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Encyclopedia > ESPN2
ESPN2
Type Cable Television Network
Country United States
Availability    National
Owner ESPN Inc. (The Walt Disney Company)
Launch date October 1, 1993
Past names None
Website ESPN2 Website

ESPN2 debuted on October 1, 1993, as a sister station of ESPN. Nicknamed "the deuce," ESPN2 was to be branded as a network for a younger generation of sports fans featuring edgier graphics as well as extreme sports like motocross, snowboarding, and BMX racing. This mandate was phased out by 2001, as the channel increasingly served as a second outlet for ESPN's mainstream sports coverage. Image File history File links ESPN 2 Logo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1993 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1993 in television involved some significant events. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... A rider using a berm to corner during a motocross race in Australia Motocross (often shortened to MX or MotoX) is a form of motorcycle sport or all-terrain vehicle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits. ... Snowboarder in a half-pipe Snowboarder on trial Snowboarding is a sport that involves descending a snow-covered slope on a snowboard that is attached to ones feet using a boot/binding interface. ... A BMX Race. ...

Contents

1993-2001

One of several logos from ESPN2's early days. These "graffiti 2" logos were used until 2001.

Image File history File links One of several original ESPN2 logos. ... Image File history File links One of several original ESPN2 logos. ...

Style

The original ESPN2 graphics featured the letters "ESPN" in several fonts, one of which was its traditional script, with the only consistency being the '2' that looked like spray painted graffiti. On-screen graphics used an odd font with random capital letters, as "tHis iS aN ExAMplE". No announcers wore ties and traditional sports had "deuce names", NASCAR was "Hell on Wheels", the NHL was "Fire on Ice", and so on. Graffiti (strictly, as singular, graffito, from the Italian — graffiti being the plural) are images or letters applied without permission to publicly viewable surfaces such as walls or bridges. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... “NHL” redirects here. ...


SportsNight

The first program on ESPN2 was SportsNight, a sports news hybrid featuring Keith Olbermann and Suzy Kolber. The debut was noted by Olbermann's statement at the beginning of transmission: "Good evening, and welcome to the end of my career." Several notable ESPN personalities debuted on ESPN2's SportsNight, among them Stuart Scott and Kenny Mayne. Keith Olbermann (born January 27, 1959) is an American news anchor, commentator and radio sportscaster. ... Suzy Kolber (born May 14, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a football sideline reporter, co-producer, and anchor for ESPN and ABC Sports. ... Stuart Scott (born July 19, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American sportscaster for ESPN, most visibly as an anchor on SportsCenter. ... Kenny Mayne (born September 1, 1959) is a sports journalist for ESPN. A native of Kent, Washington, Mayne was an honorable mention junior college All-American quarterback in 1978 at Wenatchee Valley Community College in Wenatchee, WA. Kenny graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1982, with a degree...


Experimental broadcasts

In its early years, ESPN2 was used for some experimental sports broadcasts. On September 18, 1994, ESPN covered the CART Nazareth 200, and ESPN2 featured a live simulcast with an all on-board camera broadcast. ESPN2 featured several half-hour news programs focused on specific sports, such as NFL 2Night (football), NHL 2Night (hockey), and RPM 2Night (auto racing). As early as 1996, ESPN2 debuted a sports news ticker, dubbed the "BottomLine," which was present throughout almost the entire day, rather than just at the top and bottom of the hour as it has been done on ESPN. ESPN2's sports telecasts were also among the first to regularly use a scoring bug. September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... The year 1994 in television involved some significant events. ... “CART” redirects here. ... Nazareth Speedway Track was a motor racing circuit in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. ... NFL Live is a name that has been used as the title of two National Football League-related shows. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... NHL 2Night was a TV show that had highlights of NHL games five nights a week on ESPN2. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... RPM2Night was a American nightly news program seen on ESPN2 that was devoted entirely to motorsports. ... “Racing cars” redirects here. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... A News Ticker is a small screen space on News television networks dedicated to headlines or minor pieces of news. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... In a typical digital on screen graphic, the stations logo appears in a corner of the screen. ...


Not a success

Though the "ESPN2 Attitude" was one of the main inspirations for launching the X Games, this format was, in an overall sense, not successful. The so-called MTV Generation was not interested in sports pandered to them in this way, and traditional sports fans were turned off by the youthful gimmick, and several cable companies still refused to include ESPN2 in their basic lineups. The channel was then reformatted. ESPN X Games logo The X Games is an annual multi-sport event with a focus on action sports. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ...


ESPN2 since 2001

Beginning in 2001, ESPN2 began to offer much of the same programming as ESPN, often airing spill over programs from "The Mothership." Graphics and announcer dress became nearly the same as ESPN, only using blue where ESPN uses red, plus the addition of the "2" at the end of the logo. The blue color scheme changed to red in 2007.


Programming

ESPN First Take logo.

Sports events presented on ESPN2 tend to be alternative sports such as poker, billiards, lumberjacking, extreme sports and, more recently, drum and bugle corps. However, in recent years ESPN2 has broadcast increasingly more mainstream sporting events, including much of the 2006 World Baseball Classic, many Major League Soccer, and NCAA Basketball games, WNBA on Tuesdays.NASCAR Busch Series races on Saturday afternoons, and the Grand Slam Tennis tournaments the Australian Open, The French Open and Wimbledon. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 359 pixelsFull resolution (2543 × 1140 pixel, file size: 189 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 359 pixelsFull resolution (2543 × 1140 pixel, file size: 189 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... A game of Texas hold em in progress. ... This article is about the various cue sports. ... Lumberjacks in Oregon, c. ... Extreme sports (now also known as action sports) is a general, somewhat hazily-defined term for a collection of newer sports involving adrenaline-inducing action. ... Drum Corps International (DCI), formed in 1972, is the non-profit governing body operating the North American drum and bugle corps circuit for junior corps, whose members are between the ages of 14 and 22. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... The World Baseball Classic, sometimes abbreviated WBC, is an international baseball tournament, first held in March 2006. ... Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ... NCAA Basketball (known as World League Basketball in Europe [1])is a basketball video game developed by Sculptured Software for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. ... WNBA may also refer to WNBA-AM, a radio station in Illinois. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the... In tennis, a singles player or doubles team that wins all four Grand Slam titles in the same year is said to have achieved the Grand Slam or a Calendar Year Grand Slam. ... Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows, New York Tennis is a game played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players (doubles). ... The Australian Open tennis tournament, now held annually during the last two weeks of January, but formerly held in December in many years, is chronologically the first of the worlds four major tournaments which together constitute the Grand Slam. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly referred to as Wimbledon, is the oldest major championship in tennis and is widely considered to be the most prestigious. ...


ESPN2's flagship show, the morning sports/entertainment program Cold Pizza, has achieved minimal success and seen several format and host changes. In January 2006, it was supplanted by the TV simulcast of ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning (which moved from ESPNEWS) and moved to a later time slot (10a-12n EST). In May 2007, Cold Pizza moved from New York City to the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, and was renamed ESPN First Take. Cold Pizza is a television morning sports talk show that airs weekday mornings on ESPN2 and is also the networks flagship program. ... January 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accuses European nations of trying to complete the Holocaust by creating a Jewish camp Israel in the Middle East. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ... ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... ESPNEWS (word origin: grammatical blend of ESPN and news), launched on November 1, 1996, is a 24-hour-a-day sports news television channel produced by the sports network ESPN. It airs news, highlights, press conferences, and commentary by analysts all in relation to sports. ... May 2007 is the fifth month of that year. ... The year 2007 in television involves some significant events. ... ESPN First Take, is a new morning show on ESPN2 that will be replacing ESPN2s Cold Pizza beginning May 7, 2007. ...


Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith, a program that featured interviews with popular sports figures, had averaged extremely low ratings[1][2], and had also faced several time slot changes, until it was finally canceled in January 2007. Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith was a nightly one-hour television show on ESPN2 hosted by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and ESPN reporter, Stephen A. Smith. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: Crystal ball, user has created future months and dates before, and been told not to (See User Talk:Jose and Ricardo). ...


Every Saturday morning on ESPN2 is "Bass Saturday" which Bass Fishing programs are shown.


On-screen graphics

The "2" does not feature the signature stripe through the font like the other letters in the logo. ESPN's sports ticker, the "BottomLine", continues to run at the bottom of the screen, featured on all ESPN2 programs, whereas ESPN still only features the ticker during its highlights programs and at :18 and :58 on the hour during live game coverage. ESPN2 now appears in 89 million homes in the United States, eleven million fewer than ESPN. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


Conversion to ESPN branding

On February 1, 2007, the sports-media blog Deadspin reported that ESPN2 branding will be soon dropped entirely, in favor of ESPN, for the channel's in-game graphics, similar to the current ESPN branding on ABC sports broadcasts. The ESPN2 brand would be retained only for identification between the two channels, such as in the BottomLine.[3] This change took place in full effect on February 12, 2007, as all on-air graphics (scorebox, transitional, mic flags, etc.) began using the ESPN logo rather than the ESPN2 logo. Another, more subtle change was made to the BottomLine, which is now red like the version of the BottomLine used on the main network; as expected, the ESPN2 logo remained on the BottomLine to further distinguish ESPN and ESPN2. is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Deadspin is a sports website owned by Gawker Media that claims to deliver sports without access, favor or discretion. ... ESPN on ABC logo, September 2006-Present ESPN on ABC screenshot, HD version. ...


Simulcasting

ESPN2 has also simulcast many games with ESPN, in ESPN Full Circle where each ESPN network (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU) carries a different camera angle or commentary of big college matchups. ESPN Full Circle logo ESPN Full Circle is a presentation of a sporting event that airs on every ESPN network. ... ESPNU is a television channel that specializes in college sports, and is produced by, affiliated with and owned by parent network ESPN. The network was launched on March 4, 2005 from the Oklahoma State University Campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma. ...


ESPN2 also simulcasts some ESPNEWS programming, often during local blackouts, and for a while provided a Sunday simulcast of ESPN Deportes' SportsCenter. ESPN Deportes is an cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


ESPN2 also often carries SportsCenter on days where the regular ESPN broadcast is overrun by a longer than expected sporting event. This article is about the American ESPN show. ...


ESPN2HD, a high-definition simulcast of ESPN2, was available for the first time nationwide September 9, 2005, via DirecTV. ESPN flipped the switch on ESPN2HD at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2005. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Projection screen in a home theater, displaying a high-definition television image. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A standard DirecTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DirecTV (trademarked as DIRECTV) is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, USA, that transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America except for Mexico. ... The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a trade show held each January in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Both ESPN and ESPN2 carried ABC News coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks. ABC News Special Report ident, circa 2006 ABC News is a division of American television and radio network ABC, owned by The Walt Disney Company. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly...


External links

  • Official Site

References

  1. ^ Quite Frankly... There's No One Watching Your Show
  2. ^ Quite Frankly Host Smith Unhappy About Show's Development
  3. ^ http://www.deadspin.com/sports/espn/the-last-days-of-espn2-233272.php

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ESPN2 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (812 words)
ESPN2 now offers much of the same programming as ESPN, often airing spill over programs from "The Mothership." Graphics and announcer dress are nearly the same as ESPN, only using blue where ESPN uses red, plus the addition of the "2" at the end of the logo.
ESPN2 also often carries SportsCenter on days where the regular ESPN broadcast is overrun by a longer than expected sporting event.
ESPN2 HD, a high-definition simulcast of ESPN2, was available for the first time nationwide September 9, 2005, via DirecTV.
ESPN2 - The TV IV (403 words)
ESPN2 debuted on October 1, 1993, as a sister station of ESPN.
Nicknamed "the deuce," ESPN2 was to be branded as a network for a younger generation of sports fans featuring edgier graphics as well as extreme sports like motocross, snowboarding, and BMX racing.
ESPN2 began transmitting programs in HDTV on its new simulcast channel, ESPN2 HD in mid-2005.
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