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ESPN is doing some neat things for the BCS Championship


Over at USA Today, Paul Myerberg breaks down ESPN’s “megacast” of the BCS Championship, which despite the name doesn’t completely come across as overkill.

ESPN is offering six different ways to watch the Jan. 6 BCS Championship between Auburn and Florida State:

— The traditional TV broadcast, featuring Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit on ESPN
— “BCS Title Talk,” airing on ESPN2
— “BCS film room,” airing on ESPNNews
— “Sounds of the BCS” on ESPN Classic
— “BCS Command Center” on ESPN Goal Line
— The Auburn and Florida State radio calls on ESPN3

Check out the article to get the complete nuts and bolts of everything, but the one I’m most excited for is the “Sounds of the BCS.” It’ll be a broadcast of the game without play-by-play announcers — just ambient stadium noise. Nothing against Musberger or Herbstreit, but some times play-by-play announcers just need to let the crowd do the talking. To wit:

That’s a cool moment that would’ve been cooler had the announcing crew (and I generally like Mike Patrick) just stopped talking as soon as Enter Sandman began and let the noise carry the broadcast until Miami snapped the ball.

Of course, there are plenty of times when an announcer’s call adds to a moment (see: Bramblett, Rod). But just flipping over for the crowd noise for a few plays will be a nice little treat next month.

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10 Responses to “ESPN is doing some neat things for the BCS Championship”
  1. drummerhoff says: Dec 19, 2013 1:21 PM

    this is brilliant. i wish i got espn classic in HD … the ‘sounds of the bcs’ would be my first choice, but not if its in SD.

  2. blacknole08 says: Dec 19, 2013 1:30 PM

    This sounds better than actually hearing the commentary. The last thing we need is old man Musberger mouth-breathing over some hottie.

  3. blacknole08 says: Dec 19, 2013 1:30 PM

    Oh, and keep that winch Heather Cox off the Seminoles sideline. Stupid woman!

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 19, 2013 1:39 PM

    I don’t get ESPN Classic in HD either… 😦 Damn you UVerse!!!

    That to me would be an AWESOME way to experience a game at home. It’s the closest thing to being there, without actually being there….

  5. imaduffer says: Dec 19, 2013 2:06 PM

    I turn on the SAP. GOOOOOOOAL!! I mean TOUCHDOOOOOOOWN!!

  6. bender4700 says: Dec 19, 2013 2:10 PM

    Best video of a college game I’ve seen in years. Incredible.

  7. bender4700 says: Dec 19, 2013 2:21 PM

    This is smart for ESPN because if it’s a crappy game (like most) we still have other options. Unlike last year. Thank God for the DVR hard drive. Caught up on some good shows.

  8. gnorules says: Dec 19, 2013 3:41 PM

    Best football game I’ve ever been to, bar none. The place went nuts and I was lucky enough to be there. When you have a football game that actually measured three small earthquakes on the richter scale, you know it’s a great game.

  9. lbijake says: Dec 19, 2013 4:18 PM

    Commentators just offer a chance to shill more ad time. Plug while the game is ongoing. I hate it when they are telling a stupid story while a great play is going on.

  10. eprobono says: Dec 19, 2013 6:48 PM

    Boy, I couldn’t agree with you more. Knowing when to shut up was one of Keith Jackson’s greatest talents. I loved listening to him broadcast a game.

    BTW, it’s not just football where this applies. Can someone PLEASE give Dick Vitale a hint that he’d be ten times better if he’d keep his pie hole shut for more than 10 seconds at a time.

    While I’m at it, can someone please give all the sports broadcasters a new word to replace “unbelievable”. Everything that happens cannot be “unbelievable”.

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