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FSU/Auburn BCS Title Tilt To Be “Megacast”

television-wallYou’ve heard of broadcasting.  Now get ready for “megacasting.”

ESPN has announced plans to air the BCS Championship Game between Auburn and Florida State via six different pipelines.  Yep, six.  Your viewing options will be as follows:

 

ESPN — The traditional broadcast featuring Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit.

ESPN 2 — “BCS Title Talk” will run throughout the game, featuring commentary and discussion among ESPN analysts, coaches and celebrities.

ESPNews — “BCS Film Room” will be provide play-by-play analysis from different camera angles.

ESPN Classic — “Sounds of the BCS” will feature only the game and in-stadium sounds (field mics, PA announcer, etc), no announcers.

ESPN3 — The website will provide team-specific coverage with the radio broadcasts from both schools available.

ESPN Goal Line — This game time-only channel will provide live action video, replays, the ESPN radio broadcast and up-to-the-minute stats.

 

ESPN head of programming Norby Williamson told USA Today: “We always champion the multi-platform approach of ESPN.  We thought this was the perfect opportunity to frankly have some fun, experiment and try to come up with different offerings to see what we can deliver on the biggest stage that we’re going to have.”

Expect Mike Slive and the folks at the SEC office to be watching closely.  As the SEC/ESPN partnership expands next season with the launch of the SEC Network, it’s a good bet the conference and the network will at some point trot out a multi-platform experience for a mondo SEC-versus-SEC contest.

The biggest drawback to this type thing in this writer’s opinion?  The constant fear that you’re missing something better on another channel.  Have those clickers ready, fans.

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UF’s Meyer Officially Joins ESPN

Former Florida coach Urban Meyer will be joining ESPN’s college football team as a regular analyst for the network.  He will work weekly regular-season games and provide studio analysis for “College Football Live” and “College GameDay” according to ESPN’s website.

And that’s great news for the Florida football program.

The idea of Meyer staying around campus, having an office, and dropping by practice sounded nice at Will Muschamp’s introductory presser, but no new coach wants the old coach hanging around and looking over his shoulder.  Players upset with Muschamp might try to drop by Meyer’s office for advice or a shoulder to cry on.  Not good.  Now that likely won’t be a problem.

“Coach Meyer brings a fresh voice and a contemporary knowledge of the game,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive VP for production.  “As he showed during BCS coverage, his ability to communicate the strategic aspects of the game and his incredible track record for success will serve college football fans everywhere.”

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