ESPN’s MegaCast Returns with 14 Presentations for College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 11

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ESPN’s MegaCast Returns with 14 Presentations for College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 11

  • 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, with the network’s best innovation deployed for the presentation of No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Ohio State on Monday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m. ET.

ESPN’s main telecast will headline the MegaCast production, as ESPN offers 14 total presentations of the CFP National Championship Game across ESPN networks. College football’s dramatic finale from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. will be available in more than 160 countries courtesy of ESPN’s networks and streaming platforms.

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 Allison Williams 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 (Ohio State) and Allison Williams (Alabama) will provide news and insight from the sidelines, as Taylor works her fourth CFP National Championship and Williams covers her first.

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
ESPN’s MegaCast production includes five additional presentations across its television networks, six more offerings available on the ESPN App and a 4K feed to complete the MegaCast.

CFP Live debuts this year on ESPN2, utilizing 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 ESPNEWS, 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. Additionally, the Skycam viewing option will also be available in 4K on DIRECTV, Comcast and Optimum thanks to Samsung QLED.

The Spanish-language telecast (ESPN Deportes) and Hometown Radio (SEC Network and the ESPN App) 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 the ESPN App selections, with the All-22 viewing angle, Command Center, DataCenter and High SkyCam also available digitally.

  • Command Center (ESPN App)
    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 (ESPN App)
    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 (SEC Network and ESPN App)
    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 (SEC Network): 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 (ESPN App): Paul Keels, Jim Lachey, Matt Andrews and Skip Mosic
  • Refcast (ESPN App)
    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 (ESPN App)
    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 Radio: Sean McDonough Calls Fifth CFP National Championship, McElroy Announces First on ESPN Radio
Sean McDonough calls his fifth CFP National Championship on ESPN Radio, joining analyst Greg McElroy, who has called the CFP National Championship on the MegaCast previously for SEC Network. The radio broadcast is available throughout the country on more than 400 ESPN Radio stations, the ESPN App,, SiriusXM, Apple Music, iHeartRadio and TuneIn.

ESPN Deportes Provides Spanish-Language Call
The Spanish-language call of the game will be available on ESPN Deportes, 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.

College Football Playoff Promo Concludes, Featuring Eminem’s Grammy Award-Winning “Not Afraid”

ESPN also released today the third and final rendition of its creative spots to promote this year’s College Football Playoff, featuring a reimagined, custom orchestral interpretation of Eminem’s iconic track, “Not Afraid” from cinematic synth duo darkDARK. The spot focuses on portraits of fans and moments for Alabama and Ohio State, showing fan emotions from throughout the season intercut with on-field moments that led to this game, unlike any other year. The orchestral interpretation of Eminem’s “Not Afraid” was created specifically for this spot.

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 the ESPN App, allowing more fans and access than ever before. (Details)

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

Amanda Brooks

Amanda is the Senior Director of Communications overseeing publicity strategy for ESPN’s entire college sports portfolio, including college football and the College Football Playoff, 40 NCAA Championships and ESPN's college networks. Amanda is a proud alum of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and earned her master's in ethics from Vanderbilt University. A native of Kent, Ohio, she is a die-hard Cleveland Guardians fan.
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