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. . .
FF2. . . . while fans brave the rain to watch GameDay from the men’s Final Four. . .
FF3. . . .things are kept tidy on-set – even in the rain. . .
FF4. . . . where cameras have special rain gear.
FF5. Senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting and analyst Seth Greenberg
FF6. 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
— Mike Humes (@MikeHumesESPN) April 6, 2014
— barry weisbord (@barryweisbord) April 6, 2014
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.
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) April 6, 2014
And now some of what you missed from elsewhere around ESPN:
— Sereita N. Cobbs (@snco) April 6, 2014
Was just watching Ole Miss' spring football game live on @ESPN3 on my iPhone just because it is 2014 and it's so weird that I can.
— Neil Best (@sportswatch) April 5, 2014
— Anthony Joseph Leone (@AnthonyLeone5) April 5, 2014
We are living a 30 for 30. #OneMore
— Josh Hopkins (@MrJoshHopkins) April 6, 2014
— steve herz (@stevenherz) April 6, 2014
— Nolan Johnson (@NolanJohnson35) April 4, 2014
— Ken Huber (@CoachHuber) April 5, 2014
ESPN experiments with multiple streams have been more interesting IMO. I don't think anyone outside media cares about announcers.
— Tyler Duffy (@tyduffy) April 6, 2014
9. More on Andy’s run later today on Front Row.
— Matt Weitzel (@BigWeitz) April 6, 2014
— Trey Reeder (@treyreeder) April 5, 2014
— Stephanie Druley (@StephDru) April 5, 2014
Sheldon Spencer contributed to this post