33 years ago today ESPN was born in Bristol, CT and they haven’t looked back since. With the help of creative agency Wieden+Kennedy “This Is SportsCenter” commercials have become engrained in sports culture.
Nearly 100 have been produced since Hollywood stars Cam Neeley (Dumb & Dumber) and Roger Clemens (Kingpin) tried to find Bristol, CT in 1994. I’ve heard they were both pretty good at sports too. Since then Tiger Wood, Derek Jeter and the biggest names in sports have taken a crack at comedy. Everyone except Michael Jordan but that’s ok.
This week the best “This Is SportsCenter” commercial to date (in our opinion) was released starring John Clayton. We jumped on the video early before it even hit the 200 view mark and incredibly the video has 850,000 views on YouTube in less than 24 hours.
With the new commercial burning up the web and the birthday of TV’s best sports channel we look back at the history of this epic franchise with a playlist of “This Is SportsCenter” commercial ever.