The media or news industry has undergone a huge makeover during the last few years. From stiff collared news readers and reporters to blue and boring sets, to repetitive show formats all have seen a tremendous level of change. Along with the formats the complete physical appearance 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 meet the needs of the ceaseless demand for news, whether it is in the area of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities such as sports.
Sports networks have emerged as one of the most important segments of the media industry. Sports enthusiasts from all over the world are looking for a daily feed of information and news in connection with the number of sports which are being played around the world. Sports, too, as being a physical exercise 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 which are popular but unconventional sports as action sports for instance surfing, skateboarding, rock and mountain 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 one of the offshoots of this media change. Together with the internet transforming into a popular source of entertainment, physical sports have been translated into virtual games in the form of fantasy sports. Now, everyone has the ability to play their preferred games which are modeled on the lines of professional sports such as football, baseball, basketball, cricket etc. These games have global championships that are played mirroring the 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 through 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 of 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 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.
Owing 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 the gold, silver and bronze medals along with the prize money award. ESPN continues to be the live broadcaster of such games and can be considered as pioneers in this genre of sports broadcasting.