The eSports Broadcasting Network was started in July of 2017 by Sam Cooper-Bennett and Tony Trepasso. ESBN was created because Tony had previously done broadcasting work for a league and thought that he could turn it into something more permanent. After the league that Tony was broadcasting unfortunately went under, BOFA Broadcasting was born.
BOFA Broadcasting started out broadcasting an Xifinty Series league known as RTFT. After the contract with RTFT ran out, BOFA Broadcasting would lay dormant for a number of months until the proper upgrades to produce high-quality broadcasts could be made. This sparked new life into BOFA Broadcasting and with that, the first broadcast back was scheduled.
Go-Fast Racing's Grand National Series was the first series to be broadcasted on BOFA Broadcasting after the hiatus and would became a stable on the network for well over a year. BOFA Broadcasting stared to make a name for themselves as leagues such as SOMO, Top Fuel and NASCOM joined throughout 2018. By Christmas of 2018, it was decided by Sam and Tony that a rebrand was in order. On January 1st 2019, the eSports Broadcasting Network was born.
With a fresh new look, a new schedule and a brand new outlook on racing ESBN wanted to grow and with that, took on more leagues. In August 2019, a bad accident would leave Tony unable to broadcast forcing him to step away from the ESBN booth leaving Sam and Byron Rodney as the only producers to run the network.
ESBN would hire Adam Chapman to take over for Tony as a full time producer. Adam immediately picked up where Tony left off bringing in a plethora of new leagues as well as new broadcasting talent along the way.
Overall, 2019 would prove to be fruitful for ESBN and by years end, things were looking promising for the network. In May of 2020, Tony would return to the broadcast booth after nearly a year away and, a month later, a budding producer named Frank Marchese would join ESBN. The network would also bring in an eagle-eyed cameraman named Kevin Konnyu, as ESBN's newest producer.
As of October 2020, ESBN has nearly 3000 followers on Facebook and over 1200 subscribers on YouTube and are growing daily. Thanks to our supporters, the dream of the network making its debut on the iRacing eSports Network is slowly become reality.
Sam Cooper-Bennett: Sam Cooper-Bennett is one of the co-founders of ESBN and is the lead broadcaster and producer for the network. Sam is a life long racing fan with an encyclopedic knowledge of Formula 1. Sam does his broadcasting from a town called Bantry in County Cork, Ireland.
Tony Trepasso: Tony Trepasso is one of the co-founders of ESBN and is the leading DiRT racing broadcaster for the network. Tony started racing quarter midgets at the age of 3. After going to college, Tony would land a job with Morgan Shepherd Racing in NASCAR's highest level. Tony has also worked in radio and television in upstate New York.
Frank Marchese: Frank Marchese is a broadcaster at ESBN and is the voice of Sim Racer's Edge. Frank is a life long racing fan with a background in broadcasting, currently working for CBS Sports Radio in New York City. With his professional style, Frank also has a knowledge of NASCAR racing and history that runs very deep.
Byron Rodney: Byron Rodney is a part-time producer for ESBN. Byron is a life long fan of motorsports and has been involved with iRacing for 5+ years. After joining ESBN in 2018, Byron has taken on the role of business management as his job as a truck driver has limited his time in the booth.
Kevin Konnyu: Kevin Konnyu is a part-time producer for ESBN. Kevin is a former 3D artist turned photographer and camera operator. He has been racing on and off in video games since their invention. Kevin's eye for action makes him a key component to ESBN.
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