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ESPN, NFL Network To Simulcast 2020 NFL Draft

“A second presentation will be available on ABC for rounds 1-3. All three networks will air the same coverage of rounds 4-7.”

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The 2020 NFL Draft will be unlike any the league has ever staged before. It makes sense then that the event will be broadcast in a completely new way.

ESPN and the NFL Network will present a single broadcast of the event aired across both networks for the first two nights. A second presentation will be available on ABC for rounds 1-3. All three networks will air the same coverage of rounds 4-7.

ABC’s coverage will feature ESPN college football talent. The broadcast will be anchored by Race Davis, Jesse Palmer, and Maria Taylor with contributions from Todd McShay, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollock, and Tom Rinaldi.

ESPN’s broadcasters will anchor the simulcast with the NFL Network. Trey Wingo will be joined at the desk by Mel Kiper Jr, Louis Riddick, and Booger McFarland. NFL Network talent Rich Eisen, Daniel Jeremiah, Michael Irvin, and Kurt Warner will join the broadcast remotely. Suzy Kolber will conduct draftee interviews via video conference, while Chris Mortenson and Adam Schefter share the latest news and movement from their respective homes.

With the nation under varying degrees of lockdown to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the NFL Draft will largely be a virtual affair this year. Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce teams’ picks from the basement of his home in New York. Several drafted players will be interviewed and have their reactions shown via web cam from their homes across the country.

The event will also serve as a fundraiser for Covid-19 relief efforts. The broadcast will coincide with a “Draft-a-Thon” which will raise money for six different nonprofits and pay tribute to healthcare workers.

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Tom Crean Returns to ESPN As College Basketball Analyst

“You look around, you realize everybody is working at an extremely rapid pace. I might get emails for the next morning’s ‘SportsCenter’ at 2:30 in the morning.”

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Tom Crean is returning to ESPN as a college basketball analyst.

A report from Front Office Sports details Crean returning to the worldwide leader after previously working for the network during the 2017-2018.

“The game has changed completely,” Crean said. “There’s a 1,000-foot level of what people want you to think this is all about. But here’s the 10,000-30,000-foot level of what it really is. I don’t think I will have any fear of talking like that. There’s so many things changing around the game with how you recruit. And I had to live it.”

Crean was fired as the head coach of Georgia after four seasons on the job. He added that the work ethic shown by ESPN employees is a motivator for working for the network.

“You look around, you realize everybody is working at an extremely rapid pace. I might get emails for the next morning’s ‘SportsCenter’ at 2:30 in the morning.”

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ESPN Plans 20 Hours of College Football Playoff Selection Coverage

The College Football Playoff teams will be unveiled at 12:15 PM ET, with the rest of the New Year’s Six matchup being revealed at 2:30 PM.

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ESPN has more than 20 hours of studio coverage planned for the selection of the College Football Playoff.

The College Football Playoff teams will be unveiled at 12:15 PM ET, with the rest of the New Year’s Six matchup being revealed at 2:30 PM. Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Jesse Palmer, and David Pollack will be on the main set as the selections are revealed.

Several other personalities will join the show including analysts Greg McElroy, Robert Griffin III, and Dan Mullen, in addition to Paul Finebaum, Matt Barrie, and Chris Fowler.

ACC Network and SEC Network will also separately produce shows discussing the bowl selections.

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Chris Fallica Leaving ESPN for FOX

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

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A prominent sports betting voice featured on ESPN’s College GameDay will be heading to rival FOX and their Big Noon Kickoff show starting in 2023. According to Awful Announcing, Chris Fallica, affectionately known as “The Bear”, will make his last appearance on GameDay will be this weekend.

Fallica has been with ESPN since 1995. Since 2013, Fallica had been featured on GameDay making betting picks with his patented “Bear’s Board”.

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

Fallica joins Tom Rinaldi as the second former GameDay voice to jump over to FOX and be featured on Big Noon Kickoff.

Both shows have experienced incredible viewership growth this season. For GameDay, there have been several weeks this season that have seen some of the largest audiences in the show’s history.

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