Honestly, I just got sick of looking at ESPN.com's outdated site. On a whim and a few 5 hour energy drink, 8 hours later I created what you see above. This mainly was an exercise for fun to create a better organized, easier to use and visually appealing version what ESPN.com currently offers on their homepage. An in depth discovery would be needed with the client moving forward if I were to tackle a true redesign.
My inspiration really came from ESPN the Magazine. I really believe the merging of magazine layout and website content will continue to blur the lines. I especially believe if I were to tackle this as a real project, it would have to be designed, and built to scale and spider to any platform, in any form. This would allow a specialized iPad version of their site that would mimic a powerful interactive magazine.
Anyway, hope you enjoy what you see, it really was just for fun.
Oh.... I forgot to mention. I am currently doing a next gen version. Throwing all out the window and going straight up future of ESPN. New usability, touch interaction, new content suggestions and groupings... the works.