“College Football Live 50 States Tour” Celebrates Amateur Football Across Every State June 1 to August 7
Every state has a football story, memorable moment, legendary coach, great players, rivalries, or esteemed high school. ESPN’s College Football Live will offer a daily showcase of the best and greatest of amateur football – college and high school — from all 50 United States and the District of Columbia with “College Football Live 50 States Tour” from June 1 to August 7.
College Football Live, a weekday afternoon studio show dedicated to college football aired weekdays generally at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, will explore topics specific to every state, including greatest plays and games; and best coaches, players and high schools across 43 episodes. Some episodes will focus on two or three states while select states will be spread out over two shows.
“College Football Live 50 States Tour” will feature live interviews related to the state, including with prominent football figures, current coaches, and local writers. The shows will also include debate between analysts and an online component for fans to pick each state’s best coach, player and team. The 30-minute, viewer interactive show, will utilize content from ESPN.com and ESPN RISE, ESPN’s multimedia content brand dedicated to serving the high school athlete audience, and incorporate the fan’s opinion through ESPN Mobile and ESPN.com applications.
The schedule for week one and guests (future schedule of states and guests will be released):
|June 1||Michigan||Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson|
|June 2||Tennessee||Peyton Manning|
|June 3||Delaware and New Jersey||Joe Flacco|
|June 4||Oregon||Mike Belotti|
|June 5||Oklahoma||Barry Sanders|
Fans will be able to cast their vote via text message (by texting keyword “CFB” to 43776) and opt to receive a daily tune-in reminder. Additionally, ESPN’s industry-leading mobile Web site and the award-winning ESPN MVP application will provide news, features and video content, including on-demand segments with analysts debating the best in each state.
ESPN.com will utilize SportsNation — where fans interact with athletes, coaches, sportswriters, commentators and each other in real time – to offer three or four polls a day, blog reports, online chats and content specific to each state, including video segments. ESPN.com will also archive the content from each state.
Since the return of daily editions of the show April 20, College Football Live has offered special week-long themed topics to the daily analysis, news and interviews content leading to season kickoff.
Themes have included a discussion on top newcomers expected to replace key starters (week of April 20). a focus on defending BCS National Champion Florida (April 27), ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit on the road to interview five of the top quarterbacks heading into 2009 (May 4), a focus on Notre Dame (May 11) and a roundtable discussion with former quarterbacks Herbstreit and Jesse Palmer and Brock Huard (May 18).
The 30-minute program examines every aspect of the game with highlights, analysis, breaking news, features, press conferences, interviews and more. College Football Live also features in-depth interviews with some of the top coaches and players in the country, unique college football features and interactive fan polls and contests.
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