The Monday Lineup: Behind the scenes at the Final Four PLUS: 11 ESPN moments from the weekend

With the NCAA Men’s Final Four playing out, ESPN has its college hoops crew out in full force in North Texas. From ESPN International’s game telecasts to ESPN’s extensive on-site studio coverage from Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, the company is connecting with sport fans in the Dallas area, the rest of the country and around the world.

As these behind-the-scenes images and videos showcase, ESPN’s production team is in full court press mode. Highlights for Monday will include Dan Shulman and Hall of Famer Dick Vitale calling the National Championship between Kentucky and Connecticut at 9 p.m. ET (to 165 countries and territories across 35 television and broadcast networks outside the United States) and ESPN’s two-hour College GameDay preview show at 7 p.m. with Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose, Digger Phelps, Jay Williams, John Anderson, Dan Dakich, Seth Greenberg, Andy Katz, Jeff Goodman and Jeannine Edwards.

Here, in addition to our regular “Monday Lineup,” Front Row offers a special “Final Four Lineup”:

FF1. Viewers see this. . .

Viewers see this. . . .

FF2. . . . while fans brave the rain to watch GameDay from the men’s Final Four. . .

Fans brave the rain to watch GameDay from the men's Final Four

FF3. . . .things are kept tidy on-set – even in the rain. . .

Keeping things tidy on-set - even in the rain.

FF4. . . . where cameras have special rain gear.

Camera rain coat

FF5. Senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting and analyst Seth Greenberg

Lee Fitting and Seth Greenberg

FF6. Dickie V fits right in at the men’s Final Four in North Texas

Dickie V fits right in at the men's Final Four in North Texas

FF7. Analyst Jay Bilas speaks with a reporter.


FF8. Good friends and former partners, Bilas and Bill Raftery

FF9. Host Rece Davis speaks with a reporter.


FF10. Analyst Dan Dakich gets ready to go on-set.


FF10. Dickie V. is looking ahead to next year with fans and a prediction.

And now some of what you missed from elsewhere around ESPN:


ESPN's coverage of the "Pursuit of Perfection" culminates with tomorrow night's title game. (Photo by Mike Soltys)
ESPN’s coverage of the “Pursuit of Perfection” culminates with tomorrow night’s title game. (Photo by Mike Soltys)








9. More on Andy’s run later today on Front Row.



Sheldon Spencer contributed to this post

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