I mentioned this in the wakeup, but ESPN’s got about a million different ways for you to watch tonight’s national championship game between Alabama and Clemson. Okay, actually just fourteen, but still, that’s a lot. Here’s an overview of your options for watching tonight’s game via the Worldwide Leader:
Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will be in the booth, the duo’s third consecutive year calling the CFP National Championship. Samantha Ponder, making her CFP National Championship debut, reports on Clemson and Tom Rinaldi reports on Alabama. Rules expert Dave Cutaia will be available and Dr. Jerry Punch provides medical advisement on a serious injury that is potentially game changing.
ESPN has more than 90 cameras inside Raymond James Stadium, including staples of ESPN’s production: SkyCam, Pylon Cameras (all eight), and a full complement of RF cameras and steadicams.
ESPN2: Homers Telecast
The Homers Telecast (ESPN2) returns and features Clemson’s all-time leading passer Tajh Boyd and former Alabama center and three-time national champion Barrett Jones for the second consecutive year. The duo will serve as quasi-‘game analysts’ with a decidedly partisan view as they did last year for the national championship. Joe Tessitore handles the majority of the play-by-play and Adam Amin interviews additional personalities and assists with the game call. All four will work from field level of Raymond James Stadium, which can result in game action happening inches from them and Boyd and Jones celebrating with the teams – such as last year when Alabama’s Kenyan Drake returned a fourth quarter kickoff 95-yards for a touchdown.
ESPN News: Coaches Film Room
The popular Coaches Film Room (ESPNEWS) is back with a new wrinkle: Limited commercial breaks. During some breaks in the action on the other networks, ESPNEWS will stay with the Bristol, Conn., based production as the coaches provide in-depth analysis from a film room equipped with multiple camera angles, clicker technology and telestration – like last year during this Deshaun Watson TD throw.
This year’s coaches include:
- Steve Addazio (Boston College)
- Dino Babers (Syracuse)
- Dave Doeren (NC State)
- Mike MacIntrye (Colorado)
- Matt Rhule (Baylor)
- Kalani Sitake (BYU)
Brian Griese, ESPN college football analyst and national championship winning quarterback with Michigan (1997), joins the coaches to add his insight.
ESPNU: ESPN Voices
ESPN personalities watch the Crimson Tide-Tigers matchup unfold in a living room-type setting. Participants include Michelle Beadle, Jay Bilas, Keyshawn Johnson, Bill Walton and Marcellus Wiley. Additional guests could be added for the Los Angeles-based production. This is the third year of ESPN Voices. Video example from last year as Alabama converted a surprise onside kick.
SEC Network: Finebaum Film Room
Paul Finebaum and SEC Network analysts Greg McElroy and Booger McFarland along with Florida head coach Jim McElwain watch the game and provide instant analysis and reaction. The show, which will be produced at a location near Raymond James Stadium, will also take live calls throughout the game.
ESPN Classic/ESPN3: Sounds of the Game
This offering has pre-game on-field festivities, including band performances, as well as ESPN’s entire game telecast — sans commentators. The presentation’s audio will be amplified with dozens of microphones positioned throughout the stadium in addition to the public address announcer and referee calls to simulate the in-stadium fan experience. Both school’s halftime band performances will also be featured.
ESPN Goal Line: Command Center
A split-screen with simultaneous multiple camera views, which could include the main ESPN camera angle, the SkyCam view and isolated camera feeds of both Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Enhanced statistics and real time drive charts supplement the game action. The Command Center was utilized during this year’s College Football Playoff Semifinals.
ESPN3: Home Town Radio
In cooperation with Learfield Sports, the ESPN telecast will be available with the Alabama and Clemson home radio broadcasts serving as the commentary (separate feeds) along with a customized viewing experience that includes full-time isolated shots of head coaches and star players. Alabama’s radio team is Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Chris Stewart; the Clemson radio team is Don Munson, Rodney Williams and Patrick Sapp.
ESPN3: Data Center
On-screen graphic content ranging from analytics, real time drive charts, win probability updates, curated social media reaction and more. ESPN Radio’s call will be part of the presentation.
ESPN3: Sky Cam
A continuous feed of the camera that maneuvers above the field of play and often provides a behind-the-offense look at game action.
ESPN Radio has Sean McDonough calling play-by-play, Todd Blackledge as the game analyst, Holly Rowe on the Alabama sideline and Ian Fitzsimmons on the Clemson sideline. Rules expert Bill LeMonnier will also be available for the broadcast, which is available throughout the country to more than 400 ESPN Radio stations, ESPNRadio.com, SirusXMRadio, the ESPN app, Apple Music, TuneIn and Slacker Radio.