A mock-up of ESPN Goal Line, which will provide secondary coverage of the title game. (photo:Washington Post/ESPN)
First there was black and white television, then color TV, then came ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Next came the several options to view sports provided by satellite and cable channels. Now ESPN has announced plans to provide a variety of ways to view the same sporting event.
Starting January 6th with the BCS National Championship Game, ESPN will premiere what they have termed as a “Megacast.” The network will provide six different ways for fans to watch the big game. And each option will include live fan reactions from parties of fans at Auburn and Florida State.
In addition to the normal ESPN broadcast, ESPN2 will feature ESPN college football analysts and coaches giving their perspective of the title game. ESPNEWS, will have the“BCS Film Room,” featuring play-by-play analysis using different camera angles from those used in the regular broadcast. The idea according to Norby Williamson, ESPN Vice president is to, “Have different people from different perspectives agreeing, disagreeing, learning.”
On ESPN Classic, the network will replace the play-by-play call, with the sounds heard in the stadium with microphones on the field and in the stands to give the viewer the experience of being there.
ESPN Goal Line will have the screen split between live action and replays of the previous play along with the ESPN Radio call and live game statistics.
But probably the most interesting mode will be through the online ESPN3 where the voices of Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will be replaced with the broadcast of Auburn IMG’s Rod Bramblett and Stan White. For Auburn fans, that has to be the next best thing to being there.