posted by David Scott on November 11, 2013 9:20 AM
Some of what you may have missed over the weekend and what’s coming up from ESPN:
1. Front Row salutes the country’s veterans. Here’s our crew in South Korea that proudly brought the Armed Forces Classic to fans.
2. There was more than one football game played in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
3. Grantland’s latest @30for30 short takes us back to an ancient time before computers were in vogue!
posted by Mac Nwulu on October 18, 2013 4:44 PM
ESPN’s Ray Lewis (r) interviews New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who once was Lewis’ defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens. (Michael T. O’Connor/ESPN)
Two-time Super Bowl champion turned ESPN analyst Ray Lewis ranks as one of the top linebackers in NFL history. His ascension to first ballot Hall of Fame status during his 17 NFL seasons is a credit to Lewis’ own work ethic and to the coaches who guided him along the way.
Few of those coaches were as instrumental to his success as Rex Ryan, his former defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens. This week, Lewis and Ryan reunited as the current New York Jets head coach sat for a one-on-one conversation – Lewis’ first interview assignment as a member of ESPN’s award-winning Sunday NFL Countdown. continue reading…
posted by Laurel Daggett on October 3, 2013 8:00 AM
As Front Row was preparing a post to commemorate ESPN2’s 20th anniversary earlier this week, we found some gems in the archives that we thought should see the light of day once again.
As part of Front Row’s Throwback Thursday (#TBT) feature, here’s a gallery of some of the “grunge” graphics and shows that filled out the program schedule in the early days of the network.
posted by Sheldon Spencer on October 1, 2013 12:45 PM
ESPN2 hosts (L-R) Keith Olbermann, Suzy Kolber and Mitch Albom are on the set.
(Rick LaBranche/ESPN images)
Twenty years ago tonight, ESPN introduced ESPN2, its “hip kid brother,” as the New York Times labeled it.
Stuart Scott on the ESPN2 set in 1993. (ESPN)
According to ESPN’s official chronology, ESPN2 was launched as a “differentiated 24-hour sports network to target young and active sports viewers with a mixture of event, news and lifestyle programming.”
The spinoff aired everything from the NHL to roller hockey alongside flagship programming such as SportsNight, the marquee studio program that featured, among others, Keith Olbermann, Suzy Kolber, Stuart Scott and Mitch Albom. continue reading…
posted by Allan Kreda on September 9, 2013 2:00 PM
Reaching new frontiers has always been the mindset at ESPN. Hence, the network is working with NASA to supply an automated feed of content to astronauts living and working at the International Space Station. That effort reached a new level this week when astronaut and former U.S. Navy Seal Chris Cassidy read an introduction of SportsCenter’s “Top 10 Plays” from space.
“ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans any time, anywhere,’’ said Todd Myers, director Programming & Acquisitions. “Now we have the opportunity to serve sports fans in space – the final frontier if you will. It’s really out of this world that we’re able to do this.” continue reading…
posted by Front Row Staff on August 26, 2013 5:06 PM
posted by Hannah Worster on August 17, 2013 8:00 AM
Since ESPN first took to the airwaves on Sept. 7, 1979, sports fans have been able to indulge their passion practically around the clock. On Sept. 1, 1980, 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week sports television became a reality.
Credit goes to one family’s dream of a national sports network that sprang from a brainstorm in the middle of a traffic jam on Interstate 84 in Waterbury, Conn. on — of all dates — Aug. 16, 1978. It was Lynn Rasmussen’s 16th birthday, and her father Bill and brother Scott were leaving their Connecticut home to help her celebrate on a New Jersey beach.
By this time, the Rasmussens were already pursuing the idea of a regional cable television service to air University of Connecticut athletics statewide.
But then the infant E.S.P. Network scored a relative deal on satellite time and equipment. Though months away from an actual launch date, the Rasmussens realized they would need a national audience with nonstop programming to make the most of their investment.
As they boiled in a 1970s-era Mazda GLC with no air conditioning on a clogged highway, they traded ideas on how to satisfy sports fans. continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on August 14, 2013 1:00 PM
SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott on the set.
(Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
Since joining ESPN in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2, Stuart Scott has become a mainstay as an 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter anchor, as well as host for NBA on ESPN and ABC coverage, and for ESPN’s NFL programming. His unmistakable style and creative catchphrases have made him one of the network’s most popular and recognized anchors.
Favorite SportsCenter memory?
When SportsCenter went to Camp Arifjan Army Base in Kuwait (for September 2004’s Salute The Troops) and did live shows for a week. It was the most meaningful and impactful week in my professional career — working with and alongside service men and women, many of whom were either going into Baghdad, Iraq to fight, or just returning.
It was 130 degrees. The soldiers really appreciated us being there, but they didn’t get it: As much as they appreciated us, it wasn’t even close to the level of respect, appreciation and admiration we had for them and their sacrifices. It was the biggest honor of my TV career.
2000: ESPN anchor Stuart Scott on the SportsCenter set. (Rich Arden/ESPN Images)
Most memorable breaking news story you covered on air? continue reading…
posted by David Scott on August 12, 2013 9:04 AM
This week’s look back at what you may have missed on social media over the weekend:
posted by Dan Quinn on August 5, 2013 9:04 AM
John Anderson, producer Liam Chapman and Mike Golic on the “Mike & Mike” set this morning.
While various vocalists from Billie Holliday to Janis Joplin have recorded George Gershwin’s Summertime – originally penned for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess – John Anderson is obviously not familiar with the opening line: “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.”
Anderson’s day today began at 6 a.m. ET on ESPN Radio and ESPN2 (subbing for Mike Greenberg) alongside co-host Mike Golic on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike.
His day will end at 8 p.m. tonight on ESPNEWS at the end of a the two-hour, 6 p.m. SportsCenter. continue reading…