The media or news industry has undergone a massive makeover during the last few years. From stiff collared news readers and reporters to blue and boring sets, to repetitive show formats all have experienced an enormous level of change. Together with the formats the complete physical aspect 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 meet the needs of the constant requirement 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 of the media industry. Sports enthusiasts coming from all around the globe are searching for a daily feed of information and news regarding the number of sports which are being played across the world. Sports, too, as a physical exercise has evolved and has now gained a wider reach owing to the network of the media or news providers.
Nowadays it is not only the conventional 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 likewise found their group of followers. 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 one of the offshoots of this media change. 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 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 that the sport is based 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 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 as well as team standings. ESPN network even comes up with a fantasy sports newsletter that covers all the action out of 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 have gained its group of fans 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 that gold, silver and bronze medals together 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.