ESPN.com

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ESPN.com
ESPN wordmark.svg
Web address http://espn.go.com
Commercial? yes
Registration available, but not required
Available in English
Created by ESPN, Inc.
Launched July 1993 (as ESPNet.SportsZone.com)
Alexa rank
negative increase 95 (April 2014)[1]
Current status active

ESPN.com is the official website of ESPN and a division of ESPN Inc.. Since launching in July 1993[2] as ESPNet.SportsZone.com, the website has developed numerous sections including: Page 2, SportsNation, ESPN3, ESPN Motion, My ESPN, ESPN Sports Travel, ESPN Video Games, ESPN Insider, ESPN.com's Fanboard, ESPN Fantasy Sports, ESPNU.com, and ESPN Search. ESPN.com also has partnerships with MLB.com, NBA.com, NFL.com, WNBA.com, MLS.com NHL.com, Baseball America, Golf Digest, Scouts Inc., Jayski.com, USGA.org, Sherdog.com and Masters.org.

It also has sections devoted to certain sports including: the NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, IRL, College, Golf, Soccer, and Women's Sports (ESPNW). Each section contains pages devoted to: scores, teams, schedules, standings, players, transactions, news wires, injures and columnists pages.

Some notable ESPN.com columnists are John Buccigross, Chris Mortensen, John Clayton, Adam Schefter, Andy Katz, Bill Simmons, Jayson Stark, Buster Olney, Gene Wojciechowski, Scoop Jackson, Pat Forde, Jim Caple, and Michael Smith.

The website was part of the MSN portal from 2001 to 2004.[3][4]

ESPN launched a Spanish language website in 2000, ESPN Deportes.com.[5]

The content of some ESPN.com articles is argued to have been plagiarized.[6]

Awards[edit]

2005[edit]

  • April: Finalist two categories for the ESPY awards
  • May: People's Voice Awards for Best Sports Service

2003[edit]

  • November: Online News Association's Online Journalism Award for General Excellence
  • June: Webby Award and People's Voice

Webby Award (top-ranked sports site)

  • May: EPpy Award for best internet sports service
  • February: Media Magazine Best of the Net Award - ESPN.com ranked #1 in the Men's and Sports Category

2002[edit]

  • December: Time Magazine rates ESPN.com the best sports site on the web
  • July: ESPN.com Honored With Prestigious 2002 Webby Award
  • June: GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article for the May 2001 article "Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays," penned by Bill Konigsberg

2001[edit]

  • July: People's Voice Webby Award for sports, International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

2000[edit]

  • May: Webby Award and People's Voice Webby Award, (top-ranked sports site), International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
  • April: Creative Excellence Award, International Web Page Awards
  • April: "Best Overall Quality," (Sports), Brill's Content
  • March: Only fantasy games included in "Yahoo! Internet Life's Top 40 Free Games On The Net"
  • February: "Forbes Favorite," (Top-ranked sports site), Forbes
  • January: "Best Sports Hub," Yahoo! Internet Life's 100 Best Sites For 2000

Columnists[edit]

Current[edit]

Local sites[edit]

ESPN started local chapters of its website in response to the decline of local sports coverage available as newspapers continue to go out of business across the country.[7] Each page covers local professional and college teams, hiring locally known writers, and in some cases making use of the city's ESPN Radio affiliate. In markets where the ABC Owned Television Stations owns a station, their sports coverage is incorporated with the corresponding ESPN local site. Some local sites have expanded into high school sports coverage.

Current[edit]

  • ESPNBoston.com
  • ESPNChicago.com
  • ESPNCleveland.com
  • ESPNDallas.com
  • ESPNLosAngeles.com
  • ESPNNewYork.com

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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