ESPN will offer six ways to watch the BCS National Championship, including one that will render the “mute” button obsolete.
In its typical and delightfully understated way, ESPN is calling its coverage options for the Jan. 6 game between Florida State and Auburn a “BCS Megacast.” The game, with an 8:30 p.m. Eastern kickoff at the Rose Bowl, will be available on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Classic and online via ESPN3.
“BCS Megacast takes our previous multiplatform telecasts to the next level,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive vice president for programming and acquisitions, told USA Today. “We realized it would be a tremendous undertaking to coordinate so many coverage variations of the same game when we began brainstorming ideas in September. The exciting part is how much the original idea has grown in the past few months.”
Here’s how the lineup will work:
ESPN will carry the traditional game broadcast with Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit;
ESPN2 will broadcast “BCS Title Talk” broadcast with the game, analysts, guest hosts, coaches and celebrities;
ESPNews will show “BCS Film Room,” in-depth, play-by-play coverage with camera angles that are not in the main broadcast;
ESPN Classic will show the game broadcast — minus the announcers — with mics picking up sideline and public-address sounds;
ESPN Goal Line will have the “BCS Command Center” with split-screen views of live action and immediate replays of every play along with the ESPN Radio broadcast and stats;
ESPN3 online will show Auburn- and Florida State-centric feeds as well as a “BCS Campus Connection” showing live reaction on campus and a “BCS SpiderCam” option to watch from the over-the-field camera.
No matter whether the actual game measures up, this figures to do for the championship game what the Red Zone did for the NFL.