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Football’s Top Commentators to Work ESPN Coverage

Saturday, December 10, 2011

ESPN's extensive college football coverage will continue with 33 bowl games, highlighted by all five of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) matchups, including the Allstate BCS National Championship on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. (Central) and the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. (Central). It will mark the second straight year the entire BCS will be available on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Radio.

ESPN 3D, the first 3D network to launch in the industry, will continue its extensive schedule of college football with exclusive 3D coverage of six bowl games, concluding with the Allstate BCS National Championship. The network televised the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Tostitos BCS National Championship last year.

Overall, ESPN will utilize a minimum of 64 on-air commentators to provide play-by-play, analysis and sideline reports for the network's exclusive multiplatform coverage of the 33 bowl games.

The Allstate BCS National Championship (Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio) will feature Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi calling ESPN's telecast. ESPN's Monday Night Football signal caller Mike Tirico will work ESPN Radio's broadcast with ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge and reporter Holly Rowe. Blackledge was the MVP of the 1983 Sugar Bowl after leading Penn State to a 27-23 victory over Georgia in a game which clinched the national championship for the Nittany Lions.

It will mark Musburger and Herbstreit's fifth consecutive BCS National Championship, the first two on ESPN Radio, followed by the BCS National Championship Game from the Rose Bowl on ABC two years ago and last season's Championship from Glendale, Ariz. on ESPN.

Blackledge and Rowe will also be in New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl as play-by-play man Brad Nessler will join them for the official ESPN television broadcast of the 78th annual Sugar Bowl Classic (Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. CT).

Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox will workBCS bowls on consecutive days, calling the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on ESPN on Monday, Jan. 2, at 8:30 p.m. and ESPN Radio's broadcast of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8:30 p.m. They will also work the Insight Bowl on Friday, Dec. 30, at 10 p.m. on ESPN. Millen was an All-American defensive tackle for Penn State and recorded 10 tackles in the 1979 Sugar Bowl.

As part of an extensive four-year agreement with the Bowl Championship Series that began last year, ESPN will provide exclusive worldwide television coverage, radio broadcasts, digital content and more for the five annual BCS games from January 2011 through January 2014. Last season was the first time ESPN televised BCS games while ESPN Radio has broadcast every BCS game since 2000.

ESPN's coverage of last year's BCS title game averaged 27,316,000 viewers and 17,718,000 households, making it the most watched program in the history of cable television.

The 2011 college football season on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN 3D, ESPN3, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Regional Television and ESPN GamePlan totals more than 400 regular-and post-season games.

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