The ESPN Car Wash brings some interesting characters to our Bristol campus every week.
As you’ll see in the video above, Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah visited Thursday. Michelle Steele interviewed him for a spot on ESPNChicago.com, and Noah really warmed up to a question about his favorite Chicago athletes. He’s a fan of Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, particularly Kane.
Here’s some highlights from Front Row this week:
Front Row sat down with analyst Steve Nicol the day before the 2011 ESPN Summer Soccer Series match between Liverpool FC and AS Roma at historic Fenway Park. Nicol discussed his bond with Liverpool FC, one of the world’s most-supported football clubs.
Little League Baseball announced Monday that college basketball analyst Dick Vitale will be inducted into the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence on Saturday, Aug. 18.
ESPN colleagues congratulated Baseball Tonight analyst Barry Larkin, who became a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame this past Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y.
ESPN’s bureau reporters and producers took part in a Team ESPN community outreach day at nearby Camp Sloper in Southington, Conn. In this video, ESPN reporters — including Jenn Brown, Colleen Dominguez and Ed Werder — and producers shared tales from the day of beautifying the camp’s grounds.
Katie Couric and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick sat down for an in-depth talk and went for a ride around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway recently. The interview airs during NASCAR Countdown prior to the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis today at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.
LONDON — This week, our UK operation broadcast one of the two semi-finals of this season’s FA Cup — the world’s oldest and most coveted domestic soccer cup competition — live from Wembley.
ESPN in the UK brought exclusively live televised coverage of the Merseyside derby, contested by Liverpool and Everton, which finished 2-1 to Liverpool after a late winner from their star striker Andy Carroll.
Liverpool, owned by Boston Red Sox owners, Fenway Sports Group, contributed two of their alumni to ESPN’s soccer talent team: Kevin Keegan (the ex-England soccer team manager) and John Barnes (one of the most revered England soccer players of all time).
ESPN’s UK production team brought viewers a 90-minute build-up from our custom-built set. In truth, our pre-match build-up was far longer than that.
On-site preparations began last Thursday morning with technical crew travelling to Wembley and cable rigging taking place around the iconic venue, followed by sound and vision testing on Friday. continue reading…
LONDON — On Saturday in the UK and Ireland, ESPN will televise live, exclusive coverage of the FA Cup SemiFinal between Liverpool and Everton beginning at 11 a.m. local time.
The game brings together two of England’s biggest rivals as they meet in the FA Cup for the first time since 2009.
Liverpool faces mounting pressure to win the FA Cup following a disappointing run in the Barclays Premier League, while Everton manager David Moyes will be targeting Cup success to mark 10 years at the helm of the club. Both teams have an impressive FA Cup pedigree: Liverpool have notched seven tournament wins, while Everton have lifted the trophy five times.
ESPN in the UK and Ireland’s coverage will include a 90-minute build-up from a custom-built set, and will feature 37 cameras, including pictures from the Goodyear blimp, as well as super slow motion cameras.
Native Merseysider Ray Stubbs will be the host, and he will be joined by ex-Blues Martin Keown and (guest pundit) Graeme Sharp and ex-Reds (and ESPN analysts) Kevin Keegan and John Barnes. See a match preview by clicking here.
Coverage will also feature a special segment — The Bench — developed in collaboration with Budweiser, which will feature fans, ex-pros and celebrities discussing the match. Guests for this will include former Everton star Kevin Ratcliffe and former Liverpool star Ian Rush. continue reading…
On Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 a.m. ET, Liverpool legend and former England national team player Steve McManaman will be in ESPN2’s television booth with Ian Darke providing match commentaries for one of the English Premier League’s most anticipated matches in the 2011-12 season — Manchester United vs. Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Since joining ESPN full-time in November 2010, McManaman has been the lead game analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the Barclays Premier League in the United States. He and Darke originate live from the match sites.
Also, McManaman periodically appears on ESPN UK’s presentation of the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Leading up to Manchester United vs. Liverpool, McManaman previewed the matchup on ESPN Front and Center podcast.
He also discussed the Manchester United-Liverpool rivalry (note: McManaman played in 16 Liverpool-Manchester United matches); Liverpool’s Luis Suarez playing in the match after serving an eight-match suspension for a racial abuse incident during their last meeting; the exit of Fabio Capello from coaching England’s national team; and more.
Below, Darke and McManaman also preview the match.