It's now official: people can compete in televised sports events without getting out of their chairs. ESPN announced Monday that it will add coverage of Major League Gaming's 2008 Pro Circuit competitions to that of its more active fare, like professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey. The sports cable network said that initially, most of its coverage of professional gaming will be carried online at, but that it plans to add short segments about competitions on its cable programs, too. In an interview with Advertising Age, Raphael Poplock, who has been placed in charge of video games for ESPN Enterprises, said: "I'm bullish on professional gaming. This is a nice first step to establish a presence in this space and find out through reader interaction where to take this moving forward."