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 seen a tremendous level of change. Together with the formats the entire 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 that have sprouted to meet the needs of the ceaseless requirement for news, whether it is in the field of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities such as sports.
Sports networks have emerged as among the most significant segments from the media industry. Sports enthusiasts from all over the world are searching for a regular feed of news and information in connection with the number of sports that 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 such as 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 group of followers. 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 already been translated into virtual games in the form of fantasy sports. Now, everyone has the opportunity to play their favorite games which are modeled around the lines of professional sports such as football, baseball, basketball, cricket etc. These games have global championships that are 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 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 fan base since.
Owing to the diversities within the games there are two championships held every year; one during summer the other 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 considered as pioneers on this genre of sports broadcasting.