The media or news industry has undergone a massive makeover over the past few years. From stiff collared news readers and reporters to blue and boring sets, to repetitive show formats all have seen a tremendous amount of change. Along with the formats the entire physical aspect of shows has undergone makeovers. As older and much more established media networks have revamped their look, there are a variety of brand new channels or news sites that have sprouted to cater to the constant requirement for news, be it in the area of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities like sports.
Sports networks have emerged as among the most important segments from the media industry. Sports enthusiasts coming from all over the world are looking for a regular feed of news and information regarding the variety of sports which are being played across the world. Sports, too, as a physical activity has evolved and has now gained a wider reach due to the network of the media or news providers.
Nowadays it is not only the conventional sports such as baseball, football, basketball, rugby etc that are popular but unconventional sports as action sports such as surfing, skateboarding, rock and rock climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving etc have likewise found their fan base. There are a variety of people that practice and take part in these adrenalin pumping extreme sports, thus increasing its popularity and encouraging several media and news networks to come up and cover these events.
Fantasy sports, too, are some of the offshoots of this media change. With the internet becoming a popular source of entertainment, physical sports have already been translated into virtual games in the form of fantasy sports. Now, people have the opportunity to play their preferred games that are modeled around the lines of professional sports including football, baseball, basketball, cricket etc. These games have global championships that happen to be played mirroring the overall game pattern that the sport is based on.
So like MLB baseball has 162 games being played in one season, fantasy baseball too has 162 games that will be played during the MLB season. Two media networks which are currently very popular in the fantasy games circuit are ESPN and Yahoo Sports. Both of these networks provide all the news, games statistics, scores and player along with team standings. ESPN network even comes up with a fantasy sports newsletter that covers all the action from this sports world.
ESPN has additionally taken the initiative of making X Games popular. X Games are series major action sports championships that are organized and broadcast by ESPN. These games began in 1995 and have gained its fan base since.
Due to the diversities in the games there are two championships held every year; one during summer and one during wintertime covering the summer and winter sports categories respectively. The participants vie for that gold, silver and bronze medals along with the prize money award. ESPN continues to be the live broadcaster of such games and can be regarded as as pioneers on this genre of sports broadcasting.