by Mark Bergmann
ESPN is not open for public tours, but lucky us, we had a connection. Thanks Toni Collins (former student) for arranging a tour of ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.
I felt like I was walking on a college campus because of the many buildings and beautifully landscaped grounds. Hard to believe it all started here in a single trailer.
In the course of a workday, ESPN anchors and reporters run from radio studios to TV studios to digital studios. When an athlete or other celebrity arrives on campus, they go through the same show-to-show runaround, dubbed by Bob Ley “The Bristol Car Wash.” I am sure during Connecticut winters they are grateful that buildings are connected by interior walkways.
Until the year-old digital building was built, Sports Center had to share studio space with other shows. Now Sports Center and NFL Live have their own studios in the digital building pictured behind Toni (ESPN Anchor and Mount alum) and me.