ESPN, ABC Kick Off Annual Winter X Games This Week

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The eyes of the world will be on Sochi, Russia next month.  That’s because the people of Sochi will be hosting the Winter Olympics this year.  Before this year’s winter games kick off, ESPN’s annual Winter X Games will be the center of attention.

ESPN’s annual Winter X Games kick off this Thursday, January 23rd and runs through this Sunday, January 26th.  The Worldwide Leader in Sports celebrates a big anniversary as it celebrates its thirteenth anniversary holding the Winter X Games in Aspen.  Fans of the Winter X Games will have a lot to look forward to at this year’s event.  Both Snowboarder X and Snowmobile Long Jump return.  And making their debut this year are: Snowboard and Ski Slopestyle as well as Ski Superpipe.  The Winter X Games are the last stop for this year’s Olympians before they head to Sochi next month.  And audiences can check out in depth coverage of this year’s Winter X Games as ESPN and ABC will air a combined sixteen hours of live X Games Aspen coverage.  An additional ten hours of coverage will be available via ESPN3 and ESPN’s digital platforms.  This includes: XGames.com, X Games app, and the official X Games Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages.

Live television coverage of X Games Aspen begins this Thursday night at 9pm ET on ESPN.  More information on this year’s X Games Aspen coverage is available online at http://xgames.espn.go.com/, http://www.facebook.com/XGames, http://twitter.com/xgames, http://www.xgames.com, and http://xgames.tumblr.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Networks Win Five Sports Emmys

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ESPN proved once again Tuesday night why it is “The Sports Leader.”  The ESPN family of networks took home five Sports Emmy Awards Tuesday night at the 34th annual Sports Emmy Awards.  The annual awards program is put on by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Among its awards were top honors for journalism, technical and creative excellence and marketing.

ESPN2’s E:60 took home the award for Journalism for its feature, “Beitar Jerusalem.”  The feature focused on the Beitar Jerusalem Soccer team and its infamous fan base.  Audiences saw firsthand the behavior of the team’s overly devoted fans and its sometimes overtly racist tendencies.  ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap and a filming crew went to Israel to film the feature.  The award for this feature was the fifth Sports Emmy in four years for E:60.

ESPN’s Outside The Lines brought home Sports Emmy for its feature, “Breaking The Silence.”  This feature focuses on the story of Monika Korra. Korra, a native of Norway, was a member of SMU’s cross country team.  While a member of the team, she was raped by three men.  But through her personal strength, she went on to help find the men and convict her assailants.  She now speaks publicly about such acts of violence.  “Breaking The Silence” won the Sports Emmy for Short Format Camerawork.  It Outside The Lines host Bob Ley worked with ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi for the feature.  The award is the fifteenth Sports Emmy for the show.

Full features weren’t the only things for which ESPN received awards.  It also brought home a Sports Emmy for its “It’s not crazy, it’s sports” promotional campaign.  The campaign brought home the award for Best Promo-Institutional.  One of the more memorable spots in the campaign told the story of a man named Michael Jordan who lived in Chicago.  The man in question was not the famed basketball legend.  Audiences can check out the promo at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxBBN3ZnYeU

ESPN’s recent upstart network, ESPN 3D brought home its own award yesterday.  It defended its 2012 award in the Technical Team Remote category, winning this year for its coverage of the Winter X Games.  ESPN 3D is the only all-sports 3D network on television today.

In the category of New Approaches – Short Form, ESPN’s Sports Science won its third Sports Emmy in as many years.

Yesterday’s wins bring the total number of Sports Emmys for the ESPN family of networks to one hundred and fifty three in its twenty-six years of eligibility. 

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