Changing structure and sports news from Harrison, new jersey

The small town of Harrison is located in Hudson County in New Jersey in the United States. With the geographical area of 1.3 square miles, this town has the total population of 14, 424 and is considered as a suburb of the neighboring town of Newark. The 3, 636 families that reside in this town have a fair mix of whites, African Americans, Asians, Hispanics as well as Pacific Islanders. A number of residents of this area are able to trace their ancestry to the Chinese making it the fifth largest place in New Jersey with Chinese ancestry.

During the colonial times this town was passed on as a charter to Captain William Standford who hailed from Barbados. Consequently this area was called the New Barbados Neck. In the 1840’s with a petition that was passed by the State of New Jersey, Hudson County was formed and the town of Harrison was formally established. It is presumed and accepted that the town got its name from the elected president of that year, President William Henry Harrison.

Harrison Thrived as a trade centre in the late 1800’s due to its proximity to the rail lines as well as for its waterfront. A number of industries that were established in this area were Otis Elevator, Worthington Pump and Machinery, Edison Lamp Works, Crucible Steel Company, the Peter Hauck Brewery, the RCA Company, Driver-Harris Company, Hartz Mountain, Hyatt Roller Bearing and Nopco Chemical.

One of the major professional sports team that makes news in Harrison is the Red Bull New York. They are a soccer club that has been a participant in the Major Soccer League. They along with the Anschutz entertainment Group inaugurated the Red Bull arena in 2006. Until the Red Bull Arena is being completed, Red Bull New York, shall continue to play all their home matches in the in the Meadowlands Sports Complex’s Giants Stadium in New Jersey. This team in headquartered in Secaucus in New Jersey and was originally called the New York/New Jersey Metro Stars. Then they went by the name of Metro Stars from the 1998 to the 2006 season. With the teams’ sale to Red Bull, their team name was consequently changed again to Red Bull New York in 2006.

The Red Bull sports arena being built is landmark to the change and redevelopment process that has been initiated in Harrison. This sports arena made news in this area for its unique structure and housing capacity. This arena is said to have a European style roof and shall be able to seat 25,000 sports fans.

Apart from soccer, some of the other sports that shall be played in this arena are international rugby, professional lacrosse as well as football. This arena will also be host to a number of college sports hosting large championship matches in this area. The Red Bull Arena is expected to be complete and operational in time for the Major League Soccer Championships in March 2010.

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

The media or news industry has undergone a huge makeover over the past few years. Form stiff collared news readers and reporters to blue and boring sets, to repetitive show formats …all have seen a tremendous amount of change. Along with the formats the entire physical appearance of shows has undergone makeovers. As older and more established media networks have revamped their look, there are a number of new channels or news sites that have sprouted to cater to the constant demand 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 over the world are looking for a daily feed of news and information regarding the variety of sports that are being played across the world. Sports, too, as a physical activity has evolved and has gained a wider reach owing to the network of the media or news providers.

These days it is not just the conventional sports such as baseball, football, basketball, rugby etc that are popular but unconventional sports as action sports such as surfing, skateboarding, rock and mountain climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving etc have also found their fan base. There are a number of people who practice and participate 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 one of the offshoots of this media change. 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 favorite games that are modeled on the lines of professional sports such as football, baseball, basketball, cricket etc. These games have global championships that are played mirroring the game pattern that the sport is based on.

So like MLB baseball has 162 games being played in one season, fantasy baseball too has 162 games that shall be played during the MLB season. Two media networks that have become very popular in the fantasy games circuit are ESPN and Yahoo Sports. These two networks provide all the news, games statistics, scores and player as well as team standings. ESPN network even comes up with a fantasy sports newsletter that covers all the action from this sports world.

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

Owing to the diversities in the games there are two 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 along with the prize money award. ESPN has been the live broadcaster of these games and can be considered as pioneers in this genre of sports broadcasting.

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