ESPN Offering Audiences Various Viewing Options For CFB Bowl Games Coverage

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The ESPN family of networks will carry extensive coverage of the College Football Playoff Semifinals today.

The double header schedule starts at 4 p.m. as the No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers take on No. 4 Oklahoma in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.  No. 2 Ohio State faces off against No. 3 Clemson in the second game on the day, the Fiesta Bowl.  Broadcast for that game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will cover the Fiesta Bowl while Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge will partner for coverage of the Peach Bowl.

Those who won’t be near a TV today can still catch each game online through ESPN Radio.  Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath will cover the Peach Bowl.  The broadcast team of Sean Kelly, Barrett Jones and Ian Fitzsimmons will cover the Fiesta Bowl.

ESPN’s coverage of each game will feature a variety of camera angles, giving viewers the fullest possible picture of each down, run and throw.  Alternate presentation will be available on ESPNU, ESPNEWS and on the ESPN App.

Tom Luginbill and Louis Riddick will anchor the Peach Bowl broadcast on ESPNU.  The duo will follow the game in real time, breaking down each play as the game progresses.

ESPNEWS’ presentation will take viewers high above the field in each game.  Replays will be shown throughout the network’s coverage of each game.

The ESPN App’s All-22 coverage also takes viewers above the field in each game.  The perspective allows audiences to watch the games the same way in which players and coaches study games.

ESPN2 will also present its own unique presentation of the games, as will ESPN Goal Line.

The new angles and ways to watch are just part of what makes this year’s CFB playoffs coverage special for viewers.  This year marks the first time that the Allstate Sugar Bowl will be presented in full 4K.  The presentation will come through sponsorship by Samsung QLED.  it will be available to audiences who receive their 4K service through Altice, Comcast or DIRECTV.

The Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl are just two of the College Football bowl games that the ESPN networks will carry throughout the weekend.  ESPN will carry the Cotton Bowl starting at noon.  The Memphis Tigers and Penn State Nittany Lions will face off in that game.

The Florida Gators and Virginia Cavaliers will go toe-to-toe Dec. 30 in the Capital One Orange Bowl on ESPN.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. EST.

The Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers will take to the field Jan.1 in the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual.  ESPN will cover that game, too, with the broadcast beginning at 5 p.m. EST.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl will air at 8:45 p.m. EST on Jan. 1 on ESPN.  No. 5 Georgia will take on No. 7 Baylor in that game.

The College Football Championship presented by AT&T will finish off the ESPN networks’ annual CFB coverage on Jan. 13.  The winners of today’s semifinals matchups will determine the teams for the CFB Championship game.

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ESPN Adds Chip Kelly To Its College Football Broadcast Roster

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ESPN has added a new big name to its college football coverage roster.

Chip Kelly was named the latest addition this week to the network’s roster of college football analysts.  Kelly, who has more than 30 years experience in college and professional football, will serve as a studio analyst for many of the network’s college football broadcasts. According to a press release from ESPN, Kelly will also appear on Friday and Sunday editions of SportsCenter to offer insight on college and NFL matchups.

Lee Fitting, ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer, called Kelly’s outside the box approach as a coach one of his major strong points while discussing his addition to the network’s on-air football roster.

“Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” Fitting said.  “As a coach, he saw the game from a unique perspective, never afraid to take an unconventional approach.  We want him to bring that mentality to our college football coverage each week, offering fans a varying viewpoint outside of the conventional thought process.”

Kelly said in response, he intended to use that unconventional approach when he begins his time with the network, adding he is anticipating starting the next chapter of his football career with ESPN.

“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective – as a coach,” Kelly said.  “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously;  I’ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.  Once I decided to make the move to television, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality productions and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.”

From 2009 – 12, Kelly served as head coach of the University of Oregon’s football team, compiling a record of 46 – 7.  That record included wins in the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl, and a trip to the College Football National Championship.  In 2009 and ’10, he led the Ducks to the Pac-10 title.  He also led the team to the Pac-12 title.

His time at the helm in Oregon is only one part a 24-year college football career.  Before taking the helm at Oregon, he also spent two years as the team’s offensive coordinator. He spent the past four seasons in the National Football League, including a stint at the helm of the Philadelphia Eagles.

While leading the Eagles, Kelly led the team to a 10 – 6 record and led the team to the NFC East title.

Kelly’s own accolades include Pac-10 Coach of the year in 2009.  He earned four separate coach of the year awards in 2010 including the Associated Press Coach of the Year award.

Kelly will start his on-air college football career with ESPN with the start of this year’s college football season.

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Nine For IX’s Penultimate Production Airs Tuesday

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The Nine for IX series winds down next Tuesday, August 20th with the penultimate film in the Summer-long film series from ESPN Films and espnW.  The 99ers premieres Tuesday night at 8pm ET on ESPN.  It focuses on the 1999 U.S. women’s national soccer team.  On July 10, 1999, the U.S. women’s national soccer team turned the women’s sports world on its ear when the Women’s national soccer team defeated China’s women’s national soccer team at the famed Rose Bowl to take the Women’s World Cup.  The victory came in front of more than 90,000 fans in attendance and an estimated 40 million fans watching on television.

The story of the iconic victory is told by longtime U.S. Women’s national soccer team captain Julie Foudy.   It’s through Foudy’s own words that audiences gain an understanding of the mentality that led the U.S. women’s national soccer team to victory over China.  It uses not just interviews with Foudy, but behind-the-scenes footage shot by members of the team that have never before been seen.  It reunites key players from the 1999 U.S. women’s national team for the story, directed by Erin Leyden and produced by Foudy. 

The 99ers is the second to last film in the Nine for IX series this Summer.  The series’ final film, Branded airs August 27th at 8pm ET on ESPN.  Each film will be available for download via iTunes the day after its broadcast.  A collectible gift set containing each film will be available on October 15th, 2013. 

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Herbstreit Signs New Nine-Year Deal With ESPN

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ESPN fans will be seeing a lot more of veteran college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.  The two-time Sports Emmy Award winner has signed a new deal with “The Sports Leader” that will keep him there through 2022.  He earned the award for “Best Studio Analyst” in 2010 and 2011.  He will continue to call ABC’s Saturday Night Football package and will also make weekly appearances on a number of ESPN shows including: ESPN College Game Day built by The Home Depot and College Football Live.  This season marks Herbstreit’s eighteenth season as co-analyst on the prior of the two. 

When asked about the new deal, ESPN Executive VP of Production John Wildhack expressed his pleasure at having the deal finalized.  “Kirk Herbstreit is synonymous with college football’s biggest stage and moments. He is at the top of his game and he’s ours into the next decade. We’re thrilled,” he said.  Herbstreit shared that sentiment, adding “I’ve always felt that ESPN and ABC are the home of college football and even more so now that they have the College Football Playoff for 12 years. Considering the opportunities that lay ahead and the great people I get to work with every day, it was an easy decision to stay with the company that gave me my start.”

This season, he will also get back to his radio roots.  He will start working with Colin Cowherd for his show, The Herd with Colin CowherdThe Herd airs on ESPN Radio Monday – Friday from 10am – 1pm EST. 

The new, nine-year deal will see Herbstreit back in the booth again for this year’s Rose Bowl and BCS Title National Championship.  When the BCS system switches over in 2015 to the College Football Playoff, Herbstreit will call one National Semifinal and the National Championship each season.  Along with this, he will also make contributions on SportsCenter, online at, and in ESPN The Magazine.   

Herbstreit’s College Game Day cohort Lee Corso shared his thoughts on the announcement, adding that it is because of Herbstreit that College Game Day is as popular as it is today.  “ESPN and College GameDay are better because of Kirk. He is not only a talented analyst, he is an even better person, family man and an asset to ESPN,” he said.  “And I am proud of all he has accomplished. To him I say, ‘Not so fast my friend…’ I look forward to working next to Kirk beyond my 86th birthday!”

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