ESPN tennis analysts Chrissie Evert and Patrick McEnroe spoke with media Wednesday about the Australian Open, which starts Sunday, Jan. 15 (Monday in Melbourne), with 100 live hours over two weeks including the usual marathon overnight telecasts on ESPN television and 1,400 on WatchESPN that includes every match – singles, doubles and juniors, culminating with the women’s and men’s championships.
It’ll be 29 years at ESPN for me come the fall of 2015 (the only job I’ve ever had) after joining merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at a robust $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals and Indy 500; Wimbledon (11 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, in addition to overseeing the Listings Area and www.ESPNMediaZone.com, my main areas are tennis, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including ESPN’s history and growth.
• Two Weeks Start Jan. 15 with 100+ Live Hours on TV plus Afternoon Encores of Overnight Action
• WatchESPN with 1,400 Hours – Every Singles, Doubles & Juniors Match – Live plus On Demand
• WTA: Serena Williams Seeks Major Title #23; Great Opportunity for Someone New to Emerge
• ATP: Two-Time Defending Champ Djokovic Seeks 7th Title while Federer, Nadal Return to Action
In 2016, ESPN remained at the forefront of the sports media industry, aggressively navigating the changing landscape with distribution across every traditional and emerging linear and digital platform and innovative techniques such as out-of-home measurement – all while continuing to thrive in every category it serves – TV, Digital, Audio and Print.
NFL Fantasy and FiveThirtyEight Driving ESPN Podcasts to Record Numbers; “Dunkumentaries” Honored by RAIN
With the nation’s focus on the start of the NFL season and the stretch run of the Presidential campaign, ESPN Audio’s originally produced podcast business is enjoying unprecedented success, with “Fantasy Focus Football” and two FiveThirtyEight offerings leading the list in August when overall downloads set an ESPN record for the sixth consecutive month.
ESPN Audio’s first foray into long-form podcasts, April’s five-part “Dunkumentaires,” was named Podcast of the Year by RAIN, the internet/radio business outlet, at its annual show in Nashville on September 20.
US Open Men’s Championship: No. 1 Djokovic Seeks Third Major Title for Third Year; No. 3 Wawrinka in Quest for Third Career Major Crown
• Djokovic Hopes to add to Haul of 12 Major Wins; Wawrinka is 2-0 in Major Finals
• WatchESPN with Three-Screen View of Men’s Championship
• Post-Match Press Conferences on WatchESPN
• Women’s Doubles Championship Sunday on WatchESPN
· Kerber Seeks 2nd Major Win of 2016; No. 10 Pliskova Hopes to Repeat Performance that Toppled Serena
· WatchESPN with Three-Screen View of Women’s, Men’s Championships on Ashe
· Press Conferences on WatchESPN, including after Women’s and Men’s Championships
· Men’s and Women’s Doubles Championships Saturday, Sunday, Respectively, on WatchESPN
US Open Women’s Semifinals Thursday: No. 1 Serena, No. 2 Kerber on Track to Meet in Championship on Saturday
· No. 1 Serena Plays No. 10 Pliskova; No. 2 Kerber vs. Surprising Wozniacki in Nightcap
· Men’s Semifinals Friday include Djokovic-Monfils, Nishikori vs. Wawrinka or Del Potro
· WatchESPN with Three-Screen View of Matches on Ashe, Doubles and Juniors from around the Grounds; Hear from the Players with Press Conference Feed
· Mixed Doubles Championship Friday with American Team the First of Five Championships
All-ESPN US Open Starts Monday: Nadal, Kerber Headline Afternoon Matches; Djokovic, Keys in Prime Time
· Serena Starts Quest for Major No. 23 Tuesday vs. Makarova who beat Williams in 2012 Australian Open
· Monday Daytime Action Starts with Isner-Tiafoe on New Grandstand Court, also includes Vinci, Muguruza, Tsonga, Wozniacki-Townsend and Sock-Fritz
· Tuesday: Serena, Murray under the Lights; Daytime: Venus, Stan, Simona, Aga, JMDP and Americans Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey
· First Ball to Last Ball, Exclusive to ESPN – Action First Week Begins at 11 a.m. ET on WatchESPN
· Phil Collins Performs Opening Night including Duet with “Hamilton” Star Leslie Odom, Jr.
ESPN tennis analysts John and Patrick McEnroe spoke with media Friday to discuss the upcoming US Open. Highlights of the call and a full transcript follow. Soundbites On: Coaching Milos Raonic while working for ESPN. “Milos has two coaches. I came in in an advisory role before Wimbledon. He’s got a great team around him. … Read More
ESPN tennis analysts Cliff Drysdale, Chrissie Evert and Mary Joe Fernandez spoke with media Wednesday to discuss the upcoming US Open.
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