Who's Now

Who's Now

"Who's Now" was a daily series aired during "SportsCenter" throughout July 2007, in which viewers helped ESPN determine the ultimate sports star by considering both on-field success and off-field buzz. Based on fan nominations, ESPN Research selected 32 finalists to square off in a single-elimination bracket. The show received more than 5 million votes on ESPN.com, [cite web |title = ESPN's Who's Now: No Single Topic Has Ever Drawn the Volume and Intensity of Complaints |author = Michael David Smith |date = 2007-08-08 |accessdate = 2007-08-28 |url = http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/08/08/espns-whos-now-no-single-topic-has-ever-drawn-the-volume-and/] and on August 5, 2007 ESPN announced that Tiger Woods was the winner. The show received heavy criticism from fans and sportswriters, citing it as nonsensical and irrelevant. [cite web |title = Everybody Hates ESPN's Who's Now |author = Michael David Smith |date =2007-07-16 |accessdate = 2007-08-28 |url = http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/07/16/everybody-hates-espns-whos-now/]

Broadcast schedule

One matchup from each bracket per day.

Format

The athletes compete in a single-elimination, bracketed tournament (like the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship or a typical tennis tournament).

Participants were placed in one of four eight-way "regions" named for historic athletes that, in the judgment of ESPN, best exemplify the qualities of "now": Michael Jordan, Muhammed Ali, Babe Ruth, and Billie Jean King.

Oddly enough, fan voting was not the sole factor in deciding who moved one. The panel consisting of ESPN figureheads and pop culture icons (Jessica Biel, for example) counted for 30% of the vote. This was enough to overturn the fan decisions of Barry Bonds over Jeff Gordon.

The complete bracket

Michael Jordan region

8TeamBracket | RD1=First Round
RD2=Second Round
RD3=Quarterfinals
group1=
group2=
RD1-seed1=1
RD1-team1=Tiger Woods
RD1-score1=90%
RD1-seed2=8
RD1-team2=Matt Leinart
RD1-score2=10%
RD1-seed3=4
RD1-team3=Dwyane Wade
RD1-score3=73%
RD1-seed4=5
RD1-team4=Shaun White
RD1-score4=27%
RD1-seed5=2
RD1-team5=LaDainian Tomlinson
RD1-score5=50.8%
RD1-seed6=7
RD1-team6=David Beckham
RD1-score6=49.2%
RD1-seed7=3
RD1-team7=Steve Nash
RD1-score7=57%
RD1-seed8=6
RD1-team8=Serena Williams
RD1-score8=43%
RD2-seed1=1
RD2-team1=Tiger Woods
RD2-score1=73.1%
RD2-seed2=4
RD2-team2=Dwyane Wade
RD2-score2=26.9%
RD2-seed3=2
RD2-team3=LaDainian Tomlinson
RD2-score3=68.6%
RD2-seed4=3
RD2-team4=Steve Nash
RD2-score4=31.4%
RD3-seed1=1
RD3-team1=Tiger Woods
RD3-score1=60.8%
RD3-seed2=2
RD3-team2=LaDainian Tomlinson
RD3-score2=39.2%

Muhammed Ali region

8TeamBracket | RD1=First Round
RD2=Second Round
RD3=Quarterfinals
group1=
group2=
RD1-seed1=1
RD1-team1=Peyton Manning
RD1-score1=80.5%
RD1-seed2=8
RD1-team2=Amanda Beard
RD1-score2=19.5%
RD1-seed3=4
RD1-team3=Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
RD1-score3=61.7%
RD1-seed4=5
RD1-team4=Chuck Liddell
RD1-score4=38.3%
RD1-seed5=2
RD1-team5=Alex Rodriguez
RD1-score5=67.5%
RD1-seed6=7
RD1-team6=Terrell Owens
RD1-score6=32.5%
RD1-seed7=3
RD1-team7=Kobe Bryant
RD1-score7=60.8%
RD1-seed8=6
RD1-team8=Ronaldinho
RD1-score8=39.2%
RD2-seed1=1
RD2-team1= Peyton Manning
RD2-score1=70.6%
RD2-seed2=4
RD2-team2= Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
RD2-score2= 29.4%
RD2-seed3=2
RD2-team3= Alex Rodriguez
RD2-score3=52.4%
RD2-seed4=3
RD2-team4= Kobe Bryant
RD2-score4=47.6%
RD3-seed1=1
RD3-team1=Peyton Manning
RD3-score1=52.2%
RD3-seed2=2
RD3-team2=Alex Rodriguez
RD3-score2=47.8%

Billie Jean King region

8TeamBracket | RD1=First Round
RD2=Second Round
RD3=Quarterfinals
group1=
group2=
RD1-seed1=1
RD1-team1=LeBron James
RD1-score1=84.4%
RD1-seed2=8
RD1-team2=Kelly Slater
RD1-score2=15.6%
RD1-seed3=4
RD1-team3=Jeff Gordon
RD1-score3=62.2%
RD1-seed4=5
RD1-team4=Barry Bonds
RD1-score4=37.8%
RD1-seed5=2
RD1-team5=Derek Jeter
RD1-score5=63.8%
RD1-seed6=7
RD1-team6=Sidney Crosby
RD1-score6=36.2%
RD1-seed7=3
RD1-team7=Reggie Bush
RD1-score7=72.5%
RD1-seed8=6
RD1-team8=Danica Patrick
RD1-score8=27.5%
RD2-seed1=1
RD2-team1= LeBron James
RD2-score1=66.5%
RD2-seed2=4
RD2-team2= Jeff Gordon
RD2-score2= 33.5%
RD2-seed3=2
RD2-team3= Derek Jeter
RD2-score3=55.5%
RD2-seed4=3
RD2-team4= Reggie Bush
RD2-score4=44.5%
RD3-seed1=1
RD3-team1=LeBron James
RD3-score1=58.3%
RD3-seed2=2
RD3-team2=Derek Jeter
RD3-score2=41.7%

Babe Ruth region

8TeamBracket | RD1=First Round
RD2=Second Round
RD3=Quarterfinals
group1=
group2=
RD1-seed1=1
RD1-team1=Tom Brady
RD1-score1=66.1%
RD1-seed2=8
RD1-team2=David Ortiz
RD1-score2=33.9%
RD1-seed3=4
RD1-team3=Maria Sharapova
RD1-score3=60%
RD1-seed4=5
RD1-team4=Vince Young
RD1-score4=40%
RD1-seed5=2
RD1-team5=Roger Federer
RD1-score5=43.9%
RD1-seed6=7
RD1-team6=Tony Parker
RD1-score6=56.1%
RD1-seed7=3
RD1-team7=Shaquille O'Neal
RD1-score7=52.2%
RD1-seed8=6
RD1-team8=Michael Phelps
RD1-score8=47.8%
RD2-seed1=1
RD2-team1= Tom Brady
RD2-score1=67.1%
RD2-seed2=4
RD2-team2= Maria Sharapova
RD2-score2=32.9%
RD2-seed3=7
RD2-team3=Tony Parker
RD2-score3=32.3%
RD2-seed4=3
RD2-team4=Shaquille O'Neal
RD2-score4=67.7%
RD3-seed1=1
RD3-team1=Tom Brady
RD3-score1=47.6%
RD3-seed2=3
RD3-team2=Shaquille O'Neal
RD3-score2=52.4%

Final Four

4TeamBracket | RD1=Semifinals | RD2=Finals
RD1-seed1=
RD1-team1=Tiger Woods
RD1-score1=63.8%
RD1-seed2= | RD1-team2=Peyton Manning
RD1-score2=36.2%
RD1-seed3=
RD1-team3=LeBron James
RD1-score3=60.4%
RD1-seed4=
RD1-team4=Shaquille O'Neal
RD1-score4=39.6%
RD2-seed1=
RD2-team1=Tiger Woods
RD2-score1=65.1%
RD2-seed2=
RD2-team2=LeBron James
RD2-score2=34.9%

Theme song

The theme song was a special remix of the song "Big Things Poppin'" by rapper T.I..

Notes

ESPN aired the month-long series, "The Greatest Highlight with Chris Berman" during "SportsCenter" throughout February 2008, using a similar single-elimination, bracket-style format. Unlike "Who's Now", which selected 32 finalists as mentioned above, "The Greatest Highlight" selected 16 finalists. Segment host Chris Berman announced on the March 2, 2008 editions of "SportsCenter" that the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team's Miracle on Ice was the greatest sports highlight of all time, receiving 59% of the fans' votes. The Boise State Broncos' Statue of Liberty play in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl was the runner-up with 41%.

References

External links

* [http://www.espn.com ESPN]


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