via press release:
ESPN to Provide Extensive Coverage Leading Up to Exclusive Bowl Championship Series Telecasts
ESPN and ESPNU’s BCS Countdown features exclusive 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.
- News and information programs: Multiple ESPN programs will provide reports, news, analysis and features, including on SportsCenter, First Take, Outside the Lines, PTI, SportsNation and more.
- College GameDay Built by The Home Depot: The popular three-hour Saturday morning show originating from the site of the day’s best game or game with the most compelling storyline (9 a.m. on ESPNU and continuing at 10 a.m. on ESPN) will include discussions about the BCS. Special one-hour editions of College GameDay will originate from Pasadena for the Rose Bowl and Glendale for the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl — with a presence from Miami and New Orleans, respectively—and the National Championship Game.
- College Football Live: ESPN’s one-hour weekday college football studio show that provides in-depth analysis, news, interviews and more will provide extensive season-long coverage of the BCS every Monday through Friday, generally at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN (except Mondays when a 30-minute show will air at 3 p.m.) and continuing on ESPNU Tuesday through Friday at 4 p.m.
- College Football Live Countdown to the BCS: The special version of ESPN’s weekday college football studio show will originate from Glendale each weekday from Jan. 3-10.
- Multiple shows on ESPNU: In addition to originating live from Glendale leading up to the National Championship, ESPNU will offer an extensive lineup of college football-themed programs every week throughout the season. Highlights include the BCS Countdown Mondays at 6 p.m. and ESPNU College Football: The Experts, a weekly three-hour live show featuring analysis and commentary from several top college football experts Tuesdays at 1 p.m. beginning Sept. 7.
- ESPNEWS: The 24-hour sports news network will conclude season-long coverage with on-site reports from all five BCS games.
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.