World News – UA – Final Destination: Scenes from ESPN’s Role in NBA Season Relaunch – ESPN Front Row


As the NBA Finals continue with Game 5 tonight at ESPN’s Wide World Of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

ESPN Images photographer Phil Ellsworth shares some captivating images he captured in ‘The Bubble’ this week – and gives his unique perspective on the process (see video below)

ESPN and Disney, in partnership with the NBA, provided a convenient home for the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season on July 30 – just over four months after the COVID-19 pandemic halted the Le campaign Teamwork inside and outside the complex has enabled ESPN to tell the story of the season’s miraculous rebirth that will culminate in the crowning of a champion, either the Miami Heat or the Los Angeles Lakers

Since 1997, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has helped make sporting dreams come true, but it may never have played a more important role in fan service as it hosted the resumption of the NBA season.

Described by the Los Angeles Times as “the bubble inside the bubble,” a 200,000 square foot production complex has been built and connected to the Wide World Of Sports complex

In other words, by Orlando Sentinel, « ESPN built a small town to broadcast games in the NBA bubble »

ESPN broadcasters, including NBA analyst Doris Burke, were socially left behind and well prepared for all the NBA action

NBA reporter Malika Andrews (left), Sebastian M Christensen (right, top) and Dave McMenamin (right, bottom) have helped fans cover dozens of NBA games since the reboot

(L-R) Analyst Mark Jackson Hosts 12th NBA Finals on ABC; play-by-play commentator Mike Breen announces his 15th consecutive NBA Finals on ABC; Analyst Jeff Van Gundy has provided analysis for every NBA Finals event since 2007

The ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex buildings – the arena, Field House, and Visa Athletic Center – played at home for the reboot which, at one point, featured 22 teams

Production team members receive their meals in a temporary cafeteria More than 170 ESPN employees have worked inside the bubble

All photos in this article were taken by ESPN Images photographer Phil Ellsworth In this video he describes how he uses distant cameras to provide additional angles of coverage

« We are proud of the enormous collective effort of our NBA commentators and all of our ESPN staff – on camera and behind the scenes – who have been instrumental in bringing the NBA back to the ESPN Wide Complex World of Sports The incredible depth of our coverage team and diversity of voices has been fully exposed ”- Executive Vice President, Content, ESPN, Connor Schell

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World News – UA – Final Destination: Scenes from ESPN’s role in the season revival of the NBA – ESPN Front Row


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