After the success of the megacast on the BCS and College Football Playoff National Championship Games, it’s only natural that ESPN extends the concept to the semifinals just like they did last year. For the Peach Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl, there will be the main game broadcasts on ESPN and also various alternate feeds on ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes and SEC Network. While this won’t be a full-blown megacast that we saw earlier this year for Alabama-Clemson, we’ll still have some features that will provide some good food for thought during the semifinals on December 31.

The Finebaum Film Room returns as does the local radio calls. In addition, you’ll see a dedicated skycam feed that will provide looks that you normally don’t see from the traditional camera angles.

Let’s take a look at some of the features that will be showcased during this season’s College Football Playoff semifinals:

Command Center Telecast — ESPN2: This will be a split-screen feed with multiple camera angles on at once. You could see the main camera view along with a skycam feed as well as various isolated camera angles.

Finebaum Film Room — SEC Network: This has been very enjoyable since it was brought into the megagcast. Whether it’s the analysis from the guests or the phone calls from regular fans, there’s always something to watch. This year, Booger McFarland will join Paul as will Jordan Rodgers and Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze.

Hometown Audio –ESPN3: The local radio calls from the four schools will be synced to the main ESPN feed.

SkyCam — ESPN3: View from above the field and behind the offense.

DataCenter — ESPN3: This will be real-time statistics, tweets and what ESPN says will be “additional relevant information” all tied into one feed.

And there will be calls on ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and ESPN Radio. This won’t be the full megacast, but it gives us a taste of what we’ll see when the National Championship Game takes place on January 9.


About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.