ESPN pays hundreds of millions of dollars per year to broadcast the College Football Playoff. The network goes all in to make the National Championship a big, sparkling production, as will be the case for Monday’s game between Alabama and Georgia, which starts at 8 p.m. ET.
Here’s what ESPN has planned. Here are extended notes on various viewing options on TV and online.
- The usual broadcast on regular ESPN. The broadcasters on that call are Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analysis), Maria Taylor (sideline), and Tom Rinaldi (sideline). If you want the most standard viewing experience possible with announcers, crowd noise, and regular camera angles, this is the thing you’ll want to be tuned into this one.
- The beloved-in-internet-circles Coaches’ Film Room, which the network’s been holding during title games for years and also had going on during the Playoff semifinals on New Year’s Day. That’s on ESPNEWS and will feature the following coaches watching the game and dissecting it in real time: Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, Colorado State’s Mike Bobo (Georgia’s former OC), Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald, Duke’s David Cutcliffe, former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, and maybe more.
- A Homers Telecast on ESPN2, featuring former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and former Alabama safety Landon Collins. Murray will stroll around the field with ESPN’s Adam Amin, while Collins will walk with Joe Tessitore.
- Finebaum Film Room on the SEC Network, where Paul Finebaum and some of his friends (Gene Chizik and Greg McElroy, in this case) watch the game and take viewer calls. This could be appointment viewing given the all-SEC nature of this particular game.
- Online: options to watch the entire game from a SkyCam angle, the high SkyCam angle, or to watch it all from an even higher, all-22 angle that shows every player on the field at once. You can also watch with synced local radio calls.
- The Command Center on ESPN Goal Line features “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 Georgia head coach Kirby Smart 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.” That sounds like a whole lot to me, but it could be fun.
- If you can’t watch (or if you’d just prefer national radio instead of TV audio), ESPN Radio’s team calling the game: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe, and Ian Fitzsimmons.
- ESPN Deportes’ TV broadcasters will be Lalo Varela and Pablo Viruega, while Kenneth Garay and Sebastian Martinez will handle the radio side.