History awaits Down Under as top-seeded Serena Williams seeks her 22nd Major title – tying her with Steffi Graf and the Open Era record (Margaret Court won 24) – against No. 7 Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open Championship on ESPN late Friday, Jan. 29, at 3:30 a.m. ET/12:30 a.m. PT.
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.
Serena vs. Radwanska, Kerber to Face Surprise Semifinalist Konta
Federer-Djokovic XLV at 3:30 a.m….Fans Need to Decide: Stay Up or Get Up?
48 Major Singles Titles Represented
“(Djokovic) is as complete of a tennis player as I’ve ever seen.” – Gilbert
“I think Halep could win a major.” – Evert
“Never underestimate a Williams.” – Gilbert
“It just shows by changing coaches (Federer)’s still in the hunt and still really wants it badly. He definitely could still win a major.” – Evert
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Can Anyone Stop Serena Williams & Novak Djokovic? Defending Champs Won Three Majors in 2015
In 2015, as the media technology landscape continued to evolve, creating new opportunities to connect with consumers, ESPN focused simultaneously on its unmatched lineup of live, premiere events – increasingly the strongest content on television in terms of live viewing – and the numerous new ways fans keep in touch with the sports they love via digital products, mobile, WatchESPN, apps, podcasts, and more.
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ESPN’s Total Day Average Audience is 25% Larger than all non-ESPN Sports Networks Combined
ESPN and the ATP have finalized an agreement that will continue television coverage of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Canada and Cincinnati each summer starting in 2016. The coverage – part of ESPN’s continuing extensive schedule of the Emirates Airline US Open Series– totals nearly 50 hours and covers the last four … Read More
Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic – who also won in 2008 – leads the elite field of eight at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with weeklong coverage totaling 60 hours on ESPN3 starting Sunday, Nov. 15, with ESPN2 joining for 10 hours starting Thursday, Nov. 19, concluding with the championship live Sunday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. ET.
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