The media or news industry has undergone a massive makeover over the past few 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 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 cater to the ceaseless 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 significant segments from the media industry. Sports enthusiasts from all over the world are searching for a daily feed of news and information in connection with the number of sports that are being played around the world. Sports, too, as being a physical exercise has evolved and has now gained a wider reach owing 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 mountain climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving etc have likewise found their fan base. 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 becoming a popular source of entertainment, physical sports have been translated into virtual games in the form of fantasy sports. Now, people have the ability to play their favorite games that 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 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 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 as well as team standings. ESPN network even comes up with a fantasy sports newsletter that covers all of 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 also have gained its group of fans since.
Due to the diversities in the games there are two championships held each 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 together with the prize money award. ESPN continues to be the live broadcaster of such games and can be considered as pioneers on this genre of sports broadcasting.