The media or news industry has undergone a massive makeover during the last few years. From stiff collared news readers and reporters to blue and boring sets, to repetitive show formats all have experienced a tremendous level of change. Together with the formats the entire physical aspect of shows has undergone makeovers. As older and 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 requirement for news, be it in the field of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities such as sports.
Sports networks have emerged as among the most important segments of the media industry. Sports enthusiasts from all over the world are looking for a regular feed of information and news in connection with the number of sports that are being played around the world. Sports, too, as a physical activity 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 including baseball, football, basketball, rugby etc which are popular but unconventional sports as action sports for instance 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 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. 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, everyone has the opportunity to play their preferred games which are modeled around the lines of professional sports including football, baseball, basketball, cricket etc. These games have global championships that are 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 will be played during the MLB season. Two media networks that have become 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 additionally taken the initiative of getting 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.
Owing to the diversities within the games there are two championships held each year; one during summer the other during winter 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 these games and can be considered as pioneers in this genre of sports broadcasting.