The media or news industry has undergone a huge 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 an enormous level of change. Along with the formats the entire physical appearance 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 which have sprouted to meet the needs of the constant demand for news, be it in the area of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities like sports.
Sports networks have emerged as one of the most significant segments of the media industry. Sports enthusiasts from all over the world are searching for a daily feed of news and information regarding the variety of sports which are being played around the world. Sports, too, as a physical activity has evolved and has 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 also found their group of followers. 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 one of the offshoots of this media change. Together with the internet becoming 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 which are modeled on the lines of professional sports such as football, baseball, basketball, cricket etc. These games have global championships that are played mirroring the overall game pattern which 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 extremely popular in the fantasy games circuit are ESPN and Yahoo Sports. These two networks provide all 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 of the action out of this sports world.
ESPN has also taken the initiative of making X Games popular. X Games are series major action sports championships which are organized and broadcast by ESPN. These games began in 1995 and also have gained its fan base since.
Due to the diversities within the games there are two championships held each year; one during summer the other during winter covering the summer and winter sports categories respectively. The participants vie for the gold, silver and bronze medals together with the prize money award. ESPN has been the live broadcaster of these games and can be regarded as as pioneers in this genre of sports broadcasting.