Jon Sciambi (l) and Fran Fraschilla took a pre-game photo that will serve as a reminder of their historic call of the Kentucky-Baylor women’s game.
Saturday morning, when basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla ducked in for a (much-needed) coffee at his local Starbucks, a gentleman in a Baylor Bears hat approached him with a simple message.
“Thank you for covering our Bears, Fran,” the man said.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Fraschilla said late Sunday, two days after calling the highest-scoring Division I women’s game in history, a 133-130 quadruple overtime win by Kentucky over Baylor. “We knew we had a good game, we had no idea it would become historic.” continue reading…
Sports network with the highest production values: ESPN 28.9%
They are basically the same 17.5%
Network that does the best job covering the NFL: ESPN 26.7%
NFL Network 13.0%
Favorite sports-related mobile app: ESPN ScoreCenter 25.6%
MLB.com At Bat 18.0% WatchESPN 10.5%
CBS Sports Mobile 9.0%
TV network that has been the most innovative in the deployment of its live content on digital platforms: ESPN 46.1%
MLB Network 13.3%
CBS Sports 11.0%
NBC Sports Group 9.2%
Fox Sports Group 7.1%
Afternoon studio program you watch the most: “Pardon the Interruption” 37.9%
“Around the Horn” 8.2%
“The Jim Rome Show” 6.5%
“Fox Football Daily” 2.1%
“Pro Football Talk” 1.3%
“Crowd Goes Wild” 0.5%
Don’t watch any 43.4%
Family of networks best positioned to help leagues and sponsors reach Hispanic males:
Univision Deportes 39.0% ESPN 25.9%
NBC Universal 11.3%
Most influential person in sports business:
Roger Goodell 38.1% John Skipper 16.6%
Bud Selig 7.9%
David Stern 5.8%
Sean McManus 5.5%
In its quest to serve sports fans, ESPN strives to be the cross-platform industry leader. A new poll of more than 1,700 Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily readers confirms the company’s position as the pacesetter among its peers.
“ESPN easily garnered the most votes when readers were asked to select the network that has been the most innovative in deploying live content on digital platforms,” the publication concluded.
ESPN netted more than 46 percent of the vote in that category, more than the next four entities combined. Nearly 29 percent of the readers surveyed consider ESPN to have the highest production values, better than any of the other sports television networks listed. continue reading…
ESPN offers coverage on various devices and platforms.
Editor’s note:As the digital media industry continues its constant charge forward, measuring all things digital requires innovation and vision to match. We’ll check in with ESPN Research and Analytics occasionally to keep us up to speed.
ESPN Digital Media set an all-time record in September, reaching 72.7 million unique visitors last month across computers, smartphones and tablets, according to comScore’s Multi-Platform data. This was the largest number of individual users ever reached in a single month by any property in the sports category.
We checked in with Dave Coletti, vice president of Digital Media Research & Analytics, to help add perspective to the unprecedented numbers.
To what do you attribute the rise in uniques during September. We’ve had spikes due to football in years past, but this was an all-time high. Why?continue reading…
That’s exactly what Monday Night Football’s HeroCam is doing this fall by showing the unique perspective of some of the game’s top players, using GoPro® point of view (POV) camera technology. continue reading…
Welcome to another edition of the Fan Central Mailbag. Remember, if you have an ESPN-related question, follow us @ESPN_FanCentral and use #FanCentralMB to tweet your questions. You can also e-mail them to FanCentral@ESPN.com.
Before we get to your questions, a quick reminder that ESPN and ABC will have some great college football match-ups Saturday and you can see a full schedule here.
Also, do you have a “Clutch” story about watching games on WatchESPN? Don’t forget, you can submit your WatchESPN clutch moments and design your own illustrated “Clutch” self-portrait.
Now, on to your questions:
Steve Carell on the set of First Take with Skip Bayless, Cari Champion and Stephen A. Smith (Joe Faraoni / ESPN)
Are the “I Survived First Take” t-shirts given to fans in the First Take studio audience? — Michaelcontinue reading…
ESPN3.com is one of several ways to get comprehensive Wimbledon coverage (ESPN)
Click HERE to listen or visit iTunes to download the podcast and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Front & Center podcast. Also, make sure to check out the ESPN Radio app, available for the iPad.
In 2011, when ESPN acquired the exclusive U.S. rights to Wimbledon – a 12-year agreement that took effect last year – the headlines focused on ESPN-TV. Jason Bernstein knew the reality would be – and would have to be – much more involved. continue reading…
A member of the ESPN tennis team since 2007, Darren Cahill’s playing career included four ATP titles and peaked when he reached the 1988 US Open semifinal.
Not an early adopter of Twitter, Cahill, a native Australian, quickly became an avid user. His followers find his tweets a source of insight, humor, programming information, and they will certainly get all that and more during the next two weeks of ESPN’s exclusive coverage of Wimbledon, which kicked off earlier today. continue reading…
On Wednesday, NHRA drivers Courtney Force and Antron Brown visited ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus with their cars to participate in an ESPN Car Wash. Company employees interacted with the drivers outside the ESPN Cafe and asked questions. In the video above, Force and Brown speak with Front Row about ESPN’s NHRA programming, their impressions of the campus, which ESPN personality they would challenge to a race and more.
Editor’s note:The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series makes its inaugural appearance at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H. this weekend in the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals. Fans can watch qualifying races tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Elimination races will air Sunday at 11 a.m. on ESPN3 and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
A peek at what WatchESPN on Apple TV will look like
Sports fans have a lot to look forward to this morning with the launch of WatchESPN on Apple TV. Similar to other platforms, live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line will be available to authenticated subscribers, with the addition of on-demand video offerings that feature the most recent and relevant content available to all users.
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WatchESPN on Apple TV
Front Row spoke with Senior Vice President of Digital Video Distribution, Matt Murphy, and Vice President of WatchESPN and ESPN3, Damon Phillips, about the launch.