ESPN reveals coverage plans for College World Series, including UmpCam, 180-degree corner cam
The College World Series gets underway on Saturday from Omaha, and ESPN will have blanket coverage of the event.
The field is made up of No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 5 Arizona, No. 7 Mississippi State and No. 9 Stanford, and two unseeded teams, NC State and Virginia.
Stanford plays NC State at 2 p.m. ET (ESPN) on Saturday to open the CWS, while Arizona meets No. 4 Vanderbilt later that day at 7 p.m. (ESPN). Sunday’s schedule is Virginia against Tennessee at 2 p.m. (ESPN2), and Mississippi State against Texas at 7 p.m. (ESPN2).
Two commentating teams will call the action. Play-by-play commentator Tom Hart and analysts Chris Burke and Ben McDonald will be at the mic beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, while play-by-play commentator Karl Ravech and analysts Kyle Peterson and Eduardo Perez will start their coverage Saturday at 7 p.m., and will close with the CWS Finals (June 28-29/30). Kris Budden will serve as reporter for both crews.
The best-of-three championship series begins June 28 and concludes with the crowning of the national champion on Tuesday or Wednesday, June 30.
Here’s a description of the unique angles:
- UmpCam on ESPN3: ESPN will offer an UmpCam presentation for the CWS providing a complementary viewing experience to the traditional telecast with every pitch shown live from the high-definition camera attached to the mask of the home plate umpire.
- Corner Cam: An ultra-high resolution 180-degree camera in the outfield corners.
- Dead Center Field Cam: Camera located in center field providing true inside/outside pitch location.
- Drone: ESPN’s drone footage will provide low-flying dramatic aerials throughout each game.