“ESPN’s coverage surrounding the 10th anniversary of September 11 will balance our desire to reflect on the tragic events through a sports prism. Through our news outlets and event coverage, we will do our very best to thoughtfully tell relevant stories with a sports perspective, document how the sports world commemorates this emotional day, and provide the appropriate reaction.” – John Skipper, Executive Vice President, Content
ESPN will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with a combination of features, essays, tributes and live event coverage throughout the day.
Below is a sampling of ESPN’s 9/11-related content plans:
- ESPN will observe the national moment of silence Sunday at 8:46 a.m. ET.
- SportsCenter and Outside the Lines will feature a roundtable discussion with three of New York’s professional coaches on the day of the attacks: Joe Torre and ESPN’s Herm Edwards and Bobby Valentine.
- ESPN The Magazine’s September 19 issue (on sale: September 9) will look at What We Forgot; What We Remember; and How We’ve Changed through stories told by, among others, Tom Friend, Steve Wulf, Seth Wickersham, Luke Cyphers and Peter Keating.
- Sunday NFL Countdown will share the story of survivor, Tim Coughlin, son of New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, who was working as a bond trader on the 60th floor of the South Tower when the planes hit the Twin Towers.
- Baseball Tonight will include coverage of pregame ceremonies emanating from Citi Field during the 7 p.m. show leading into Sunday Night Baseball’s telecast of the Chicago Cubs at the New York Mets (8 p.m.).
- ESPN.com will augment several pieces from ESPN The Magazine with interactive components, and will post original content including a piece by Pulitzer Prize-nominated columnist Tommy Tomlinson that contemplates the notion of sports and tragedy, and whether sports can heal us.
- ESPNNewYork.com will offer a full week of content leading up to 9/11 with writing from Buster Olney, Ian O’Connor and Kieran Darcy.
- ESPN Audio’s September 9 The Sporting Life will feature 9/11 stories including Jeremy Schaap’s interview with the widow of a former Cornell lacrosse player who died in the 9/11 attacks.
- ESPN’s September 10 NASCAR coverage from Richmond will include an ESPN produced piece “I Remember” with reflections and memories from the sport’s stars.
- espnW.com will profile the Pat Tillman Foundation, and its scholarship program, which awards college athletes funding in the name of the former NFL player, who enlisted in the Army after 9/11.