ESPN’s Football National Championship Broadcast to Feature Camera in Ref’s Hat, BlimpCast

The Worldwide Leader's MegaCast tonight will use multiple new presentations.

ESPN will be broadcasting the CFP National Championship tonight. (ESPN)
ESPN will be broadcasting the CFP National Championship tonight. (ESPN)

When No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson kick off the College Football Playoff National Championship game tonight, ESPN will have more than 250 cameras on hand to capture all the action at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Providing “vantage points from unimaginable angles” the cameras will be positioned in a variety of new places including inside the hats of the line judge, field judge, side judge, and back judge, inside the line-to-gain marker and inside a pair of moveable pylons which will be repositioned throughout the game by the chain crew.

In addition to the new cameras, ESPN’s fifth straight Megacast broadcast will include new optional presentations such as Monday Night Football Film Room, Field Pass, Goodyear BlimpCast, and TechCast.

Including the traditional broadcast, there will be 17 different game presentations in all offered across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, SEC Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN3, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, and the ESPN App.

Available in 179 countries, the standard television broadcast of the game will be called by Cris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit with Maria Taylor on sideline covering Alabama and Tom Rinaldi taking care of Clemson.

On the radio side, Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe, and Ian Fitzsimmons will take care of things.

Kickoff is at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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