ESPN’s Quarantine Protocol

Erin Kim, Staff Writer

Even without sports due to the pandemic, ESPN, a leading sports broadcasting network, along with other sports media, has found content to air to millions of sports fans.

In response to postponed sports seasons, ESPN has adopted a new 24-hour schedule and has been playing archival content for viewers to enjoy, in addition to working on obtaining legal rights to air full classic games. ESPN has also announced that it will begin introducing special event initiatives in order to keep viewers entertained.

One of these initiatives was bringing back “the Ocho” for 24 hours on March 22, which featured the world’s lesser known sports, such as stone skipping, hamburger eating and cherry pit spitting. ESPN also looks to incorporate new ideas that people have been forwarding to them in light of the current situation.

“While it’s great that ESPN is coming up with different content to compensate for the cancellation of sports, some of it is not interesting to watch, like the spelling bee marathon,” junior Arjun Panchagatti said.

Sports broadcasters have also been hosting studio shows, interviewing players and executives to discuss the newest updates about the coronavirus pandemic from a sports perspective.

Certain sports broadcasters from ESPN such as Mina Kaimes have decided to create their own podcasts to report on the sports world, reminiscing on the times prior to lockdown.

In addition, ESPN has begun to stream themed games on its online and television platforms. Examples of this include the best Memorial Day baseball games. In addition, in order to allow college basketball fans the esteemed March Madness tournament, ESPN is trying to gain the rights to college basketball from CBS, allowing fans across the globe to wait in anticipation.

However, there continues to be some live sports taking center stage on ESPN2, such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fight, bringing more awareness to the smaller sports that are overshadowed by sports biggest and brightest names.

In addition, ESPN’s famed “30 for 30” documentary series will be aired more often on the channel, exciting fans across the globe.

Lastly, the sports news prior to the coronavirus pandemic will seem to suffice until lockdown is over. Tom Brady’s recent departure from New England to Tampa Bay has caused sports analysts across the country to analyze the situation, speculating Super Bowl chances and potential playoff seeding in the National Football League (NFL).

With the English Premier League restarting on June 17, the hiatus on sports will not be for long.

But until order are lifted, commentators are staying busy.

Andrew Cotter from BBC Sports has taken his time during quarantine to commentate a video clip of his two dogs racing to finish their food; similarly others like Josh Lewin from WEEI are posting videos narrating their lives at home, whether it be about their pets.

These adjustments to life in quarantine show the skills of sports broadcasting networks as they continue to excite fans with their signature calls, helping viewers bear the lockdown and maintain a sense of normalcy.