14 Different Ways to Watch Alabama Play Clemson in 2016 National Championship
The college football season will come to a close on Monday night with all eyes on the 2016 national championship between Alabama and Clemson and fans will have plenty of choices on how they want to watch it.
ESPN, which has the rights to the playoff for another 10 years, will maximize its platforms to bring football fans a 'Megacast' for the game in Glendale, Arizona. The network announced on Wednesday that it will broadcast 14 different productions across the company.
For traditionalists, ESPN will be your home for the game. The broadcast begins at 7:30 PM/CT with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi on the call. That will be your standard game production that you've become accustomed to.
If you want to see some unique perspectives or hear some additional analysis, there will be 13 more places for you to tune into the Crimson Tide and Tigers. Here are the options and descriptions provided from ESPN:
- Film Room (ESPN2): ESPN analysts Brian Griese and Chris Spielman, along with Florida head coach Jim McElwain and other additional guests, will provide in-depth analysis of the game as it happens from a film room equipped with multiple camera angles, clicker technology and telestration at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters.
- ESPN Voices (ESPNEWS): Live from Los Angeles, ESPN personalities watch the Crimson Tide-Tigers matchup unfold in a living room-type atmosphere. Participants include Teddy Atlas, Michelle Beadle, Jay Bilas, Taylor Twellman and Marcellus Wiley. Additional guests could be added.
- Homer Telecast (ESPNU): An alternate version of the traditional game telecast — Joe Tessitore will host the interplay between Clemson’s all-time leading passer Tajh Boyd and former Alabama center and three-time national champion Barrett Jones as they serve as quasi-‘game analysts’ with a decidedly partisan view towards their alma maters. Other partisan guests and ESPN personalities will join the commentary which will be conducted primarily from field level.
- Finebaum Film Room (SEC Network): Paul Finebaum and his in-studio guests – SEC Network analysts Greg McElroy, and Booger McFarland and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema – will watch the game and provide their instant analysis and reaction. The show, which will be produced at a location near University of Phoenix Stadium, will also take live calls throughout the game and fans can interact by tagging their tweets with #FinebaumFilmRoom. SEC Network will have on-site coverage all weekend leading up to the game, with full details released tomorrow.
- Sounds of the Game (ESPN Classic and ESPN3): ESPN’s game telecast — sans commentators — will be amplified with dozens of microphones positioned throughout the stadium in addition to the public address announcer and referee calls to recreate the in-stadium fan experience of being seated at the game. This will include full coverage of the pregame on-field entertainment and halftime band performances.
- Command Center (ESPN Goal Line): Features a full-time split screen application showing the live game action, along with immediate replays of every play, isolated camera feeds of both head coaches, enhanced statistics, real time drive charts and the ESPN Radio broadcast call of Mike Tirico, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe and Joe Schad.
- Spanish-Language Call (ESPN Deportes): Lalo Varela, Pablo Viruega, Bernardo Osuna, and Carlos Nava call the game in Spanish, available throughout the United States.
- Mock Replay Booth (ESPN3): An authentic recreation of the replay booth experience will give an inside look at the review process in which replay officials review every play of the game, determine which plays are subject to further review and then what happens during an official replay stoppage. Current ACC Replay Official Ralph Pickett and current SEC Replay Communicator Ben Oldham will take viewers through the full process of reviewing every play from their recreated replay booth set up in Bristol. They will be joined by former ACC Coordinator of Officials and current ESPN Rules Expert Doug Rhoads.
- Pylon Cam (ESPN3): A continuous stream of the cameras being fed from the eight pylons surrounding the field, both at the goal lines and for the first time from the backlines of the end zones. The position of the ball on the field will determine which 12 of the 24 available camera feeds will be displayed live along with a featured replay box offering the best pylon camera angle available of any key plays.
- Home Town Radio (ESPN3): In cooperation with Learfield Sports, the ESPN telecast will be available with the Alabama and Clemson home radio broadcasts serving as the commentary (separate feeds) along with a customized viewing experience that includes full time isolated shots of head coaches and star players. Alabama’s radio team is Eli Gold, Phil Savage, and Chris Stewart; the Clemson radio team is Don Munson, Rodney Williams and Patrick Sapp.
- Data Center (ESPN3): Will include significant on-screen graphic content ranging from analytics, real time drive charts, win probability updates, curated social media reaction and more.
- Spider Cam (ESPN3): A continuous feed of the camera that maneuvers above the field of play and often provides a behind-the-offense look at the game action.
- Taco Bell Student Section (ESPN3): Cameras in the Taco Bell student sections — focusing on students, bands, mascots and cheerleaders of each team — to showcase how the most enthusiastic fans in the building are reacting with every play.
Alabama fans might be most interested in the Home Town Radio feed on ESPN3. This will give you the chance to hear the Crimson Tide Sports Network's radio feed synced up with the television broadcast.
The Film Room feeds have been well-received in recent championship games because it provides true X's and O's analysis in real time.
If you aren't able to get in front of a television on Monday night, make sure you tune into Tide 99.1 or 95.3 the Bear in Tuscaloosa.