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ESPN Once Again Going All Out For LSU-Clemson CFP "Megacast"

ESPN will produce 15 versions of its telecast of the CFP Championship on Monday, utilizing "approximately 100 cameras, and more than 100 microphones" for its CFP "Megacast," according to Dan Caesar of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. The net has "done versions of this before, but never to this extent." ESPN will have the traditional telecast featuring Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler. ESPN2 will have Adam Amin and Steve Levy "roaming the sidelines and providing perspective"; they will be joined by analysts Pat McAfee and Dan Orlovsky. On ESPNU, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, Boston College coach Jeff Hafley, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason and TCU coach Gary Patterson will "dissect the game from their perspective." ESPNews will show several angles, as well as updated statistics. A "goal line channel" will shows "stats, analytics and social media commentary." SEC Network will show the "traditional telecast, but with the LSU radio feed instead of ESPN's announcers." ACC Network will show the traditional telecast with the Clemson radio feed. On ESPN Classic, the feed will showcase "natural sounds from the stadium, including band performances." Another feed will have a "full-time view from the 'skycam' hovering over the field," with a third feed showing "all 22 players, similar to a coach's film" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 1/10).

OUTSIDE CALLING IN: In Birmingham, John Talty notes Nick Saban is "expected to play a prominent role in ESPN's pregame and halftime coverage" of the game. The current plan is for Saban to "appear as part of ESPN's 'Championship Drive' pregame show" starting at 6:00pm ET. Saban is "expected to be an active voice throughout the show leading up to kickoff," and also will "appear as part of the halftime coverage breaking down the game" (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 1/10). In Cleveland, Stephen Means notes Ohio State coach Ryan Day and Hafley are "both expected to make appearances on multiple shows on ESPN during its coverage of the game." Their roles will begin at 1:00pm, "making appearances" on "College Football Live," "College GameDay," "Championship Drive" and "College Football Playoff Pregame" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/10).