Tonight, as you – along with millions of others – settle in to watch ESPN‘s broadcast of the BCS Championship Game between LSU and Alabama (go SEC!), you may notice the incredible technology that the commentators are using to analyze the action on the field. That technology is called EA SPORTS GameView, and ESPN recently debuted it at the Full Sail University Sports Lab Powered by ESPN. EA SPORTS GameView is a tabletop, 70-inch display that allows ESPN hosts to move 3D virtual players, run plays, zoom in, rotate the field, and telestrate – all in real time.
It’s incredible technology, and we were proud that the ESPN College GameDay team – including analyst Desmond Howard – chose to debut GameView here at Full Sail. The crew included two Full Sail grads – Jason Black and Erik McGrew – who are concept developers at ESPN, and during the week-long shoot (see a photo gallery of the ESPN shoot here), we had a chance to talk with Jason and Erik about their work at ESPN. It was an exciting week, and although the GameView technology was seen throughout ESPN’s coverage of the BCS Bowl Series, the excitement about tonight’s big game means that millions of people are going to be seeing it for the first time tonight. We’re pretty sure they’re gonna be as amazed as we were.