ESPN to provide extensive coverage leading up to exclusive BCS telecasts
ESPN and ESPNU's "BCS Countdown" features announcement of weekly standings
ESPN, the exclusive carrier of the entire Bowl Championship Series, will offer the most extensive coverage ever leading up to and through the five-game bowl event with programming across multiple domestic and international television outlets, radio, Internet, digital platforms and more.
ESPN will televise the announcement of the weekly BCS standings exclusively Sundays from Oct 17 to Dec. 5 on a 75-minute "BCS Countdown" at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN and continuing on ESPNU at 9 p.m. (except Nov. 20 when an hour-long edition will air on ESPN at 6 p.m.). The program will include in-depth analysis and discussion of the standings, potential impact of upcoming games, and interviews with college football coaches, players and dignitaries. In addition, ESPN will air a special "BCS Countdown" one week before the first BCS standings are released Oct. 10 at 8:15 p.m.
As part of ESPNU's season-long coverage, the 24-hour college sports network will offer a weekly one-hour original "BCS Countdown" featuring analysis, discussion and a preview and breakdown of the BCS every Monday at 6 p.m. beginning Sept. 6.
ESPN will televise all five Bowl Championship Series games -- the Rose Bowl Game (Jan. 1 at 5 p.m.), Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1 at 8:30 p.m.), Discover Orange Bowl (Jan. 3 at 8:30 p.m.), Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 4 at 8:30 p.m.) and Tostitos BCS National Championship Game (Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m.) -- for the first time as part of agreements with the BCS and the Rose Bowl Game. ESPN Radio will continue to broadcast all five BCS Bowl games. ESPN 3D, ESPN's newest network and the first 3D network to launch in the industry, will televise the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game in 3D.
In addition to the weekly release of the standings, ESPN will provide extensive news updates, analysis and features regarding the BCS across multiple platforms throughout the season concluding with on-site coverage from Glendale, Ariz., site of the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.
ESPN.com will provide in-depth coverage leading up to and through the BCS contests. Content will include season-long predictions for every bowl by ESPN.com experts beginning Aug. 30 through the end of the regular-season, college football-related video, previews and post-game stories on results that could impact the BCS, daily college football features and news stories, SportsNation polls, live chats, commentary and humor from ESPN.com's Page 2 section and more. ESPN.com will also provide extensive coverage of all five BCS games, including on-site reporters for each game.
In addition to exclusive broadcasts of the five games, ESPN Radio will feature discussions and analysis of the BCS as well as interviews with college football coaches, players and personalities across multiple programs, including "College GameDay," "College Football Tonight," "The Herd with Colin Cowherd," "Mike & Mike in the Morning," "The Scott Van Pelt Show" and "The Doug Gottlieb Show."
ESPN Classic will offer encore presentations of classic BCS games throughout the season (schedule to be determined).
ESPN will offer coverage of the BCS matchups, including the National Championship Game, internationally across its multiple networks live in 163 countries and 70 million households throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Pacific Rim, Japan, Canada and Southeast Asia.
College Football on ESPN
The 2010 college football season on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN 3D, ESPN Classic, ESPN3.com, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Regional Television and ESPN GamePlan will total more than 400 regular-and post-season games. The schedule will include weekly Saturday night games on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, weekly ESPN and ESPNU Thursday night contests and telecasts every Friday and select Tuesdays and Wednesdays.