The media or news industry has undergone a massive 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 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 which have sprouted to cater to the ceaseless demand for news, be it in the field of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities like sports.
Sports networks have emerged as one of the most important segments from the media industry. Sports enthusiasts 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 around the world. Sports, too, as a physical exercise has evolved and has gained a wider reach owing to the network of the media or news providers.
These days it is not only the traditional sports including baseball, football, basketball, rugby etc that 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 who 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 some 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, people have the opportunity to play their preferred games which 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 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 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 of the action out of this sports world.
ESPN has also 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 fan base since.
Owing to the diversities within the games there are two championships held each 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 continues to be the live broadcaster of such games and can be regarded as as pioneers on this genre of sports broadcasting.