Motorola, ESPN offer mobile applications for sports fans

FLORIDA: Motorola and ESPN have announced the availability of ESPN's 2-Minute Drill trivia game and The BottomLine sports information application for Motorola's iDEN phones for Nextel wireless customers.

The 2-Minute Drill is a sports trivia game challenging users to answer enough questions correctly within two minutes to advance to the further rounds. The BottomLine provides personalized sports information, including up-to-the-minute scores, headlines and game details, displayed as a ticker across the bottom of the phone's screen.

An official release informs that these applications from ESPN demonstrate the functionality of Java technology-enabled phones by Motorola, which can be customised to meet the needs of individual users. Now sports fans can receive up-to-the-minute scores and other sports information on the same device they use for their mobile communications.

ESPN claims to be committed to being anywhere sports fans are, which often means on the go. Therefore having these features available to Motorola and Nextel customers further extends the sports broadcasters reach to fans anytime, any place. Nextel subscribers who use Motorola's iDEN handsets with Java technology, including the Motorola i85s, i50sx, i55sr, i90c models, can wirelessly download the ESPN applications at .

Motorola claims to be a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales last year were $30 billion. ESPN which promotes itself as the Worldwide Leader in Sports, is a multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia assets in sports marketing with over 40 business entities. ESPN International comprises of 25 international networks and syndication. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 per cent interest in ESPN.

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