The media or news industry has undergone a huge 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 an enormous amount of change. Along 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 variety of brand new channels or news sites that have sprouted to cater to the constant demand 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 significant segments from the media industry. Sports enthusiasts from all over the world are searching for a regular feed of news and information in connection with the variety of sports which are being played around 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.
These days it is not just the traditional sports including 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 also found their group of followers. There are a number 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, people have the opportunity to play their favorite games which 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 overall 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 shall be played through 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 also taken the initiative of getting X Games popular. X Games are series major action sports championships that are organized and broadcast by ESPN. These games began in 1995 and also have gained its group of fans since.
Owing to the diversities within the games there are two championships held every year; one during summer the other during wintertime covering the summer and winter sports categories respectively. The participants vie for the gold, silver and bronze medals together with the prize money award. ESPN has been the live broadcaster of these games and can be considered as pioneers on this genre of sports broadcasting.