Look out, it’s MegaCast!

A reader thought it would be worth mentioning that ESPN’s going all out with tonight’s broadcast of the Indiana-Ohio State game.

ESPN will unleash its MegaCast production for Ohio State at Indiana on Thursday, Aug. 31 (8 p.m. ET), beginning the 2017 college football season with the most extravagant regular-season game presentation the sport has ever experienced. The multi-network creation will feature the traditional telecast on ESPN and six alternate offerings for fans on ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN3. All previous versions of ESPN’s MegaCast have been reserved for the College Football Playoff Semifinals and National Championship games.

For one low, low price, you get Coaches Film Room (Les Miles!), what sounds like an abominable idea with Homers Telecast and a ton of camera angles and stats on ESPN3, in addition to Herbstreit on the main broadcast.

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Mack Brown, but the other coaches ought to be good for some insight on the Coaches Film Room.  Plus, they’ll be skipping some commercials — never a bad thing.  The Homers thing sounds like it’s definitely worth avoiding, but I’ve enjoyed the All-22 looks before when CBS has used them.

Anyway, what’s your thought, useful or overkill?  (If you’re a the Big Ten is dead to me kind of person, you needn’t bother to answer.)


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17 responses to “Look out, it’s MegaCast!


    The sad part is, there are 15 college football games tonight and ESPN is only broadcasting 2 so they can barrage us with Ohio St(oops, the Ohio State) vs. Indiana and multi channel commenting on OSU/Indiana. Hate to miss alot of good football to commentating/analysis that doesn’t mean anything. Oh well, I guess we’ll eventually see the other games on the highlights. ESPN just loves to listen to all themselves talk.


  2. Overkill. Just broadcast the damn game. Nothing special to see here.

    Oh wait, I shouldn’t have bothered to answer.


  3. Macallanlover

    While I will watch the Indiana game given the lack of alternatives, can’t help but notice this is the weakest schedule for an opening week Thursday I can recall for many years. (And next Thursday is even worse.) Guess we aren’t the only program with an AD missing opportunities, there are several good games overlapping this weekend (Sunday night) that could have stolen the spotlight tonight.


    • Stoopnagle

      Yes, this right here. S Carolina – NC State was made for tonight.


      • HVL Dawg



      • Macallanlover

        Would really like to see this one, should be a good matchup, and a chance to scout what Boom has under the hood. They are getting a lot of love, and it is mystifying to me. NCST has a solid defense, both teams need the won pretty badly; NCST for the coach’s job and SC to show they are still relevant to anyone other than their own fans. I still see SC near the bottom of the East but want to see their QB since I didn’t see him play a game last year.


    • The Dawg abides

      I wouldn’t pay extra for it, but I’ve enjoyed the telecast without the announcers the last few championship games. They do a good job of capturing the sounds of the PA, bands and crowd. My biggest peeve with gamecasts nowadays is the constant blather between plays, commentary that’s totally irrelevant to the actual game, the idiotic guest interviews in the booth, and the constant plugs for other games or shows on the network.


  4. HVL Dawg

    The B1G is ………. ….. wait…. don’t hang up!

    I’ve like the coaches film room except when they have four guys talking over each other and you can’t hear any one of them. If they fix that, I can’t imagine watching the shiny Hollywood broadcast.


    • AusDawg85

      Agree about the coaches commentary. Some insightful stuff but they can wander and talk over each other too much. Would prefer they maybe limit to 2 coaches and structure the commentary a little better for deeper insights into strategy, etc. You know…editing.



    I’ll watch…OSU gone roll’em though.


  6. Russ

    Since I hate Ohio State, I don’t think I can stand to hear the WWL slobber over them for four hours. Give me the good ol days when the season opened up with some nice MACtion.

    I’ll be skipping tonight’s game.


  7. Macallanlover

    OT—I hope this game isn’t in the pool for this week because I haven’t seen the games yet. I normally need my warning reminder but haven’t seen anything yet.


  8. There’s one thing they’re missing from this package…years ago the English Premier League would allow a fan from each of the teams playing to call the game together live on tv. They would air it later for editing purposes but it was gloriously chaotic.

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    • Stoopnagle

      You and I had the exact same thought. SEC Network could fill some quality air time by finding clever, sarcastic bloggers to call games and razz each other in real time.

      SEC football and EPL are about that close in terms of passion and emotion. It’d work.


  9. Macallanlover

    Had forgotten the Oklahoma State/Tulsa game is tonight, Cowboys are supposed to be a contender in the Big 12 this year. May be the best option. OSU has a grown man as their coach. 🙂


  10. Arron Murray is calling the FIU UCF game on CBSS. They just got through talking about he’s not famous because we didn’t win a championship.