In the video above Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to a crowd on the topic of ESPN’s “International Efforts to Empower Women and Girls through Sports.” ESPN, Inc. president John Skipper was in attendance for the presentation held at the Treaty Room in the White House.
Clinton said, “We at the State Department believe in the power of sports to bring people together across barriers of all kinds — national barriers, language, cultural, racial barriers and increasingly across the divide of gender.”
Skipper and ESPN have put forward a strong effort to support women’s athletics as noted by ESPN’s launch of espnW, the company’s showing of the NCAA Women’s Championships in basketball, softball and volleyball and its 24-hour programming yesterday for the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
Without further ado, let’s review the week on Front Row:
• Tonight’s Sunday Night Baseball features what is expected to be as good a regular season contest as any fan could request. Orel Hershiser has special insight into it.
•ABC captured the rich NBA Finals history and merged the past and present in the “open” that was used to begin each NBA Finals telecast. The Finals ended Thursday night with the Heat defeating the Thunder.
•Do you know what ESPN Audio is? You do now.
• ESPN College World Series analyst Kyle Peterson won’t have to dig too deep for a personal recollection on the excitement and importance of Omaha’s annual late Spring event during his upcoming telecasts. He not only played in two CWS events with Stanford, but he’s an Omaha native who attended games with his family throughout his childhood.
• With last week’s announcement that ESPN has been honored with two Edward R. Murrow awards, Front Row saw it as a good time to catch up with Beein Gim, the producer of the award-winning “Angel in the Outfield” piece. Gim, who also won an Emmy last month, has been a feature producer for E:60 since 2008 and before that had worked at The New York Times, ABC Sports, Major League Baseball productions and HBO.
• Earlier this week, Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, took part in the Bristol, Conn. campus’s recurring “ESPN Newsmaker” series. It was a chance for one of ESPN’s sister company’s executives to share some of the ins and outs of Marvel — as well as his ties to sports.