ESPN tennis analysts Chrissie Evert and John McEnroe spoke with media Tuesday to preview Wimbledon, which is exclusive to ESPN starting Monday, June 27. Highlights of the call are followed by the full transcript. Soundbites On: Are nerves the reason Serena is “stuck” on 21 Majors, one short of Graf? “I think it has gotten … Read More
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.
ESPN Chicago 1000 Reaches Agreement to become Flagship Station for Notre Dame Football and Men’s Basketball
ESPN Chicago 1000 has reached a multiyear agreement to broadcast every Notre Dame football and men’s basketball game beginning with the 2016-17 seasons.
• First Ball to Last Ball, Exclusive to ESPN
• Daylong Coverage Totaling 140 Hours on TV – ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC
• WatchESPN: 1,500 Live Hours from all 15 TV Courts; 3-Box Screen Returns for Semis, Championships
• “Cross Court Coverage” Returns for Monday-Wednesday the Second Week
• Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Doubles Championships Live on ESPN on July 9, Mixed Doubles on July 10
• Serena Defends Crown, the Last Major She Captured, in Quest for Major #22 to tie Graf
Through five months of 2016, ESPN is No. 1 on cable in numerous key demo groups – including those for males and for all viewers – in both total day and prime-time ratings, and tops the entire television industry – broadcast and cable – for total day ratings among men 18-34.
Breaks Previous Record Set Last Year Most-Watched NBA Game Ever on WatchESPN NBA Finals Expected to Win the Night for 49th Consecutive Time Last night’s Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals delivered a 13.1 overnight rating, ABC’s highest-rated Game 1 ever according to Nielsen. The telecast, which featured the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland … Read More
ESPN tennis analysts Chrissie Evert, Brad Gilbert and Patrick McEnroe spoke with media Tuesday about a wide variety of tennis topics to preview the French Open. ESPN.com and espnW.com will have extensive coverage from Paris, plus SportsCenter. In addition, ESPN International televises the French Open in Latin America and the Caribbean, including on cruise ships.
Skip Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on First Take will be the day after the NBA Finals conclude. We want to thank Skip for his many contributions to ESPN. His hard work and talent have benefited ESPN for 12 years.
Mike & Mike Hosts Greenberg and Golic Inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, hosts of ESPN Radio’s weekday morning show Mike & Mike, were inducted today into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Las Vegas.
ESPN Audio will offer its first long-form podcasts, “Dunkumentaries,” a five-part series celebrating basketball’s most powerful shot by examining its history, memorable moments, impact and future. To The project is a collaboration between ESPN Audio and ESPN Films, and is sponsored by Seat Geek. All five episodes will be published Tuesday, April 5; they range in length from 12 to 20 minutes. They will be available on the ESPN app, iTunes, and other podcast platforms/apps, as well as on the web, including ESPN.com and espnW.com.
ESPN has reached an agreement with Chris McKendry in which the longtime SportsCenter anchor and host of live events including the Little League World Series will focus on tennis, continuing to front ESPN’s start-to-finish and extensive coverage of three of the sport’s Majors – the Australian and US Opens and Wimbledon.
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