The media or news industry has undergone a huge makeover during the last 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. Together 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 number of new channels or news sites that have sprouted to meet the needs of the constant requirement for news, be it in the field of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities such as sports.
Sports networks have emerged as one of the most important segments from the media industry. Sports enthusiasts coming from all around the globe 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 exercise 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 traditional sports including 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 number 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 one 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 preferred games that are modeled on the lines of professional sports including football, baseball, basketball, cricket etc. These games have global championships that happen to be played mirroring the game pattern that 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 through 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 of 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 out of 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 also have gained its group of fans since.
Owing to the diversities in 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 along with the prize money award. ESPN has been the live broadcaster of such games and can be regarded as as pioneers in this genre of sports broadcasting.