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 experienced a tremendous amount of change. Along with the formats the entire 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 coming from all around the globe are searching for a daily feed of information and news in connection with the number of sports that are being played across 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.
Nowadays it is not just the conventional sports such as baseball, football, basketball, rugby etc which are popular but unconventional sports as action sports such as surfing, skateboarding, rock and rock climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving etc have also found their group of followers. There are a number 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 one of the offshoots of this media change. 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 ability to play their favorite games that are modeled around 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 founded on.
So like MLB baseball has 162 games being played in one season, fantasy baseball too has 162 games that will 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 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 that 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 every 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 such games and can be regarded as as pioneers in this genre of sports broadcasting.