ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcasts will debut in June
Over the weekend at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, ESPN Audio and ESPN Films announced that 30 for 30 Podcasts will debut in June. A website has also been launched where listeners can sign up for updates.
Two of the stories that will be part of 30 for 30 Podcasts‘ first season will be “Dan and Dave Revisited,” covering the disastrous 1992 Reebok ad campaign following decathletes Dan O’Brien and Dave Johnson as they prepared for the Olympics, and “On the Ice,” which tells the story of 20 British women who attempted to become the first all-female relay expedition team to trek to the North Pole. Each project currently has a working title.
The podcasts will feature both original interviews and archival footage, as a 30 for 30 documentary would, assembled a team of producers, reporters and ESPN talent. The show will be hosted and produced by Jody Avirgan, who fills the same roles for ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight podcasts.
Trey Wingo will host new ESPN2 quiz show “Bracket Genius”
Trivia shows and brackets are both quite popular, and ESPN is now combining the two. A new Bracket Genius quiz show series from ESPN and Intersport will debut Wednesday (March 15) at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2 with a half-hour episode describing the format and showing behind-the-scenes footage of the competitors. After that, opening-round matchups will air Wednesday, March 22 and Sunday, March 26, at 5 and 5:30 p.m. Eastern both days, with each producing one winner from four competing teams. Trey Wingo will host the series for ESPN.
Bracket Genius will pit university academic teams, consisting of three undergraduate students, against one another in a bracket-style competition for the chance to have their team crowned the inaugural Bracket Genius Champion and share the prize of $100,000. The final 16 universities represented on the hardwood will match up in the same head-to-head games on Bracket Genius where the winner advances by answering questions spanning history, geography, politics, literature, science, pop culture, the arts and sports in a race to score as many points as possible against the clock and their opponent.
Alex Rodriguez joins Fox as full-time analyst
On Tuesday Fox announced Alex Rodriguez had joined the network as a full-time MLB analyst. Along with working as an MLB studio analyst, Rodriguez will serve as a game analyst for select Fox MLB Saturday telecasts as well as feature reporter for pregame coverage and the FS1 studio show, MLB Whiparound.