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Fans Will Have Different Viewing Options for BCS National Championship Game

By on December 20th, 2013 in Football, News 8 Comments »

            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.


  1. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I notice in all of this there’s nothing for the common folk with no cable. Could have put it on ABC, but no.

  2. win4au says:

    Look at the stat’s panel on the mock-up. Does ESPN hate Auburn or what?

  3. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    End of the first half, 30 minutes of football, yet both teams have combined for 60 minutes of possession. 12 total penalities for 100 yards and 5 combined turnovers. Sloppy game and there’s no score! Not to mention that the Orange beat the Hokies by 14 in OT…

  4. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I might record the ESPN2 and/or ESPNEWS version, have ESPN3 on an iPad and ESPN on the tv. That should do it!

  5. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    From stat panel mock up “Rushing yards: FSU 205, Auburn 130. Yeah, like that’s gonna happen.”

    Anyway, I don’t know how those channels will be able to do play-by-play analysis when Gus is going full tilt boogie. ESPN usually has to go to split screen when showing replays because we’re already running the next play.

  6. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    I usually watch the games with the sound off so I won’t have to hear those talking heads with their biased reporting. I may be with a group this year, so I’ll have to take off my hearing aids so that I won’t be disturbed and can concentrate on THE GAME!

    And, as I always say, WIN OR LOSE, EVERYONE KNOWS:


    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!