ESPN Introduces “Heat Index,” Site Dedicated Solely To Miami Heat Coverage
ESPN's plan to make you thoroughly sick of the Miami Heat by November (if you aren't already) will kick off on October 11th, when they launch the "Heat Index," a special section of ESPN.com dedicated solely to covering the favorite sons of South Beach.
The "Heat Index" will feature editorial content from Brian Windhorst, who many made their go-to-guy for anything LeBron James-related during the Free Agent clusterbonanza of 2010. Michael Wallace will also contribute. Wallace was the Miami Herald's Heat beat writer for the previous three seasons, and will serve in the same capacity for the "Heat Index" (yes, referring to the "Heat Index" as an actual thing is as hard as you think it is).
As SportsNewser pointed out, merely touching on some of the site's features doesn't quite do its Heat overkill capabilities justice. To fully appreciate how much ESPN will drill the Miami Heat into your brain over the next few months, the full scope of the "Heat Index" must be acknowledged.
From ESPN's Media Zone, here is everything you ever wanted to know about the "Heat Index," and then some:
- breaking news surrounding the Miami Heat;
- coverage of every Heat game and team practice;
- constantly updated aggregation of all ESPN stories regarding the Heat;
- Chase for 72 – an automated, daily forecast of how many games the Heat will win including ESPN.com’s John Hollinger projecting the odds of the Heat matching the Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins;
- Tracking the Big 3 – an automated tracking of how James, Wade and Bosh stack up against the best trios in NBA history;
- Heat Tweets – a module that collects tweets from Heat players and fans;
- complete video, podcast and story contributions from ESPN reporters Marc Stein, Chris Broussard, Chad Ford, Chris Sheridan, John Hollinger and Ric Bucher;
- Heat content from ESPN TV analysts;
- Hollinger Stats – automated applications featuring Hollinger’s analytics on the Heat team and players;
- Hollinger’s All-Time Power Rankings – a ranking pinning the Heat against the NBA’s all-time great teams;
- Triple-Double Tracker – a module tracking James’ progress towards averaging a triple-double for an entire season;
- Hoop Schemes – basketball analysis and video breakdowns by TrueHoop’s Arnovitz;
- video analysis by Scout Inc.’s David Thorpe;
- live chats during each Heat game involving Heat Index contributions;
- a Heat Index Facebook page;
- photo galleries of Heat players and celebrity fans;
- The Scene – Jemele Hill covering the culture, scene and lifestyle angles tied to South Beach as it relates to the Heat and the buzz surrounding the team;
- contributions from athletes, including former Heat players, and celebrities who live in South Florida and are regulars at Heat games.
The Heat-ocalypse will not be televised, but it appears it will be covered on ESPN.com.
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