The media or news industry has undergone a huge 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 an enormous level of change. Along 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 number of brand new channels or news sites that have sprouted to meet the needs of the constant requirement for news, be it 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 around the globe are looking for a daily feed of news and information in connection with the number of sports which are being played across the world. Sports, too, as being a physical activity has evolved and has gained a wider reach due 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 for instance surfing, skateboarding, rock and mountain 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. Together 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, people have the opportunity to play their preferred games that are modeled around the lines of professional sports such as football, baseball, basketball, cricket etc. These games have global championships that happen to be played mirroring the overall 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 shall be played through 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 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 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.
Owing to the diversities within the games there are 2 championships held each year; one during summer and one during wintertime covering the summer and winter sports categories respectively. The participants vie for that 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.