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As part of a new agreement between The Walt Disney Company and Twitter, ESPN has unveiled the complete preliminary lineup of live shows and content coming soon to the Twitter platform. The announcements were made this week at Twitter’s NewFront and at ESPN’s inaugural NewFront presentations in New York City.
“Our relationship with Twitter goes as far back as 2007 and is rooted in connecting with fans and driving conversation around sports,” said Ryan Spoon, Senior Vice President, Social Content, ESPN. “For over a decade, ESPN has fostered a Twitter presence unmatched in reach and scale – which has led to terrific engagement and fan interaction. We are tremendously excited about delivering a series of unique, live and interactive shows that will pair the best of Twitter with the best of ESPN.”
Live shows and content from ESPN in development include:
SportsCenter Live – When news breaks, ESPN will bring fans unparalleled coverage in Twitter Moments and Video with @SCLive, a Twitter take on its flagship program and an extension of its popular @SportsCenter handle that reaches more than 35 million sports fans. Blending insight, analysis, and reporting from a wide array of talent and reporters, @SCLive will deliver robust breaking news coverage through the innovation of the Moments experience.
Hoop Streams – Launching just in time for the NBA Playoffs, the show will feature two of the most trusted and respected voices in basketball, David Jacoby and Ryen Russillo, previewing each playoff, conference final and NBA Finals game prior to tip-off. True to the Twitter platform, they will incorporate real-time conversation with fans as they discuss the upcoming match-up.
Fantasy Focus Live – ESPN’s award-winning and most popular fantasy sports podcast will now also be live streamed daily on Twitter. Each morning, fantasy experts Matthew Berry, Field Yates, Stephania Bell and Daniel Dopp will provide player previews, injury reports, game overviews and strategies, as well as featured guests and interviews, throughout the football season. The show will take fan questions and opinions, and engage the Twitter audience using key football moments and social content.
The College Football Show – ESPN’s new weekly show will recap the best highlights of the day and preview the biggest game of the week on every college football Saturday throughout the season. Fans will be able to interact with the show through Twitter.
Rankings Reactions – Coming off its success last year, Rankings Reactions returns with Mike Golic, Jr. and Jason Fitz this upcoming college football season. Each week, Mike and Jason will react to and discuss the latest College Football Playoff rankings from the moment they are first unveiled on October 30 through Selection Day on December 8. Once again, they will bring in audience questions and insights directly from Twitter to the forefront of the conversation.
Other participants from TWDC include ABC, Disney Channel and Freeform, Disney Digital Network, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Radio Disney and Marvel. Live content to launch from these entities under the new agreement will be announced at a later date.
|Kristie Adler, ESPN (Digital)||(646) 547-5637 or [email protected]|
|Ben Cafardo, ESPN (NBA)||(860) 766-3496 or [email protected]|
|Andy Hall, ESPN (SportsCenter)||(386) 492-2246 or [email protected]|
|Bill Hofheimer, ESPN (NFL)||(860) 766-9589 or [email protected]|
|Derek Volner, ESPN (College Football)||(860) 766-8019 or [email protected]|