ESPN.com is one of the most popular sports news website that is owned by ESPN Inc. It was launched in the year 1993 with the domain of ESPNet.sportszone.com. From the time of its launch, there has been so many different sections added in the website for instance, My ESPN, ESPN Video Games, ESPN.com’s Fanboard, Page 2, ESPN Search, ESPN Fantasy sports, ESPN Insider, ESPNU.com and ESPN Motion. It has also done partnerships with Masters.org, MLB.tv, Scouts Inc, WNBA.com, Jayski.com, NHL.com, Golf Digest, Baseball America and NBA.com.
The website has got separate sections for Soccer, IRL, MLB, NHL, Golf, NASCAR, NFL, College and NBA. Each section provides columnists pages, teams, news wires, players, injuries, transactions, standings and scores. Some of the popular columnists of ESPN.com are Michael Smith, John Buccigross, Jim Caple, Chris Mortensen, Pat Forde, John Clayton, Scoop Jackson, Andy Katz, Gene Wojciechowski, Bill Simmons, Buster Olney, Adam Schefter and Jayson Stark.
From the year 2001 till 2004, website was the part of MSN portal. ESPN also launched its Spanish version website in the year 2000. The website has got some of the most prestigious awards like People’s Voice Awards for best sports service in the year 2005, news Association’s online Journalism Award for General Excellence, Webby Award, People’s Voice, EPpy Award for best internet sports service and Media Magazine Best of the Net Award in the year 2003, Time Magazine rated ESPN.com as the best sports site on the web, Webby award for 2nd time, GLAAD Media award for outstanding journalism article on the topic ” Sports World Still a Struggle For Gays.” written by Bill Konigsberg in the year 2002 and many others.
ESPN.com is probably the most comprehensive sports news website, covering almost all kinds of different news, which sometimes can be a bit inappropriate for kids. A normal age of a sports fan should be at least 13 years to become ESPN.com’s member and to get access of forums, blogs, friend lists, personal profiles and other features of MyESPN. Most of the content on the website like analysis and stats are pretty much straightforward, but there are some sensitive issues that have to be covered by the writers like gambling in sports, racism and doping.
As far as the overall website is concerned, it is informative and extremely descriptive. It has got an easy to use and a simple layout that can be navigated by people of almost all the ages. At the top of the website, you will witness the screen that will be showing the live scores of the games. At the bottom of the scoreboard, there are tabs for so many different games to give detailed information about each and every sport.
The entire structure of ESPN website makes it possible for the visitors to many of the activities using the homepage. Visitors can select stories and material with the help of tabs, but mostly, you will get almost each and everything on this page. It’s because of this level of interactivity and impressive content that is offered by ESPN that convinces most of the people to re-visit their website again and again. Another thing that has impressed me is that all the departments of ESPN have got almost exactly similar layout that is of ESPN’s home page. It’s a good method to make people more familiar to the website.