The media or news industry has undergone a massive 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 amount of change. Along with the formats the complete physical aspect of shows has undergone makeovers. As older and more established media networks have revamped their look, there are a variety of new channels or news sites that have sprouted to meet the needs of the ceaseless requirement for news, be it in the field of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities like sports.
Sports networks have emerged as among the most significant segments from the media industry. Sports enthusiasts from all over the world are looking for a regular feed of information and news in connection with the number of sports which are being played across the world. Sports, too, as a physical exercise has evolved and has gained a wider reach due to the network of the media or news providers.
These days it is not only the traditional sports such as baseball, football, basketball, rugby etc that are popular but unconventional sports as action sports for instance surfing, skateboarding, rock and rock climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving etc have likewise found their group of followers. There are a variety of people who 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. Together with the internet transforming into a popular source of entertainment, physical sports have already been translated into virtual games in the form of fantasy sports. Now, everyone has the opportunity to play their favorite games that 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 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 that have become very 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 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 group of fans since.
Owing to the diversities within the games there are 2 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 together with the prize money award. ESPN has been the live broadcaster of such games and can be considered as pioneers on this genre of sports broadcasting.