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Last summer, ESPNers from various content platforms came up with the idea of creating a content package centered on embedding with a group of season ticket holders for a specific team.
They ended up spending the 2016 season with Chicago Bears season ticket holders in section 250 of Soldier Field. The original series We The Fans was born focused on profiling people with rich lives, connected by fandom, who reflect the die-hard mentality of many sports fans. The concept has evolved into an eight-episode TV series, a multimedia digital package, a story in ESPN The Magazine and a weekly wrap up podcast.
To preview tonight’s debut of “We The Fans” (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET), Front Row is highlighting several characters from the show, featuring some key details and having them choose a side between ESPN NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper’s and Todd McShay’s picks for who the Bears should take in the 2017 first round (from this ESPN.com feature.)
VP and Editorial Director, Domestic Digital Content, Chad Millman, oversaw the project and said: “We The Fans is the kind of multiplatform program that can come together only through the collective efforts of the dedicated people at ESPN. We set out to examine the core of true fandom and this show reflects the depth of commitment and how connected fans are to their teams. Regardless of the highs and lows of a team’s performance, that’s not going to change.”
The first four episodes of We The Fans are currently available on WatchESPN. The remaining episodes will be available on WatchESPN immediately after premiering on ESPN.
Taylor Garrett contributed to this post.
We The Fans photography by Jon Lowenstein/Noor