Behind the Broadcast: ESPN will be home to college football playoff games

Saturday, November 24, 2012
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News, notes and other thoughts as I finally don’t feel so full after a big Thanksgiving dinner.

u When the new college football playoff kicks off, it will be on ESPN.

The agreement, which was announced Wednesday by ESPN president John Skipper and Bill Hancock, executive director of the Bowl Championship Series and the future college football playoff, will begin after the 2014 regular season (including January 2015) and continue through the 2025 regular season (January 2026). It includes the national championship game and semifinals, as well as other bowl games that will be part of the rotation to host the semifinals. Combined with previous deals for the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls, the arrangement would provide ESPN with rights to all games that are involved in the new postseason arrangement to determine a college football national champion.

ESPN will feature the games on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV and via WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox LIVE. Additionally, ESPN will have the rights to distribute the matchups on ESPN 3D, ESPN Deportes and around the world via ESPN International.

“Because of college football’s widespread popularity and the incredible passion of its fans, few events are more meaningful than these games,” Skipper said in a statement. “We are ecstatic at the opportunity to continue to crown a college football champion on ESPN’s outlets for years to come, the perfect finale to our year-round commitment to the sport.”

Hancock added, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with ESPN for 12 more years. ESPN’s outlets provide numerous opportunities to bring this iconic event to the fans. Folks are going to love this playoff and the attention ESPN will give to it.”

You knew this was coming. My problem with this is that the championship game should be on ABC, so it would be available to a wider audience. Over-the-air networks still have more viewers than cable networks.

u I’m still trying to figure out why Time Warner Cable is carrying the Time Warner Cable SportsNet channel on 696 (standard defin­ition) and 1707 (high definition).

The channel was created so that it could carry the Los Angeles Lakers. Only one problem — NBA territorial rights prohibit the Lakers’ games from being televised in the Capital Region.

Yes, TWCSN has been showing college football games, and will have college basketball games. But this is, maybe, one sports channel we can do without.

u Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 50 (standard def) and 1803 (high def) will have a state high school football championship triple-header today from the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

At noon, Hoosick Falls faces Hornell in the Class C final. Glens Falls faces Maine-Endwell in the Class B final at 3 p.m. The Class AA final pits New Rochelle against Orchard Park at 6 p.m.

u More TWCS news. It will have the UAlbany-Wagner men’s basketball game at 7 p.m. Monday, and the Siena-UMass men’s game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

u There is another soccer channel on the TWC system.

The channel is beIN, and it’s on channel 658 (standard def) and 1706 (high def). It shows Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1, South American World Cup Qualifiers and Copa America 2015. The network also carries the away games of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team in the qualifying rounds of the 2014 World Cup.

The channel joins FOX Soccer Channel, FOX Soccer Plus and GoalTV. I guess the public just can’t get enough soccer on TV.

Football schedules

Here are the upcoming games in the NFL and college football that will be on TV and the Internet. Most of the ESPN and ESPN2 games will also be available on ESPN3, ESPN’s Internet outlet.

Announcers (where available), in order of play-by-play announcer, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses:

NFL

Sunday

FOX23 (WXXA) and FOX23 HD — Min­nesota at Chicago, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston/Tony Siragusa); San Francisco at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).

CBS6 (WRGB) and CBS6 HD — Buffalo at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (Marv Albert/Rich Gannon).

NBC13 (WNYT) and NBC13 HD — Green Bay at N.Y. Giants, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).

Monday

ESPN and ESPN HD — Carolina at Phil­adelphia, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).

Thursday

NFL Network and NFL HD — New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).

College football

Today

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel-1 — Connecticut at Louisville, noon (Eamon McAnaney/David Diaz-Infante/Adam Amin).

ABC10 (WTEN) and ABC10 HD — Mich­igan at Ohio State, noon (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Quint Kessenich); Florida at Florida State, 3:30 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe); Notre Dame at Southern California, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).

ESPN and ESPN HD — Georgia Tech at Georgia, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Jenn Brown); Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Danny Kanell/Maria Taylor); South Carolina at Clemson, 7 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Shannon Spake).

ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Rutgers at Pittsburgh, noon (Beth Mowins/ Joey Galloway/Paul Carcaterra); Wisconsin at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Jessica Mendoza); Missouri at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. (Steve Levy/Ed Cunningham/Kaylee Hartung); Louisiana Tech at San Jose State, 10:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Tom Luginbill).

ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Virginia at Virginia Tech, noon (Tom Hart/John Congemi); Vanderbilt at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Dan Hawkins); Mississippi State at Mississippi, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Allison Williams).

MSG and MSG HD — Kentucky at Tennessee, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano); Tulane at Houston, 3:30 p.m. (Ron Thulin/JC Pearson/Laura McKeeman).

Big Ten Network and BTN HD — Illinois at Northwestern, noon (Eric Collins/Derek Rackley/Jon Jansen); Michigan State at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. (Kevin Kugler/Glen Mason/Rebecca Haarlow).

ESPN3 — NCAA FCS playoffs first round: Colgate at Wagner, noon (Bob Picozzi/Rene Ingoglia); North Texas at Western Kentucky, 1 p.m.; NCAA FCS playoffs first round: Coastal Carolina at Bethune-Cookman, 2 p.m. (Jim Barbar/Cory Chavous); Boston College at North Carolina State, 3 p.m. (Frank Giardina/Forrest Conolly); Maryland at North Carolina, 3 p.m. (Rich Waltz/Keith Jones/Jenn Hildreth); NCAA FCS playoffs first round: Eastern Illinois at South Dakota State, 3 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/John Bunting); NCAA FCS playoffs first round: Villanova at Stony Brook, 3 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/John Gregory); BYU at New Mexico State, 3:30 p.m. (Peter Young/John Fina); Troy at Middle Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.; South Alabama at Louisiana-Lafayette, 5 p.m.

MY4 (WNYA) and MY4 HD — Miami at Duke, 12:30 p.m. (Tim Brandt/Dave Archer/Mike Hogewood).

FX and FX HD — Washington at Col­orado, 1:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/Eric Crouch/Dar­ius Walker).

FOX23 and FOX23 HD — Baylor vs. Texas Tech, 2:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/Eric Crouch/Darius Walker); Stanford at UCLA, 6:30 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Julie Alexandria).

Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 HD — Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 HD — Oregon at Oregon State, 3:30 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Ryan Nece).

CBS6 and CBS6 HD — Auburn at Alabama, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).

NBC13 and NBC13 HD — Bayou Classic: Grambling vs. Southern, 3:30 p.m. (Paul Burmeister/Rod Woodson/Lewis Johnson).

NBC Sports Network and NBCSN HD — Air Force at Fresno State, 3:30 p.m. Todd Harris/Anthony Herron).

Time Warner Cable SportsNet-696 and TWCSN-1707 HD — San Diego State at Wyoming, 3:30 p.m. (Ari Wolfe/JJ Stokes).

FOX College Sports Atlantic — Rice at Texas-El Paso, 7 p.m. (Joel Meyers/Ben Leber/Lesley McCaslin).

Thursday

ESPN and ESPN HD — Louisville vs. Rutgers, 7:30 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Steele).

Friday

ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — MAC championship game: Northern Illinois vs. Kent State, 7 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Rod Gilmore/Jemele Hill).

FOX23 and FOX23 HD — Pac-12 champ­ionship game: UCLA vs. team to be determined, 8 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Julie Alexandria and Petros Papadakis).

 

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