ESPN looks to have just about every angle covered for Monday night's college football national championship between No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Clemson. Hundreds of cameras and microphones and dozens of talking heads will bring the game to viewers in 15 different ways through both television and apps.
ESPN calls it a "Megacast" lineup. The game itself will kickoff at 8 p.m. ET Monday. The main broadcast will be on ESPN, and a Spanish broadcast will be on ESPN Deportes. But for those wanting even more out-of-ordinary coverage, there will be Refcast, Field Pass, a coaches film room, ESPN's command center, Skycast and local radio coverage from each team's networks—shown appropriately on conference-affiliated TV networks operated by ESPN.
There will be cameras dedicated to showing nothing but Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and LSU coach Ed Orgeron. ESPN senior vice president of production Lee Fitting said Monday's game will be a chance for the network to blow out its coverage in the crowning moment of the college season.
"The College Football Playoff National Championship is the pinnacle of our college football season," Fitting said. "This one telecast is a blend of our best technology and innovation, providing viewers an experience that is befitting to the magnitude of the game. I couldn't be more proud of our entire team's work, from commentators to reporters, producers, technical staff, operations and more, in preparing to showcase the game to the world."
Some state-of-the-art technology that will be infiltrated through the various broadcasts includes: AllCam, Pylon cameras, skytcams, a camera inside the referee's cap, line-to-gain technology and virtual reality graphics.
Here's the basic, but elaborate, "Megacast" by ESPN for the LSU-Clemson 2020 national championship game from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
ESPN — Main Broadcast
If the traditional, unbiased game on TV is what you're looking for, the ESPN flagship station will have the game with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth, and with sideline reporters Tom Rinaldi (LSU sideline) and Maria Taylor (Clemson sideline).
ESPN2 — Field Pass
Adam Amin and Steve Levy will roam the sidelines and provide a free-flowing commentary of the national championship. They are expected to be joined by various guests throughout the game. ESPN2 Field Pass will also have a secondary pregame show with analysts Pat McAfee and Dan Orlovsky.
ESPNU — Coaches Film Room
Coaches from outside the game will gather to give their insight into every play of the national championship.
ESPNews — Command Center
This channel will have up to four camera angles at one time, coupled with real-time stats and drive charts.
ESPN Goal Line — DataCenter
This channel will encapsulate the main broadcast with real-time stats, analysis, player information and social media trends.
ACC Network — Clemson Radio Broadcast
The Clemson radio call with Don Munson, Tim Bourret, Brad Scott and Reggie Merriweather in conjunction with the TV broadcast.
SEC Network — LSU Radio Broadcast
The LSU radio call with Chris Blair, Doug Moreau and Gordy Rush in conjunction with the broadcast.
ESPN Classic — Sounds of the Game
With hundreds of microphones from inside the Superdome, viewers can experience the sounds of the game in natural audio, and band performances can be seen on this broadcast.
ESPN App — Refcast
Former NFL referee John Parry, former SEC referee Matt Austin and Pac-12 replay official Judson Howard will give a referee's perspective on this production based out of Bristol, Connecticut.
ESPN App — Skycast
This will show action from above the playing surface with a camera that will typically be behind the offense and pointing downward. This year, though, it will have replays shown regularly.
ESPN App — All-22
This camera angle will show all 22 players on the field at the same time, giving the app viewer the same thing that players and coaches see in the field room when they're scouting an opponent.
ESPN App — Techcast
A slew of camera angles—up to 12 at one time—that allow viewers lots of angles simultaneously.
ESPN Deportes — Spanish-Language Call
Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and Raul Allegre will have the broadcast in Spanish.
ESPN will use various social media outlets to showcase the game and interact with users all over the world. Fans can instantly receive a photo from the game by tweeting #CFPTwitterCam during the game.
ESPN Pregame Coverage
The network planned to be all over New Orleans with live broadcasts and productions throughout the city beginning Friday, January 10, 2020 through the postgame after the Monday night contest.