The media or news industry has undergone a massive makeover during the last several years. From stiff collared news readers and reporters to blue and boring sets, to repetitive show formats all have experienced a tremendous amount of change. Together with the formats the complete physical appearance of shows has undergone makeovers. As older and more established media networks have revamped their look, there are a number of new channels or news sites which have sprouted to cater to the constant demand for news, whether it is in the area of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities like 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 looking for a daily feed of news and information regarding the number of sports that are being played across the world. Sports, too, as a physical activity 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 which are popular but unconventional sports as action sports for instance 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. Together with the internet becoming a popular source of entertainment, physical sports have already been translated into virtual games in the form of fantasy sports. Now, everyone has the ability to play their favorite 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 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 shall be played through 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 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 making X Games popular. X Games are series major action sports championships that are organized and broadcast by ESPN. These games began in 1995 and have gained its fan base since.
Due to the diversities within the games there are 2 championships held each year; one during summer and one 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 continues to be the live broadcaster of these games and can be considered as pioneers in this genre of sports broadcasting.