ESPN.com is expanding its NFL Nation network by creating a dedicated digital home for each of the 32 NFL teams. The collection of team sites will be staffed by industry leading reporters in every NFL city. Each site will feature original posts while curating team-specific content from across ESPN platforms and linking to other relevant sources, making NFL Nation a top destination for fans.
For the past five seasons, ESPN.com’s NFL Nation has utilized a network of eight divisional blogs with one writer covering four teams per division with additional contributions from NFL writers at ESPN’s major market sites in Boston, Chicago, Dallas and New York. The new NFL Nation will combine these resources with 21 new reporters to be brought on board for the 2013-14 NFL season.
ESPN has already added a number of veteran reporters for the expanded NFL Nation, including Rob Demovsky (Green Bay Press Gazette, who will cover the Packers), Jeff Legwold (Denver Post, Broncos), Tania Ganguli (Houston Chronicle, Texans), Phil Sheridan (Philadelphia Inquirer, Eagles), John Keim (Washington Examiner, Redskins) and Mike Wells (Indianapolis Star, Colts). (Below is a detailed list of assignments to date.)
Each of the 32 NFL Nation reporters will contribute multiple daily reports – including news, commentary, analysis, audio and video. In addition to their work on ESPN.com, NFL Nation reporters will contribute to other ESPN platforms, including NFL Live, NFL Insiders, SportsCenter and other television shows, ESPN Radio national and local affiliate programs, ESPN Audio podcasts, ESPN The Magazine and more.
“The expansion of NFL Nation represents one of ESPN Digital’s most ambitious projects in our continuing effort to provide the ultimate personalized experience for fans,” said ESPN.com Editor-in-Chief Patrick Stiegman. “This will create the most credible, authoritative team-by-team network anywhere, with multimedia journalists providing news, analysis and perspective in every NFL market, across all ESPN platforms. Coupled with our highly respected national voices, NFL Nation will provide unprecedented coverage for fans.”
“The NFL Nation positions are truly multi-platform roles, and the reporters who have been hired are already making significant contributions to our television coverage, providing NFL training camp updates, breaking news and other insights on SportsCenter and our NFL shows,” said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer for NFL studio programs.
NFL Nation will be featured prominently on the ESPN.com NFL home page with headlines from every team site. Fans will also be able to access digital content through customized ESPN apps and sites, mobile alerts, tweets and other methods of personalization. Stories written by ESPN.com national NFL writers and other experts will also be incorporated, and every team site will include relevant ESPN video, ESPN Audio clips, ESPN Insider links, Fantasy data, and more.
ESPN.com NFL Nation reporters (and previous affiliation):
Baltimore Ravens: Jamison Hensley (ESPN AFC North blogger)
Buffalo Bills: Mike Rodak (ESPN Boston)
Carolina Panthers: David Newton (ESPN NASCAR writer) *
Chicago Bears: Michael C. Wright (ESPN Chicago)
Cincinnati Bengals: Coley Harvey (Orlando Sentinel)
Dallas Cowboys: Todd Archer (ESPN Dallas)
Denver Broncos: Jeff Legwold (Denver Post)
Green Bay Packers: Rob Demovsky (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Houston Texans: Tania Ganguli (Houston Chronicle)
Indianapolis Colts: Mike Wells (Indianapolis Star)
Miami Dolphins: James Walker (ESPN AFC East blogger)
Minnesota Vikings: Ben Goessling (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
New England Patriots: Mike Reiss (ESPN Boston)
New York Giants: Dan Graziano (ESPN NFC East blogger)
New York Jets: Rich Cimini (ESPN New York)
Oakland Raiders: Paul Gutierrez (CSNBayArea.com)
Philadelphia Eagles: Phil Sheridan (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Pittsburgh Steelers: Scott Brown (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
St. Louis Rams: Nick Wagoner (StLouisRams.com)
San Francisco 49ers: Bill Williamson (ESPN AFC West blogger)
Seattle Seahawks: Terry Blount (ESPN NASCAR writer) *
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pat Yasinskas (ESPN NFC South blogger)
Tennessee Titans: Paul Kuharsky (ESPN AFC South blogger)
Washington Redskins: John Keim (Washington Examiner and Washington Post)
New roles have also been created for two current NFL Nation bloggers:
Mike Sando (NFC West blogger): ESPN Insider NFL columnist
Kevin Seifert (NFC North blogger): NFL Nation national writer
* In addition to being a part of NFL Nation, David Newton and Terry Blount will continue to contribute to NASCAR coverage, as warranted.
Note: ESPN is in the process of hiring reporters in the remaining NFL markets