ESPN’s College GameDay to Broadcast LIVE from The Masters
With college football and The Masters colliding for the first time ever, Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley, and ESPN, have announced that ESPN’s College GameDay will broadcast LIVE from The Masters.
“When exploring ways to showcase a fall Masters, we were drawn to the concept of hosting College GameDay at Augusta National to introduce the Tournament to a new audience and provide even more anticipation and excitement to the event. We appreciate the collaboration with ESPN, our longtime broadcast partner, for this first-of-its-kind opportunity,” said Ridley.
The broadcast will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 14 on a stage overlooking Ike’s Pond and the 9th green on the Par 3 course.
“Anytime College GameDay travels to a new destination it’s special, and the opportunity to be on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters is extraordinary. As this iconic event coincides with the college football season for the first time, we look forward to getting fans ready for a football Saturday, while also showcasing the Masters and the greatest golfers in the world,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content.
Longtime ESPN host Rece Davis, who is in his sixth season hosting the show, will be joined on-site by five time Emmy Award-winning analyst Kirk Herbstreit, Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard, College Football Hall of Fame inductee and former Georgia All-American David Pollack, researcher Chris “The Bear” Fallica, who is in his 25th year on the show, former two-sport student-athlete (basketball and volleyball) and Georgia undergraduate and MBA alum Maria Taylor, and Tom Rinaldi – who will balance dual roles as he reports on the Masters for the 13th year, as well as contributing to College GameDay’s storytelling.
Analyst Lee Corso, a staple on the show since its inception, will be live from his home in Orlando, Fla.
Additional contributors include Jen Lada, Pat McAfee and Gene Wojciechowski.
ESPN will broadcast the first two rounds of The Masters before turning it over to CBS for the weekend.
CBS’ coverage will pick up at noon time on Saturday.