You'll be looking live at Paul Finebaum during the Iron Bowl -- at least, you will if you tune into the SEC Network on Saturday night.
In addition to ESPN broadcasting Alabama-Auburn this Saturday night at 7:45 p.m. ET -- the first Iron Bowl matchup on ESPN since 2007 -- Finebaum will do a version of his popular radio show on the SEC Network during the same window. The special is titled Finebaum Film Room: Iron Bowl Live, with Finebaum hosting a call-in show throughout the game. The call-in show will start after the conclusion of SEC Network’s airing of Vanderbilt-Tennessee, and SEC Network viewers will see both Finebaum's set and the live game concurrently on their screens. Finebaum, an SEC Network analyst, will be joined by some SEC Network regulars (such as Marcus Spears and Greg McElroy) during the broadcast.
“We hope fans will call in and you can get fan reaction as the game is going live,” ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming Burke Magnus said. “The feeling for us was this is authentically SEC. Paul is sort of the cornerstone voice of the network in a lot of ways, from his daily radio show to his work on SEC Nation. It is something we have not tried before and we felt like this was unique to the SEC."
Regular SEC Network announcers Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor will call the Auburn-Alabama game on ESPN. While CBS has broadcast the last six Iron Bowls, ESPN does have a history with the game. ABC regularly aired the Iron Bowl in the ’80s and early ’90s, and ESPN televised the game five straight years from 1995-99 and then again in 2003 and ’07.