National Championship MEGACAST open thread

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on January 11th, 2016 at 7:55 PM

This is kind of ridiculous, but I'd download and watch every version if Michigan was in this game and won it.



Traditional TV broadcast (ESPN): This is your typical TV broadcast featuring Chris Fowler calling play-by-play, Kirk Herbstreit as the analyst, Heather Cox on the Clemson sideline and Tom Rinaldi on the Alabama sideline.

Traditional radio broadcast (ESPN Radio): This is your typical radio broadcast, featuring Mike Tirico calling play-by-play, Todd Blackledge as the analyst, Holly Rowe on the Alabama sideline and Joe Schad on the Clemson sideline.

Film Room (ESPN2): ESPN analysts Brian Griese and Chris Spielman, along with Florida head coach Jim McElwain and other additional guests, will provide in-depth analysis of the game as it happens from a film room equipped with multiple camera angles, clicker technology and telestration at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters.

ESPN Voices (ESPNEWS): ESPN personalities watch the game from Los Angeles in a living room-type atmosphere. Participants include Teddy Atlas, Michelle Beadle, Jay Bilas, Taylor Twellman and Marcellus Wiley. Additional guests could be added.

Homer Telecast (ESPNU): Joe Tessitore will host former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and former Alabama center Barrett Jones in the booth, along with other quasi-‘game analysts’ with a decidedly partisan view towards their alma maters.

Finebaum Film Room (SEC Network): Paul Finebaum, Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland and Bret Bielema watch the game and provide their instant analysis and reaction while also take live calls throughout the game. Fans can interact by tagging their tweets with #FinebaumFilmRoom.

Sounds of the Game (ESPN Classic): This is ESPN’s game telecast sans commentators and includes full coverage of the pregame on-field entertainment and halftime band performances.

Command Center (ESPN Goal Line): This broadast features a full-time split screen application showing the live game action, immediate replays of every play, isolated camera feeds of both head coaches, enhanced statistics, real time drive charts and the ESPN Radio broadcast.

Spanish-Language Call (ESPN Deportes): Tjis is the Spanis-language broadcast of the game, featuring Lalo Varela, Pablo Viruega, Bernardo Osuna and Carlos Nava..

Mock Replay Booth (ESPN3)Current and former ACC and SEC replay officials take viewers through the full process of reviewing every play from their recreated replay booth set up in Bristol.

Pylon Cam (ESPN3): This broadcast is exactly as it sounds — a continuous stream of the cameras being fed from the eight pylons surrounding the field, both at the goal lines and for the first time from the backlines of the end zones.

Home Town Radio (ESPN3): Each team’s radio announcers will call the game with a customized viewing experience that includes full time isolated shots of head coaches and star players.

Data Center (ESPN3): This broadcast will include significant on-screen graphic content ranging from analytics, real time drive charts, win probability updates, curated social media reaction and more.

Spider Cam (ESPN3): This will be a continuous feed of the “spider cam” that maneuvers above the field of play.

Taco Bell Student Section (ESPN3): Cameras in the Taco Bell student sections — focusing on students, bands, mascots (LOL) and cheerleaders of each team — will focus on how the most enthusiastic fans in the building are reacting with every play.


UM Fan from Sydney

January 11th, 2016 at 7:57 PM ^

The fact that the NCAA title game is on a Monday night at 8:30 is asinine. Do they not want casual fans watching the entire game? Most people need to work tomorrow morning and will not stay awake for the entire game.

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East German Judge

January 11th, 2016 at 8:08 PM ^

While you are right about that aspect of it, at least in terms of getting family and friends together to watch the SB as a group and to plan and prep for the party, it is easier as opposed to doing it on a weekday.

Plus, people on the west coast, it is easier for them to be home on time to watch the game on a Sunday (except for those who work weekends) vs. Monday.

Mr. Yost

January 11th, 2016 at 8:04 PM ^

Why aren't people going to be watching?

It's 5:30 on the west coast.

I think they should've started it right at 8p...but this game is going to get a HUGE number. Not sure how long people have to watch for it to "count." But if it's a competitive'll be a huge draw.


January 11th, 2016 at 8:07 PM ^

In the stands.  Also heard this was the cheapest Championship ticket over the last 5 years.  Bama fans not wanting to travel to see another championship?  

Bando Calrissian

January 11th, 2016 at 8:11 PM ^

At some point, when you've already gone to a bunch of championship games, the market is going to be tapped out for a fanbase. Only so much cash to drop, and only so many games before everyone who'd want to go to one has been--and seen a win. Not to mention probably a lot of folks who spent their money on the semifinal trip. This is a more expensive trip, too, when you consider you have about a week's notice to lock down travel plans.

Mr. Yost

January 11th, 2016 at 8:12 PM ^

Do people actually want to travel to Phoenix? 

I feel like the older crowd would love the golf and outdoors, the younger crowd would like to hangout with the #1 party school in the country. But I'm not sure it screams "vacation" to a lot of people.

At least not like Miami and New Orleans and LA.

Mr. Yost

January 11th, 2016 at 8:15 PM ^

It makes me want Michigan in this so damn bad. My DVR would blow up there would be so much recording.

They promote and sell this playoff better than anything, IMO. It can suck if your rival team is playing, but hell, they give you the complete experience.

And I don't mind I said in the Gameday thread, this is it. It's over after this. Take it all in now because it's over for a looooooong time.

Pro Sports drag on forever, but college football gives you just enough and then it's gone.


January 11th, 2016 at 8:13 PM ^

I think Bama will win bc of their front seven, coupled with the likely decrease in production from Clemson's injured stars.

I am rooting for Clemson though bc that would make 3 straight seasons where the SEC didn't win the title.

Go tigers!!

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January 11th, 2016 at 8:24 PM ^

Yes, which is why I put it in """"" QUOTES

Not everything I write is meant to be taken literally.  Just like yesterday when I mentioned that the Vikings had rennovated the Minn stadium and chose the sunny side of the sidelines.  That is the truth but the "Internet Police" here tried to call me out on it (note the quotes around Internet Police).  As I result, I posted articles showing my point.  WTF