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Behind the Scenes at ESPN

  1. Team Flags
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    Team Flags

    ESPN's revenues are growing at 9 percent a year, with a projected $8.2 billion in revenue in 2012, according to research firm SNL Kagan, making it among the most profitable television networks in American history. The company's global headquarters span 18 buildings and 123 acres in Bristol, Conn.

    Flags on the ­campus football field change with the sports seasons.

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  2. John Skipper
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    John Skipper

    John Skipper, the company's president, has expanded ESPN’s portfolio of big-ticket live sports.

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  3. Dish Farm
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    Dish Farm

    ESPN’s satellite dish “farm” has become a Bristol tourist attraction.

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  4. 'SportsCenter' Anchors
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    'SportsCenter' Anchors

    Steve Levy and ­John Buccigross during a SportsCenter planning meeting.

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  5. Big Show Set
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    Big Show Set

    “Men in makeup talking about sports”: the set of SportsCenter.

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  6. Cafeteria Huddle
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    Cafeteria Huddle

    ESPN staffers break for lunch in the company cafeteria.

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  7. Bill Simmons
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    Bill Simmons

    Multitasker Bill Simmons, in his L.A. office, is the company’s ­franchise player.

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