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 experienced an enormous level of change. Together with the formats the complete 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 which have sprouted to meet the needs of the ceaseless requirement for news, whether it is in the area of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities like sports.
Sports networks have emerged as among the most important segments of the media industry. Sports enthusiasts coming from all over the world are looking for a regular feed of information and news regarding the number of sports that 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.
These days it is not just the conventional sports such as baseball, football, basketball, rugby etc which are popular but unconventional sports as action sports for instance surfing, skateboarding, rock and mountain climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving etc have also found their fan base. There are a number of people who 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, everyone has the opportunity to play their preferred games which are modeled around the lines of professional sports including football, baseball, basketball, cricket etc. These games have global championships that are played mirroring the game pattern which the sport is founded 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. 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 which are organized and broadcast by ESPN. These games began in 1995 and have gained its fan base since.
Owing to the diversities within the games there are 2 championships held every year; one during summer and one during winter 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 these games and can be regarded as as pioneers on this genre of sports broadcasting.