ESPN Sheds Light On ‘Ultimate Chicago Sports Destination’
Nightly ‘Chicago SportsCenter’ for sports behemoth
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/23/2009 5:29:40 PM
ESPN will draw on the Chicago connections of staff talent like Gene Wojciechowski and Scoop Jackson to launch its locally focused ESPNChicago.com. The Website will cover both pro and amateur sports, the highlights popping up on a nightly 3-5 minute Webcast called Chicago SportsCenter, which may run longer if the material calls for it.
Once the Chicago outfit is in place, ESPN VP of Digital Media Marc Horine says the sports giant will roll the model out in subsequent markets, though he won’t say which is next. Chicago was a logical choice for the program, he says, due to the high number of Chicago-based visitors to ESPN.com, the city’s rich sports culture, and the presence of both a local ESPN radio franchise and sales outfit. “We felt the time was right to pool together all the resources in the company,” he says, “and build the ultimate Chicago sports destination.”
The venture launches in April, and Horine says high school sports—a growing area of specialty for local broadcasters as ESPN dominates the pro and college ranks—will be a prominent part of the mix. “We plan to cover high school sports as in-depth as possible,” he says.
espn won't disclose publically the other markets they plan to do this in.. but a quick domain search and espn owns similar market specific web addresses in san francisco, new york, atlanta, orlando, indianapolis.. most of them registered just last month.
would love to know how they're going to do the local sporscenter.. hopefully this means some hiring for all of the local tv sports folks who've been cut over the past year.
damn yankees - 2/24/2009 4:58:13 PM EST
No related content found.
No Top Articles