ESPN Announces Multicast Options For Fiesta Bowl Between Ohio State, Clemson

By Tim Shoemaker on December 22, 2016 at 11:35 am
The College Football Playoff matchups.

If you're not attending the Fiesta Bowl, your options for watching the game on television will hardly be limited.

ESPN announced Thursday its plans to have five additional presentations on ESPN networks as part of a multicast for both national semifinals. No. 1 Alabama faces fourth-ranked Washington in the Peach Bowl at 3 p.m. ET followed by No. 2 Clemson against third-ranked Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl at 7 p.m. ET.

With the games televised on ESPN, alternate productions will be available on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes. ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes will also broadcast the games and the multicast options are also available on the ESPN app.

So, what are the other options for the Fiesta Bowl?

  • Command Center telecast (ESPN2): ESPN describes this as "a split-screen with multiple camera views simultaneously, which could include the main ESPN camera angle, the SkyCam view and isolated camera feeds of both head coaches at any given time."
  • Hometown Audio (ESPN3): ESPN describes this as "the local radio broadcasts from all four participating teams, in conjunction with IMG and Learfield Sports, synched up to ESPN's main telecast." For Ohio State fans, that means Paul Keels and Jim Lachey from 97.1 The Fan in Columbus.
  • DataCenter (ESPN3): ESPN describes this as "main TV production is supplemented by statistics, tweets and additional relevant information for an enhanced real-time experience on one screen."
  • SkyCam (ESPN3): ESPN describes this as "permanent view from above the action and behind the offense on most plays."
  • ESPN Deportes: Lalo Varela and Pablo Viruega present the Spanish-language call of the Fiesta Bowl.
  • ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Ian Fitzsimmons call the Fiesta Bowl.
  • ESPN Deportes Radio: Kenneth Garay and Sebastian Martinez Christensen call the Fiesta Bowl.

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi are all scheduled to call the Fiesta Bowl between the Buckeyes and Tigers. ESPN says it will have more than 60 cameras to broadcast both national semifinals. Pylon cameras and "super-slow-motion" cameras will also be available.

Ohio State and Clemson are scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 31.

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