ESPN GETS NOSTALGIC FOR THE PAST IN "SPORTSCENTURY" PROGRAM
ESPN unveiled plans for its "SportsCentury" program
yesterday in N.Y., including its list of the 51-100 greatest
North American athletes of the past century. The top 50
will be counted down through weekly "SportsCentury"
programs, airing on Fridays, beginning January 22 at 8:00pm
ET, with a special hour-long culmination episode on the top
two athletes airing on ABC December 26 (ESPN). USA TODAY's
Michael Hiestand calls it ESPN's "biggest project ever."
The program will consist of 60 hours of footage and draw on
about 1,000 interviews, 150,000 photos, "and rarely seen old
footage." Hiestand adds that ESPN will "send its own
announcers into the past" as some "SportsCenter" anchors
will "temporarily" alter their on-air look to "suggest" how
"SportsCenter" might have looked (USA TODAY, 1/13).