ESPNU to Launch ESPNU Road Trip Sept. 12; Pregame Show Highlights Fan Experience at College GameDay Sites
ESPNU will launch ESPNU Road Trip, a new one-hour series that will capture the fan and student perspective from the site of ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning college football show College GameDay Built by The Home Depot. The show is scheduled to air three times this college football season, debuting Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. ET, from Columbus, Ohio, for No. 4 USC at No. 6 Ohio State. Each of the other two shows will originate from the site of College GameDay on Oct. 17 and Nov. 28, respectively, which will be announced at a later date.
“The show is a great example of ESPNU’s goal to bring fans closer to the on-campus experience and give students a voice to share their perspective,” said Rosalyn Durant, vice president and general manager, ESPNU. “It also allows our viewers to experience what it’s like to be in the exciting atmosphere of College GameDay.”
ESPNU Road Trip will be hosted by Jonathan Drubner and Jenn Brown, who will roam through the crowd of fans gathered for College GameDay to give viewers an up-close look at the pageantry surrounding the game, including the band performances, cheerleaders and fans making signs that are often highlighted on College GameDay. Drubner and Brown have also been featured on ESPN.com’s Road Trip webisodes.
Additionally, Road Trip will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the College GameDay production crew and how they prepare for the show. Road Trip will also integrate ESPNU Campus Connection elements, incorporating students producing parts of the show and helping to further illustrate the culture and traditions on campus.
ESPNU launched on March 4, 2005. The 24-hour college sports television network features more than 550 live events annually, including college football, college basketball and Olympic sports from more than 25 Division I conferences, as well as premier high school content. The network also has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA for enhanced coverage of 22 NCAA Championships.
ESPNU also offers comprehensive studio programming, including live simulcasts of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and replays the best games of the week from ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNU HD and online at ESPNU.com. In addition, ESPNU Campus Connection, a multi-platform student-generated content initiative, was introduced in August 2007.
ESPNU is available nationwide in more than 46 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with nine of the top 10 providers – Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 614), DISH Network (Channel 148), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.