ESPN’s extensive college football programming is culminated by all five of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) matchups, including the Discover BCS National Championship (No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama) from Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, Jan. 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN 3D and WatchESPN.
Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will work their sixth consecutive BCS National Championship game, calling ESPN’s telecast with Saturday Night Football Presented by Windows 8 reporter Heather Cox and College GameDay Built by The Home Depot reporter Tom Rinaldi. For the second straight year, ESPN’s Monday Night Football signal caller Mike Tirico will work ESPN Radio’s broadcast with ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge and reporters Holly Rowe and Joe Schad: http://es.pn/11VjVQy.
Beginning New Year’s Day, ESPN will provide viewers with daily updates from all the action including all five BCS bowl games. College Football Live at the BCS will be televised daily from 3 – 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 4, and again on Monday, Jan. 7, providing all the latest news and analysis of the upcoming matchups. The network’s Emmy Award-winning pre-game show College GameDay will be live from the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Discover BCS National Championship where the crew will be joined by guest analysts and current head coaches Urban Meyer (Ohio State) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M): http://es.pn/VCx3UR.
Kicking off 2013, ESPNU will feature its largest on-site presence to-date with seven studio shows from Miami Gardens, Fla. The network’s 74 hours of content begins Tuesday, Jan. 1, and leads into the Discover BCS National Championship. The schedule is punctuated by a marathon of more than 24 hours of BCS-themed content beginning Sunday, Jan. 6, at 10 p.m. and extending until mid-morning Tuesday, Jan. 8: http://es.pn/W5AHXK.
ESPN Radio Shows
Mike & Mike in the Morning (6-10 a.m. ET M-F, simulcast on ESPN2) and SVP & Russillo (1-4 p.m. M-F, simulcast on ESPNEWS 1-3 p.m.) will originate from Miami’s South Beach Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 7-8. Notre Dame alum and morning co-host Mike Golic will watch his sons Mike Jr. and Jake play Monday night against Alabama.
Also, The Herd with Colin Cowherd (10 a.m.-1 p.m. M-F, simulcast on ESPNU) will be in South Beach on January 7, as will Trevor Matich and Brad Edwards, joining Russillo for a special 2-1/2-hour edition of College GameDay on ESPN Radio at 4 p.m.
Additionally, ESPN Radio will present a 2013 BCS Special hosted by College GameDay’s Ryen Russillo, Matich and Edwards. They will be joined by ESPN college football experts, as well as ESPN Radio’s Mikes Golic & Greenberg, Cowherd, Scott Van Pelt, Russillo, and Dari Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr. The special will run multiple times the weekend before the title game and will be available for download at ESPNRadio.com.
- ESPN Radio will present exclusive, live national coverage of all BCS contests culminating with the championship game Monday, Jan. 7.
- ESPN Radio has broadcast every BCS bowl game since the inception of the BCS. ESPN Radio’s bowl games – 37 announcers spread across 16 days – has been available to more than 400 stations nationwide.
- Internationally, ESPN Radio’s BCS coverage can be heard in Canada (TSN 1050 in Toronto) and the U.S Virgin Islands (WVWI-AM 1000/St. Thomas).
ESPN Deportes is the Spanish-language television home for the BCS. ESPN Deportes, for the first time, will air all five BCS bowls, including the Discover BCS National Championship: http://es.pn/SE1kpt for U.S. Hispanic sports fans.
ESPN International will televise the Discover BCS National Championship live to more than 100 countries, across six continents, reaching more than 100 million households:
- Latin America (49 countries): ESPN networks in Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, and the Caribbean.
- Israel and Sub-Saharan Africa (47 countries): ESPN Israel and ESPN Africa
- PacRim (six countries; 2.6 million households): ESPN PacRim
- Canada (12.5 million households): TSN and RDS
- Asia (22 countries; 176 million households): ESPN China, SE Asia, India, Taiwan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Japan (J Sports 2).
In addition, ESPN America (only European network devoted exclusively to the best in North American sport, available to 19 million homes in more than 40 countries) will broadcast live and exclusive coverage of all five BCS bowls including the title game with all available online through the live and on-demand streaming service ESPNPlayer.com: http://bit.ly/ESPNIntlBowls
- WatchESPN: Every live BCS game on ESPN is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox.
- ESPN3: Replays of every bowl game available shortly after the conclusion of the games.
- ESPN.com: Stories, columns, blogs, video elements and more. The bowls homepage will provide previews and post-game content on every game, as well as an in-depth look at all five BCS bowls with an individual page dedicated to the coverage of each: Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO, Discover Orange Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Discover BCS National Championship.
- ESPN Mobile: Clips, highlights, news and scores available through the ScoreCenter app and via the ESPN College Football app.
- Fans can follow @ESPNCFB on Twitter for the latest scores, news and highlights.
ESPN 3D will televise ESPN’s coverage of the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Discover BCS National Championship. In addition, Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore will provide extended coverage of the title game during select commercial breaks of the ESPN telecast.
ESPN The Magazine – NEXT issue on stands now
- Notre Dame made the championship by playing like an SEC team—with strong defense and a QB who protects the ball. But can the Irish beat Alabama at its own game? Perhaps Brian Kelly reverts to his air-it-out ways? ESPN The Magazine asked coaches, analysts and former players to find out what both teams can and hope to accomplish with their month of prep time. By Ryan McGee
- Insider Brian Fremeau’s projections for the BCS title game
- Recruiting Nation‘s Tom Luginbill highlighting a NEXT-worthy recruit for both Notre Dame and Alabama
ESPN Consumer Products
ESPN Consumer Products is bringing back the ESPN Bowl Championship Apparel by adidas—apparel and headwear that bring the tradition and excellence of the Bowl Championship Series to life. The collection features men’s and women’s tees, hoodies and headwear for all BCS bowl participants as well as a championship graphic for the five bowl winners. Headwear and apparel will be available for the following schools: Alabama, Florida, Florida St., Kansas St., Louisville, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford and Wisconsin: http://bit.ly/ECP2012BCS
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