ESPN’s MegaCast Returns with 13 Presentations for College Football Playoff National Championship

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ESPN’s MegaCast Returns with 13 Presentations for College Football Playoff National Championship

  • CFP Live Makes its Debut, Film Room Returns
  • Approximately 100 Cameras, 100 Microphones and Industry-Leading Innovation Inside Hard Rock Stadium
  • Network Activates MegaCast for No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Ohio State

For the seventh consecutive year, the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T will be showcased through state-of-the-art technology on ESPN Player, with the network’s best innovation deployed for the presentation of No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Ohio State on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 1 a.m., GMT.

ESPN’s main telecast will headline the MegaCast production, as ESPN Player offers 13 total presentations of the CFP National Championship Game. College football’s dramatic finale from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. will be available in more than 120 countries via ESPN Player

Innovation Reigns Supreme on Main ESPN Telecast

Hard Rock Stadium will be the hub of ESPN’s innovation on Championship Monday, including approximately 100 cameras providing every angle of college football’s biggest night. State-of-the-art technology includes:

  • AllCam captures the entire field, allowing isolated shots on any player and activity on the field at all times.
  • Pylon Cameras at each corner of the end zone with the back line pylons now having ability to pan, tilt and zoom – covering more of the end zone than ever before.
  • Multiple Skycams include traditional and hi-sky, showcasing the action from various heights above the field.
  • On-the-field views will be seen, as cameras will be attached atop the caps of the officials.
  • Line-to-Gain will have multiple vantage points, as first down marker cam (high vantage) and pylon cam at the first down line (low angle) return to this year’s telecast.
  • Virtual reality graphics that span across the entire field and can be seen by multiple cameras at the same time.

ESPN’s camera collection will include dedicated cameras on Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Ohio State head coach Ryan Day at all times, as well as unique camera placements providing views of the teams as they enter the playing field. The Goodyear Blimp will provide aerial shots of Miami and Hard Rock Stadium.

More than 100 microphones will be placed throughout the stadium, capturing the sounds of the game and atmosphere of the crowd, enhancing the game telecast.

Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit Announce Seventh National Championship Together; Maria Taylor and Holly Rowe Report from Sidelines

Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call their seventh CFP National Championship together, as their 25th college football season as a team comes to a close. Reporters Maria Taylor (Alabama) and Holly Rowe (Ohio State) will provide news and insight from the sidelines, as Taylor works her fourth CFP National Championship and Rowe covers her first for the main ESPN telecast after reporting on the ESPN Radio broadcast for the first six years of the championship.

ESPN rules analyst Bill Lemonnier will also cover Championship Monday. The former Big Ten referee is a veteran of several marquee assignments, including a number of prestigious bowl games.

Sports Emmy winner Herbstreit will hit the dozen mark from Hard Rock Stadium on Monday, as he covers his 12th overall college football national title game.

ESPN’s Seventh National Championship MegaCast

CFP Live debuts this year on ESPN Player, utilising the NFL Live crew of Laura Rutledge, Marcus Spears, Dan Orlovsky and Mina Kimes to bring their trademark analysis and wit to Championship Monday. Joining the quartet is ESPN college football analyst and NFL Draft expert Todd McShay, who will provide Draft projections and analysis throughout the game.

Film Room returns to the National Championship MegaCast on ESPN Player, with SEC Network college football analyst and former BCS Champion head coach Gene Chizik, Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson, Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze and North Carolina A&T’s Sam Washington joining the telecast. Follow every play of Alabama-Ohio State through the minds of those who live and breathe the game every day. Please note: the lineup of coaches is subject to change.

MegaCast mainstay SkyCast moves to ESPNU this year, with Jason Fitz and Mike Golic Jr. providing commentary and context out of commercial breaks before throwing back to the sounds of the game. The popular view from above the action and behind the offense on most plays will also have replays shown regularly throughout the presentation.

The Spanish-language telecast (via ESPN Deportes) and Hometown Radio remain staples of the MegaCast, while Refcast – an option that allows viewers to watch the game through former referees’ perspective — returns as a highlight of ESPN Player selections, with the All-22 viewing angle, Command Center, DataCenter and High SkyCam also available digitally.

Command Center

Multi-angle presentation, which includes up to four different vantage points at any one time, with statistics and real-time drive charts supplementing the game action.

DataCenter 

A catch-all viewing option, as ESPN’s main telecast will be surrounded by real-time stats, analytics, social media commentary and player information. ESPN commentators Zubin Mehenti and Brad Edwards will be featured on the feed.

Hometown Radio 

Fans can listen to the local radio broadcast of each team, with their audio feed synced up with ESPN’s presentation. This MegaCast feed is made possible in conjunction with Alabama Radio Network Powered by Learfield/IMG College and Ohio State Sports Network Powered by Learfield/IMG College.

Alabama: Eli Gold, John Parker Wilson, Rashad Johnson and Chris Stewart

Additional details surrounding SEC Network’s coverage of Alabama’s quest for their 18th national title can be found here.

Ohio State: Paul Keels, Jim Lachey, Matt Andrews and Skip Mosic

Refcast 

John Parry (former NFL referee) and Matt Austin (former SEC referee) join Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards and ESPN commentator Jason Benetti to break down the game, as Parry and Austin provide reaction and commentary from a referee’s perspective.

All-22 

Watch the game the same way players and coaches study film, with a vantage point high above the field of play. The angle allows for the 22 players on the field to be seen at all times, providing the ability to distinguish how plays develop. 

ESPN Deportes Provides Spanish-Language Call

The Spanish-language call of the game will be available on ESPN Player, with Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega announcing the action.

ESPN’s Innovative Initiatives Surround Social Media

ESPN will have a number of social media initiatives around the game, including viewers being able to receive a real-time photo from one of ESPN’s many cameras live during game action. Fans can tweet #CFPTwitterCam and they will instantly receive a photo in response from one of ESPN’s social media channels.

Jason Derulo to Headline AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! Virtual Concert on Eve of CFP National Championship

On Sunday, January 10, the first virtual AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! will feature a unique 5G-powered performance starring Jason Derulo. The concert, which typically takes place in the host city of the national championship game, will be livestreamed for free on AT&T’s YouTube channel, Jason Derulo’s Facebook page, CFP All Access and ESPN Player, allowing more fans and access than ever before.

Complete details surrounding ESPN’s studio coverage of the CFP National Championship will be announced in the coming days.

Oliver Clarke

Ollie first joined ESPN in 2016 from the University of Birmingham. Ollie looks after all things direct-to-consumer in EMEA. This includes, but not limited to, customer acquisition and retention, programming, customer life cycle management and communications.
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