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SBD/January 7, 2014/Media
Coaches' "Film Room" The Breakout Feature Of ESPN's BCS Title Game Megacast
Published January 7, 2014
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FINDING GOLD IN THEM HILLS: SI.com's Richard Deitsch wrote on his Twitter feed the "Film Room" is a "great reminder that when ESPN dials back on the self-promo & embrace debate BS, they can be revolutionary and great." Golf Channel's Gary Williams wrote, "ESPNews crushing it with film room format in real time of BCS title game. Very clever." The South Bend Tribune's Tyler James: "Like the Megacast on ESPNews. They could show less of the back of their heads, but cool to see coaches dissecting the game live." ESPN Radio 950 Richmond's Greg Burton: "Enjoying the megacast on ESPNNews. Very cool idea. Commentary exposes alot of armchair QB's seem." CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco: “I just loved watching the Coaches Room for the title game. Spielman is really, really good. Sumlin too.” Houston-based KILT-AM's Sean Pendergast: "I love the honesty of the Film room Megacast. Guy drops ball they all groan openly at how bad it is. Like watching on couch w buddies. Great." The San Antonio Express-News' Tim Griffin: "This megacast stuff is kind of cool. How 'bout doing the Super Bowl this way, too." SI's Stewart Mandel: "ESPN's experiment seems to be wildly successful, more people tweeting about the alt channels than the game itself."
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: While the "Film Room" feed on ESPNews played to rave reviews, words were not as kind for ESPN2's "Title Talk." Bleacher Report's Dan Levy wrote on Twitter, "Is anyone watching ESPN2 over Brent/Herbie? If so, tell me the exact moment Jesse Palmer freaks out and yells 'I put on a tie for this!?!?'" From Awful Announcing's feed: "By the 4th Quarter, this ESPN2 feed may devolve into some of the best trainwreck television that’s ever been produced."