ESPN.com will launch a section on their website called The Heat Index, dedicated just to the Miami Heat.
Normally I would just touch on a few of The Heat Index features, but I want to list them all in order to emphasis the overkill coverage:
- breaking news surrounding the Miami Heat;
- coverage of every Heat game and team practice;
- constantly updated aggregation of all ESPN stories regarding the Heat;
- Chase for 72 – an automated, daily forecast of how many games the Heat will win including ESPN.com’s John Hollinger projecting the odds of the Heat matching the Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins;
- Tracking the Big 3 – an automated tracking of how James, Wade and Bosh stack up against the best trios in NBA history;
- Heat Tweets – a module that collects tweets from Heat players and fans;
- complete video, podcast and story contributions from ESPN reporters Marc Stein, Chris Broussard, Chad Ford, Chris Sheridan, John Hollinger and Ric Bucher;
- Heat content from ESPN TV analysts;
- Hollinger Stats – automated applications featuring Hollinger’s analytics on the Heat team and players;
- Hollinger’s All-Time Power Rankings – a ranking pinning the Heat against the NBA’s all-time great teams;
- Triple-Double Tracker – a module tracking James’ progress towards averaging a triple-double for an entire season;
- Hoop Schemes – basketball analysis and video breakdowns by TrueHoop’s Arnovitz;
- video analysis by Scout Inc.’s David Thorpe;
- live chats during each Heat game involving Heat Index contributions;
- a Heat Index Facebook page;
- photo galleries of Heat players and celebrity fans;
- The Scene – Jemele Hill covering the culture, scene and lifestyle angles tied to South Beach as it relates to the Heat and the buzz surrounding the team;
- contributions from athletes, including former Heat players, and celebrities who live in South Florida and are regulars at Heat games.
I guess this is what ESPN had in mind about doing things to serve sports fans.
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