Change in the physical formats of media or sports news providers.

The media or news industry has undergone a huge makeover over the past several years. From stiff collared news readers and reporters to blue and boring sets, to repetitive show formats all have experienced a tremendous level of change. Along with the formats the entire physical aspect of shows has undergone makeovers. As older and more established media networks have revamped their look, there are a variety of brand new channels or news sites which have sprouted to cater to the ceaseless requirement for news, be it in the field of current affairs, news, entertainment or physical activities such as sports.

Sports networks have emerged as one of the most important segments of the media industry. Sports enthusiasts from all around the globe are looking for a regular feed of news and information regarding the variety of sports that are being played around the world. Sports, too, as a physical exercise has evolved and has now gained a wider reach due to the network of the media or news providers.

Nowadays it is not just the traditional sports such as baseball, football, basketball, rugby etc which are popular but unconventional sports as action sports for instance surfing, skateboarding, rock and mountain climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving etc have likewise found their group of followers. There are a variety of people who practice and take part in these adrenalin pumping extreme sports, thus increasing its popularity and encouraging several media and news networks to come up and cover these events.

Fantasy sports, too, are some of the offshoots of this media change. Together with the internet becoming a popular source of entertainment, physical sports have been translated into virtual games in the form of fantasy sports. Now, people have the opportunity to play their preferred games that are modeled around the lines of professional sports such as football, baseball, basketball, cricket etc. These games have global championships that happen to be played mirroring the game pattern that the sport is founded on.

So like MLB baseball has 162 games being played in one season, fantasy baseball too has 162 games that will be played during the MLB season. Two media networks which are currently extremely popular in the fantasy games circuit are ESPN and Yahoo Sports. Both of these networks provide all the news, games statistics, scores and player along with team standings. ESPN network even comes up with a fantasy sports newsletter that covers all of the action from this sports world.

ESPN has also taken the initiative of getting X Games popular. X Games are series major action sports championships which are organized and broadcast by ESPN. These games began in 1995 and also have gained its fan base since.

Owing to the diversities within the games there are 2 championships held each year; one during summer and one during winter covering the summer and winter sports categories respectively. The participants vie for the gold, silver and bronze medals together with the prize money award. ESPN continues to be the live broadcaster of these games and can be considered as pioneers in this genre of sports broadcasting.