The media or news industry has undergone a huge makeover over the past 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 appearance 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 which have sprouted to cater to the ceaseless 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 coming from all around the globe are searching for a regular feed of information and news regarding the variety of sports which are being played around the world. Sports, too, as being a physical exercise has evolved and has gained a wider reach owing to the network of the media or news providers.
Nowadays 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 rock climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving etc have likewise found their fan base. There are a variety of people that 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 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 including football, baseball, basketball, cricket etc. These games have global championships that are 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 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 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 of the action from this sports world.
ESPN has also 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 also have gained its group of fans since.
Due to the diversities in the games there are 2 championships held every year; one during summer the other during wintertime 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 regarded as as pioneers in this genre of sports broadcasting.