Ben Cafardo

Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. You could say it’s truly a “dream job.” Prior to my CT-based ESPN career, I worked in communications at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney. I’m also proud to say I contributed to “Total Patriots” - an 800-page New England Patriots encyclopedia and was the coordinating producer for the documentary "Boston's Greatest Sports Stories: Beyond The Headlines." I’m originally from the Boston area, making me a passionate Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots fan. My father, Nick Cafardo, is the National Baseball Writer for The Boston Globe, so it could be said I’ve spent my entire life with the media. Most importantly, I’m blessed with a wonderful wife and son who make every day better than the last.
How ESPN Improvised To Bring The NBA HORSE Challenge To Fans
COVID-19

How ESPN Improvised To Bring The NBA HORSE Challenge To Fans

Given the COVID-19 quarantine and social-distancing guidelines, ESPN had to find creative ways to produce the program.
Team Player: Hoop Streams’ Cassidy Hubbarth and Max Kelley
COVID-19

Team Player: Hoop Streams’ Cassidy Hubbarth and Max Kelley

Cassidy Hubbarth says of Max Kelley: "[He has] an incredible ability to remain calm and set a clear, efficient plan…
Upper deck power: Ravech previews ESPN’s HR Derby Classics Marathon beginning tonight
COVID-19

Upper deck power: Ravech previews ESPN’s HR Derby Classics Marathon beginning tonight

While he's wistful about postponed Opening Day, Baseball Tonight host relishes revisiting MLB slugging displays.
Batter Up! ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza Leads Online, Homemade Workouts During Sports Hiatus
COVID-19

Batter Up! ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza Leads Online, Homemade Workouts During Sports Hiatus

"I love the endorphins after a good workout and I love feeling a sense of community when we are doing…
“It was definitely so useful to hear about what they’re considering . . .”
COVID-19

“It was definitely so useful to hear about what they’re considering . . .”

The Jump's Rachel Nichols talks about her exclusive interview with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver regarding the league's responses to the…
Ryan Ruocco recounts covering, reacting to the breaking Coronavirus NBA news
COVID-19

Ryan Ruocco recounts covering, reacting to the breaking Coronavirus NBA news

"We need to calmly convey the news to our audience; we need to consistently update them on the news."
Team Player: David Ross and Gregg Colli
Team Player

Team Player: David Ross and Gregg Colli

ESPN MLB analyst Ross on Baseball Tonight producer Colli: "It’s rare that you create a friendship so fast with someone…
Team Player: Adrian Wojnarowski and Elida Witthoeft
Behind The Scenes

Team Player: Adrian Wojnarowski and Elida Witthoeft

“Woj Bomb:" ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski is the first to point out his success is a team effort.
Team Player: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson And Dave Fried
Team Player

Team Player: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson And Dave Fried

Mike Breen: "This is a stone cold fact: I’m a much better broadcaster because I’ve had Dave Fried sitting next…
Team Player: Buster Olney and Kenny Hartin
MLB

Team Player: Buster Olney and Kenny Hartin

Buster Olney on cameraman Kenny Hartin: " . . .From Day One, Year One, I've always felt like Kenny has…
“No Fear: Rachel Nichols”
NBA

“No Fear: Rachel Nichols”

Sports Business Journal profiles the host of ESPN's "The Jump," Rachel Nichols.
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