One of the more recent broadcasting innovations to draw acclaim has been ESPN’s decision to blanket college football’s championship game with a litany of viewing options. While the wide majority of fans still prefer the main telecast, new features like the Film Room and different camera angles have produced new, fun, informative ways to watch football. It’s also led other networks to explore alternative viewing options to continue raising the bar for new and exciting ways to enjoy sports.
While ESPN hasn’t announced specific plans for this year’s Megacast, we will see a few of those elements employed for the College Football Playoff semifinals on New Year’s Eve.
– ESPN will air the main feed for Clemson vs Oklahoma and Michigan State vs Alabama.
– ESPN2 will be simulcasting the ESPN Deportes Spanish language feed for both games, which coupled with ESPN Deportes airing Super Bowl 50, represents a great push by ESPN into that market.
– ESPN3 will feature both home radio calls for each semifinal and the spider cam feed.
– Pylon Cam will make an appearance, which is awesome.
– For Michigan State v Alabama, ESPN will bring back Finebaum Film Room on SEC Network as Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland, and former Missouri coach Gary Pinkel join PAWWWWWLLLL. And just like last year, calls will be taken during the game, which could lead to some great fun (especially if Alabama is on the wrong end of the scoreboard once again).
It’s not quite the full Megacast experience, but it’s good to see ESPN explore some different options here and try to reach some new audiences with college football.