Today, Pac-12 announced it will be adding additional behind-the-scenes coverage during live football broadcasts on ESPN, Fox Sports, and the Pac-12 Networks at its Spring Council meeting. The move to provide fans with more extensive content has the support of Pac-12’s board of directors as well as head coaches.
In a statement released earlier today, Pac-12 Executive Associate Commissioner of Football Operations Merton Hanks said:
“The Pac-12 is committed to delivering unprecedented access and entertainment to our fans throughout our football broadcasts, and to working with our media partners to be on the cutting edge of innovation. We look forward to delivering the best possible broadcasts that give fans the insights and access that makes watching Pac-12 football even more enjoyable.”
Some new features include extended handheld camera permissions and in-game head coach interviews in addition to having student-athletes and coaches wired with mics on the field before games. Pregame and halftime locker room content will also be available. Cameras sans audio will be placed in the coaches’ booths.
“ESPN is constantly exploring creative ways to entertain, engage and inform our viewers, and the access provided by the Pac-12 is a fantastic opportunity to do just that. Delivering success with these types of innovations on other properties across ESPN platforms, we’re excited to enhance our college football productions and truly appreciate our partners at the Pac-12 for taking this step,” said ESPN Senior Vice President of Production Lee Fitting.
Professional football broadcasts have long put mics on their players and coaches, but adding in collegiate leagues is a first.
“FOX Sports has always been committed to innovative broadcasts. Our goal is to bring the at-home audience as close as possible to the players, the game, and the action across all our properties. We are consistently working to do so and we feel that our college football partners have opened up some great opportunities for this upcoming season,” said Judy Boyd, Senior Vice President of FOX Sports Productions.
The 2023 Pac-12 football season starts Saturday, August 26th with San Jose State and USC, following its Pac-12 Football Media Day on Friday, July 21st.