cool partnership and one of the most rewarding projects I’ve worked on in my 25 years,” at ESPN, Matalon said.
He was touched by Czarniak’s mention of him in the ad-libbed conversation with Negandhi and Buccigross.
“I was really flattered. I didn’t know Lindsay was going to it,” Matalon said.
His high school lacrosse coach, the late George Baron, “used to call me GMat, and I use the moniker socially because he was really tough, really disciplined, and really pushed for excellence. . . The fact that she said that was cool. I’m hoping he catches on to that, even though he’s probably in heaven yelling at somebody else.”
“I didn’t even think about it. We were literally just improvising conversation about swapping schedules,” said Czarniak, who is making her SportsCenter commercial debut.
“GMat is such an institution here,” she said. “He’s a big reason I ended up at ESPN and it was my first thought that I would run the ‘schedule swap’ by GMat.”
Even though Matalon has worked closely with the commercial franchise, he’s appeared in just one of the spots.
In the mid-1990s sketch below featuring a debate about Roger Clemens’ fastball, Matalon is seated between bearded Vince Doria, ESPN Senior Vice President and Director of News, and former SportsCenter anchor Keith Olbermann. Former anchor Jack Edwards earns The Rocket’s wrath.
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row
• ESPN’s Joe Tessitore introduced the four-legged Joe Tess, a three-year-old Dark Bay colt owned by his friends George Bolton and Barbara Banke. The horse makes his debut today at the Santa Anita race track in Southern California.
• ESPN Radio’s Mike Greenberg and his wife Stacy Greenberg introduced the main characters in Greenberg’s new book, All You Could Ask For, which will be released by William Morrow on April 2.
• ESPN college basketball analyst Bruce Pearl recalls the 2008 tornado that hit downtown Atlanta during the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome. The extreme weather events are the subject of the new SEC Storied documentary, Miracle 3.
• Coordinating producer Amy Rosenfeld and producer Chris Alexopoulos shared insights about their crews and coverage of the upcoming 18th season of MLS on ESPN.
Row of Four
Our favorites from across ESPN over the past week continue reading…