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 Kristen Hudak on July 31, 2013 12:20 PM
Then-General Manager of the Washington Nationals and current ESPN Insider Jim Bowden talks to the media after the MLB trade deadline on July 31, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Each year as July comes to a close, ESPN’s deep roster of MLB commentators and Insiders work around-the-clock to provide MLB trade deadline news for viewers and readers.
ESPN’s trade deadline coverage includes a special program – SportsCenter Special: Baseball Trade Deadline – at 3 p.m. ET today to break down all the latest news and developments leading into the 4 p.m. deadline. On ESPN.com, readers can access trade rumors and updates at Rumor Central and participate in an all-day, interactive chat with Insiders Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, Jayson Stark, Keith Law, Jerry Crasnick and Jim Bowden.
Orioles GM Dan Duquette stops by the GM’s Office to talk with ESPN Insider Jim Bowden.
Bowden, who served as general manager of both the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals, knows quite a bit about the inner workings of trade deadline day. He spent a few minutes with Front Row to share his perspective.
Take us through the trade deadline experience as a general manager. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on June 10, 2013 9:22 AM
The future was present on Saturday when Lamont Simpson, a veteran WNBA referee wore a head band camera during Saturday’s ABC telecast of the Phoenix Mercury’s 82-67 win over the host Indiana Fever.
“Overall, the ‘ref cam’ deserves two thumbs up,” said ESPN Associate Operations Producer (WNBA & NBA) Laura Southerland. “My favorite usage was the game’s tip-off. We were able to give our fan a new and fresh point of view that not only enhanced the excitement of a game tip, but put the fan right there at center court, ‘tossing’ the ball in the air as if they were starting the game.” continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on March 16, 2013 11:30 AM
“Stephen Bardo was a leader on a great team,” said Dick Vitale when asked about his memories of the former University of Illinois star point guard. continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on March 12, 2013 8:00 AM
ESPN Audio’s MLB podcast lineup
Baseball fans and podcast devotees have a new lineup of MLB shows to look forward to this season.
Today, ESPN Audio debuts Behind The Dish with Keith Law — a new podcast which offers listeners a “front office” perspective on the game of baseball.
ESPN’s Keith Law (ESPN)
Law, who is known for his annual ESPN.com Top 100 Prospects list and his passion for baseball analytics, will have a weekly platform to showcase his unique perspectives.
Behind The Dish joins Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney and Fantasy Focus Baseball to round out ESPN Audio’s new baseball trifecta.
Front Row had the chance to catch up with Keith Goralski, ESPN senior director, digital audio content, about the changes this season.
What led to the change in our MLB podcast lineup this season?
We spend many hours reviewing our podcast formula and planning for a smarter future. We really did look at the future and thought, ‘This is how it can work better.’ Adding a Baseball Tonight-themed show, a fantasy baseball-themed show — they brand themselves. Now adding Keith’s Behind The Dish show really diversifies our podcast portfolio.
The first decision in ESPN’s MLB podcast evolution was to create Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney. How did this show come to fruition? continue reading…
posted by Kristen Hudak on February 15, 2012 6:53 PM
Keith Law's Top Chef: Texas' Final Four Power Rankings
Many baseball fans anxiously await ESPN Insider Keith Law‘s annual power rankings featuring the best prospects in baseball.
With a scouting eye, Law evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of young athletes in an effort to predict their Major League Baseball success.
But fans who follow Law on Twitter @keithlaw or Facebook quickly realize that this ESPN veteran can dissect more than bat speeds and the horizontal break of a pitch.
Law also analyzes culinary creations, both at restaurants and from his own kitchen, with the same detail-oriented techniques.
This ability, teamed with his ongoing interest in Bravo’s Top Chef reality series, led the network to call on Law for a baseball inspired breakdown of the final four contestants’ skills.
The ‘Top Chef: Texas’ Final Four Power Rankings utilize baseball’s scouting scale of 20 (low) to 80 (high) to evaluate the final contestants. Bravo’s Top Chef: Texas airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.
Law sat down with Front Row to answer some of our burning questions about this odd but interesting collaboration.
FR: How did this come together?
Law: One of my readers alerted the social media team at @BravoTopChef to the weekly episode recaps I’ve been doing on the dish, which combine some analysis (limited, of course, to what we see on TV) and the kind of dry humor I try to bring to my baseball writing as well. They liked what they saw enough to ask me to do a guest piece ranking the four remaining “cheftestants.” I was thrilled to be asked and am even happier with the response.
ESPN Baseball Insider Keith Law in his day job.
FR: When did you first learn to appreciate the culinary world? continue reading…