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ESPN College Football Seminar Kicks Off 2022 Season For Commentators And Staff

"Over the past few seasons, we've been reminded of the importance of teamwork and togetherness, and we don't take our team – or our time together – for granted"

CHARLOTTE – After three years away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ESPN’s college football crew gathered in the Queen City for its annual College Football Seminar. More than 250 on-air talent, producers, and staff participated in group sessions, breakout meetings, planning huddles, and more before the 2022 season.

Sandwiched between the two days was a huge reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown Charlotte, where cars were wrapped with ESPN logos and exhibitions were set up for friendly competitions. Best of all, attendees had the chance to catch up after years apart.

“After three years away, this year’s ESPN College Football Seminar was special for many reasons,” said ESPN Vice President, Production, Steve Ackels. “It meant so much to get our staff and talent together for two full days of workshops, breakouts, photoshoots, an epic reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and more. The success of this year’s event wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless work of coordinating producer Bryan Jaroch, production manager Chandon Hudgins, and many others.

“Over the past few seasons, we’ve been reminded of the importance of teamwork and togetherness, and we don’t take our team – or our time together – for granted.”

With just days until the 2022 campaign kicks off, here’s a look at how the ESPN team began their season.

ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro kicks off the 2022 ESPN College Football Seminar in Charlotte (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)

ESPN senior manager, research analytics Sharon Katz takes attendees through college football viewership and insights leading into 2022 (Phil Ellsworth, ESPN Images)

ESPN senior vice president, production Lee Fitting addresses attendees during the first day of workshops and meetings in Charlotte (Phil Ellsworth, ESPN Images)

SEC Network studio analyst Roman Harper poses at the seminar reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame (Ryan McGee/ESPN)

One of the football-themed features at the NASCAR Hall of Fame reception: an ESPN CFB-wrapped race car (Ryan McGee)

ESPN senior social media manger Annie Dunbar and talent social media manager Reva Labbe walk talent through the best ways to grow their individual brands on social media (Phil Ellsworth, ESPN Images)

Harry Lyles Jr., Christine Williamson, producer Chris Kalohn and Harry Douglas team up for a team photo before the start of another season (Phil Ellsworth, ESPN Images

Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III and Quint Kessenich keep warm around a football “fire” during talent photoshoots in Charlotte (Phil Ellsworth, ESPN Images)

Cole Cubelic, Jordan Rodgers and Tom Hart show off their Saturday best ahead of their sixth season together on SEC Saturday Night (Bob Leverone, ESPN Images)

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