While staffers have prepared a number of features for the 25,000th
live edition of SportsCenter Sunday, Aug. 25 at 11 p.m., the show's
lineup will likely be evolving right up until airtime.
ESPN senior vice president and SportsCenter managing editor Bob Eaton
said the news and information show's presentation, as always, will be determined
by what happens in the world of sports that day.
'We'll still be reporting on what figures to be a busy day,' said Eaton, who
has been with the network's signature show since 1990. 'There are a number of
good baseball matches and that's the beginning of the college-football season
and the end of the NFL [National Football League] preseason is winding
Long-time anchors Chris Berman, Dan Patrick and Stuart Scott will serve as
the primary anchors that night, while Bob Ley, Linda Cohn and Rich Eisen will
also play key roles during the 90-minute program.
The day's events notwithstanding, Eaton said, SportsCenter personnel
have really been focusing on this milestone 'for the past three to four months.
We wanted to do it bigger and better than what we did for the
To that end, the 25,000thSportsCenter will feature:
\u0007 Celebrities including Billy Crystal, Jon Stewart, Spike Lee, Peter
Jennings, Samuel L. Jackson and Ray Romano recounting their favorite sports
moments of all time;
\u0007 MTV: Music Television's and NBC's Carson Daly introducing the five favorite
'This is SportsCenter' promos, as selected by a panel of journalists;
\u0007 A look at the program's place in pop culture, including Saturday Night
Live'smock show in 1999;
\u0007 Actor/comedian Jamie Foxx interviewing Emmitt Smith as he chases Walter
Payton's all-time NFL rushing record as part of a feature on the Cowboys'
\u0007 Hoops legend Michael Jordan reflecting on what SportsCenter means to
\u0007 Berman's 'fastest three minutes in television,' focusing on the best plays
of the NFL preseason; and
\u0007 The winning entry from ESPN.com contest 'Why I Love SportsCenter in 25 Words or So.'
Although Eaton plans to include these and other elements in the historic
telecast -- NBC's Today ranks second among TV programs with almost 19,000
editions -- he realizes that the best-laid plans of managing editors can often
'With our luck, someone will throw a no-hitter,' he