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 seen an enormous amount of change. Along 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 variety of new channels or news sites which have sprouted to meet the needs of the ceaseless requirement for news, be it in the area of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities like sports.
Sports networks have emerged as among the most significant segments of the media industry. Sports enthusiasts coming from all over the world are looking for a daily feed of information and news in connection with the variety of sports which are being played across the world. Sports, too, as being a physical exercise has evolved and has gained a wider reach due to the network of the media or news providers.
Nowadays it is not just the traditional sports including baseball, football, basketball, rugby etc which are popular but unconventional sports as action sports such as surfing, skateboarding, rock and mountain climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving etc have also found their group of followers. There are a variety 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 some of the offshoots of this media change. 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 on 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 during the MLB season. Two media networks that have become extremely popular in the fantasy games circuit are ESPN and Yahoo Sports. Both of these 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 of the action from this sports world.
ESPN has additionally taken the initiative of making 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.
Due to the diversities in the games there are 2 championships held every 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 together with the prize money award. ESPN continues to be the live broadcaster of such games and can be regarded as as pioneers on this genre of sports broadcasting.