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Nessler, Blackledge and Rowe to Announce 2011 Sugar Bowl

Friday, November 12, 2010


ESPN's comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the Bowl Championship Series will be highlighted by several of football's top commentators and analysts calling the network's first year of exclusive coverage of all five BCS games on ESPN, ESPN Radio and ESPN 3D. In addition to game telecasts, ESPN will provide extensive analysis, news, reports, features and highlights across multiple platforms from Jan. 1-10.

Saturday ESPN College Football Primetime announcers Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sidelines) will work ESPN's coverage of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. (Central). Blackledge won the Miller-Digby Award as the Most Valuable Player of the 1983 Sugar Bowl after leading Penn State to the national championship with a win over Georgia.

The ESPN Radio broadcast team for the Allstate Sugar Bowl will be Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst) and Heather Cox (sidelines). Millen also played in the Sugar Bowl for Penn State, registering 10 tackles in the Nittany Lions epic showdown with Alabama in the 1979 Classic.

Overall, ESPN will utilize a minimum of 32 personalities to host programs and provide play-by-play, analysis and sideline reports for the network's exclusive coverage of the five post-season games.

ESPN's two-time Emmy-Award winning College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will originate from Pasadena, Calif., site of the Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. on ESPNU and continuing on ESPN at 11 a.m. (game at 5 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio) and Scottsdale, Ariz., site of the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game (Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Radio and ESPN 3D), for special pre-BCS game editions Jan. 3, 4 and 7 on ESPN, all at 7 p.m. College Football Live, ESPN's daily college football studio show, will be televised from Scottsdale every day at 3 p.m. on ESPN from Jan. 3-7 and on Jan. 10.

ESPN 3D, ESPN's newest outlet and the first 3D network to launch in the industry, will provide exclusive 3D coverage of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.

As part of an extensive four-year agreement with the Bowl Championship Series that begins this 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. It will mark the first time ESPN has televised BCS games. ESPN Radio has broadcast every BCS game since 2000.