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August 17, 2015

ESPN Receives Five 2015 Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN

On August 8 in Minneapolis, ESPN won five 2015 Salute to Excellence Awards at the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) 40th annual convention.

July 29, 2015

ESPN Employees Are Honored to be Among 30 Disney VoluntEARS at 2015 Special Olympics

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN

Of the 30 Walt Disney Company VoluntEARS selected through an application process to work at Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, eight are ESPN employees.

Topics: ESPN
July 23, 2015

Robin Roberts’ Special Olympics Preview: “A Labor of Love”

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN

Between her weekday duties as an anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) and preparation to host the Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics World Games on Saturday, July 25, Robin Roberts has been burning the candle at both ends.

May 27, 2015

Enhanced ESPN 3 and WatchESPN Coverage of Scripps National Spelling Bee Lets Viewers Test Their Skills

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN

When America’s best young wordsmiths compete in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals today and Thursday, viewers will be able “play along” via formats available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN platforms.

Topics: ESPN
March 30, 2015

Inside Jeff Goodman’s NCAA Tournament “Marathon Man” experience

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN
ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman has been all over the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship like a full-court press. To kick off the tournament, Goodman completed an ambitious four-state, four-day trip covering four different teams as the NCAA tournament’s first full weekend started.
Topics: ESPN
Tags: ESPN, NCAA
March 19, 2015

ESPN’s Andy Katz Follows President Obama’s NCAA Bracket Predictions from the White House to the Smithsonian

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN

For seven years, a visit to the White House has been one rite of spring for ESPN.com senior basketball writer Andy Katz. He’s had the unique distinction of unveiling President Barack Obama’s bracket predictions for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships on SportsCenter.

Topics: ESPN
February 20, 2015

Kevin Costner’s Long Relationship with Disney Endures with 'McFarland, USA'

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN
Actor Kevin Costner’s latest film role, starring as inspirational high school coach Jim White in McFarland, USA, opening today, continues his long relationship with The Walt Disney Company.
January 13, 2015

College Football Playoffs National Championship One of Top 20 Most-Viewed Programs in Cable TV History

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN
For the first time in college football history, the National Champion—the Ohio State Buckeyes—was determined by a Playoff. On January 1, the two semifinal games of the newly established College Football Playoff (CFP) determined which two teams would play for the title. In fantastic, back-to-back games, the Oregon Ducks rolled over the Seminoles from Florida State in the Rose Bowl, and the Buckeyes from The Ohio State University outlasted the Crimson Tide of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The games proved a ratings bonanza for ESPN—the two semifinal games played on New Year’s Day had an average TV rating of 15.0 and an average audience of 28.2 million viewers. And both games ranked among the highest-rated shows in cable television history. Last night, the Ducks and the Buckeyes dueled in the championship game on ESPN, and for anyone who loves big events, it was an ultimate can’t-miss game. According to Nielsen, the Monday night telecast of the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T averaged 33,395,000 viewers and an 18.2 US household rating, which beat the New Year’s Day record to deliver both the largest audience and highest rating in cable television history. But there’s another important milestone to highlight. By airing key NFL and college football games throughout last year, ESPN was the most-watched cable network in primetime in 2014. And with the ratings success of the Oregon-Ohio State College Football Playoff National Championship, ESPN telecasts now claim every spot in cable’s all-time Top 20. Visit ESPN Front Row to view a chart of the Top 20 Most-Viewed Programs in Cable Television.
October 27, 2014

ESPN Digital Media Reaches 94 Million Fans in September

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN
With a seamless, multi-platform experience, ESPN reaches millions of viewers and fans on their mobile devices every day. September marked new digital milestones for the network as it reached a record-setting 94 million unique visitors in the U.S. alone. In looking at last year’s totals, that’s a 29 percent increase.

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