Few events attract as much interest around the world as live sporting events. The increasing popularity of these sporting events is frequently attributed to sports broadcasting. Since ESPN launched on Sept. 7, 1979, it has remained at the forefront of sports broadcasting. At ESPN, Jed Drake is a senior vice president and executive producer of event production. Jed Drake is responsible for over 6,000 hours of annual sports programming on the network and its affiliates, ESPN2 and ABC. Much of ESPN’s cutting-edge programming and ideas come from its executives such as Jed Drake. On behalf of ESPN, he has traveled to multiple countries to produce live sporting events, ranging from the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Over the past three decades, Jed Drake has recognized the ways in which new technology, such as the Internet and mobile phones, can provide an outlet to sports of all levels of popularity. Subsets of ESPN and streaming video sites such as YouTube have enabled even niche sports to find a global audience, new competitors, and greater fan appreciation.
Sports broadcasting in the United States has a long history. Sports promoters began to recognize the power of broadcasting shortly after the creation of mass media. Radio, which did not become available for mass consumption until after World War I, aired its first football, boxing, baseball, and tennis competitions by 1922.Television also quickly recognized the value of sports broadcasting, and 1939 ushered in the first professional baseball and football games. The Cincinnati Reds faced off against the Brooklyn Dodgers on the baseball field on Aug. 26. Two months later, the first National Football League game was broadcast, which featured the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Eagles. The ability to see a game live without being at the stadium turned feats of athleticism into large-scale community events, while providing an increased source of revenue for many parties.
The introduction of ESPN decades later transformed sports broadcasting. This site will serve as an information resource about sports broadcasting and its multiple components.
- Early Baseball Broadcasting Celebrated on 75th Anniversary
On August 26, 1939, the first Major League Baseball game, a doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds, was broadcast over television. On the 75th anniversary of the game, people around the United States marked the milestone in various ways. Rockies TV broadcast one at-bat of a game between the Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants in black and white in honor of the technology used for that first broadcast. Around the country, news outlets ran recaps of that first televised game.
Credit for the first broadcast goes to the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Owned by RCA,
- ESPN and Major League Soccer
Joining ESPN around the start of the network in 1980, Jed Drake serves as senior vice president and executive producer. Among Jed Drake’s responsibilities are arranging relationships between ESPN and sports franchises, including Major League Soccer (MLS).
Recognizing the popularity of soccer across the world and throughout the country, ESPN renewed its contract with MLS in May 2014. This relationship goes back to the birth of the league in 1996. Partnering with FOX Sports and Univision Deportes, the cable conglomerate will continue broadcasting games until the end of 2022. The agreement marks the first time that all three stations will
- ESPN’s Digital Center 2
The senior vice president and executive producer of event production for ESPN, Jed Drake oversees a number of programs and activities for the cable network, including events such as the World Cup, the US Open Championships, and Wimbledon. To broadcast these competitions, ESPN operates out of numerous locations across the world, including the recently opened Digital Center 2.
In late May 2014, ESPN unveiled its state-of-the-art broadcasting facility Digital Center 2 in Bristol, Connecticut. Located across the street from its current operations center, this 194,000-square-foot location took five years to build and is considered the country’s most sophisticated media
- FIFA World Cup Logistics
One of the most notable instances of the career of ESPN Senior Vice President Jed Drake involved broadcasting hundreds of hours of the FIFA World Cup from South Africa in 2009 and 2010. In 2014, he plans once again to bring this world-celebrated soccer tournament to ESPN.
In December 2013, Jed Drake went to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup draw, which decided the line-up for the competition. This trip also allowed him to supervise the development of ESPN’s new set on Copacabana Beach for the network’s upcoming extensive coverage. Sports Business Daily talked with Drake about