The media or news industry has undergone a huge makeover over the past several years. From stiff collared news readers and reporters to blue and boring sets, to repetitive show formats all have seen an enormous level of change. Together with the formats the entire physical appearance of shows has undergone makeovers. As older and more established media networks have revamped their look, there are a number of brand new channels or news sites that have sprouted to meet the needs of the ceaseless demand for news, whether it is in the field of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities such as sports.
Sports networks have emerged as one of the most significant segments from the media industry. Sports enthusiasts from all around the globe are looking for a regular feed of news and information regarding the number of sports that are being played across the world. Sports, too, as being a physical exercise has evolved and has gained a wider reach owing to the network of the media or news providers.
These days it is not only the conventional sports including baseball, football, basketball, rugby etc which are popular but unconventional sports as action sports such as surfing, skateboarding, rock and rock climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving etc have also found their fan base. There are a variety of people that practice and participate 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 transforming into a popular source of entertainment, physical sports have been translated into virtual games in the form of fantasy sports. Now, people have the opportunity to play their favorite games that are modeled around the lines of professional sports such as 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 through the MLB season. Two media networks that have become very popular in the fantasy games circuit are ESPN and Yahoo Sports. These two networks provide all of the news, games statistics, scores and player as well as 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 getting X Games popular. X Games are series major action sports championships that are organized and broadcast by ESPN. These games began in 1995 and also have gained its group of fans since.
Due to the diversities within 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 the gold, silver and bronze medals along with the prize money award. ESPN has been the live broadcaster of these games and can be considered as pioneers on this genre of sports broadcasting.