April 01, 2005

Reflecting on 10 years of ESPN.com: ESPN.com looks back at their first 10 years, picks the 100 best games during that time, and looks to the future.

posted by kirkaracha to culture at 12:54 PM - 11 comments

I can't live without ESPN.Com, but I'm loathe to look into this anniversary celebration for a simple reason: There is no media organization on Earth that makes a bigger deal of its anniversaries than ESPN.

posted by rcade at 01:19 PM on April 01, 2005

How bout that! ESPN has found another way to promote itself...

posted by daddisamm at 03:11 PM on April 01, 2005

The only ESPN web property I frequent is Soccernet.com, which is completely different than the main site. ESPN.com is too heavy, to busy, too garish.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:25 PM on April 01, 2005

ESPN is most definitely the biggest thing to EVER happen to sports, and for that I say "Thanks". That being said, it's self-promoting agenda has become increasingly intolerable, and in my opinion ESPN has definitely gone downhill since the Big Mouse became head honcho.

posted by stockman at 03:43 PM on April 01, 2005

I don't care what ESPN does as long as it involves getting rid of the guy with the deliberately scratchy voice who does the ad voiceovers during sportscenter.

posted by mbd1 at 05:07 PM on April 01, 2005

They have become an over-hyped network covering sprots in tabloid style. Making stories from sound bytes. Sportscenter is getting so hard to watch.. The specialty shows-baseball tonight-are downright silly. The ex-athlete "experts" tend to make me ill. Prime examples of this are: Reynolds and Kruk. They are so wrapped up in themsleves. More than that, they tend to have their own agendas when reporting...... The Yankee-SOx opener on Sunday night is being hailed as "the War of the Worlds" Its like the Yanks and the Sox are the only two teams in MLB...... They are big and bad and they spend the most money in baseball--that doesnt mean that they are the only stories in baseball. Oops I forgot steroids and saga of Barry... Another case in point, ESPN barely mentioned the passing of Twins PA announcer Bob Casey. If that would have been the long time Yankee announcer(I forget his name) we would have heard all kinds grand stories about him. From what I have read, Both men have similar local legacies. Us folks out here in the heartland like our people to get some "love"once in a while. I sound bitter, and I shouldnt. I do "use ESPN" because the alternatives as about the same or worse. Dont get me started on FOX Sports Happy 10th ESPN.com and many many more One more question--why to we have all of these DRama shows on a sports network??--I dont get it sorry for the rant also--is poker really a sport?????

posted by daddisamm at 05:28 PM on April 01, 2005

I'm with you on everything except Yankees-Sox; the reality is that Yankees-Sox has attracted more viewers to baseball (according to Neilsen) than anything since well before the strike ('91), so it's hard to blame ESPN for hyping it. Otherwise, yeah, ESPN is merely less bad than all the alternatives.

posted by tieguy at 05:40 PM on April 01, 2005

Oh FFS. They are doing an interview with the 'Fever Pitch' !@#!@#!@s. Never mind any slack I just cut them.

posted by tieguy at 05:44 PM on April 01, 2005

Yes, the yankees and Sox attrack a lot of viewers. I wont argue about that. Thats not my point. The national sports media treat this rivalry like its the only game in town. That no other team has a fighting chance. These are two reallly good baseball teams--But what about the others teams. Tell us something about the other teams in the league... It like they are trying to tell me what story is more important.. I follow baseball fore more tha just the Yankees and the Sox-I like knowing what all the teams are doing. I like watching different teams play. I hope they enjoy this milestone--Next month, we'll find out that ESPN has reached another place in history.... That said, Lets play ball!

posted by daddisamm at 09:08 PM on April 01, 2005

Thankfully, I don't get ESPN - I get it's cheap non-union Canadian equivalent TSNergo. More curling, less real sports.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 11:40 AM on April 02, 2005

They have ruined the site by killing the homepage. 2001 was their prime year. Great layout, easy to load, nothing heavy. Now it's just saturated.

posted by pgrote at 11:03 AM on April 04, 2005

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