ABC has been airing college football since acquiring the NCAA contract in 1966. Chris Schenkel and Bud Wilkinson were the number one broadcast team through 1973. Keith Jackson, its best-known college football play-by-play man, announced games from 1966 through 2005 on ABC (and for 14 years before that for various outlets), and was considered by many to be "the voice of college football." Jackson was ABC's lead play-by play man for 25 years, from 1974 through 1998. He originally was to retire after the 1999 Fiesta Bowl, but agreed to remain on a more restricted schedule (primarily broadcasting West Coast games) and remained with ABC through the 2006 Rose Bowl.

Major bowl games

Main articles: New Year's Six and Bowl Championship Series on television and radio

From 1999 to 2006 (1998-2005 seasons), all games of the Bowl Championship Series[1] were televised by ABC Sports. Generally, coverage consisted of two games on New Year's Day, one on January 2, and one on either January 3 or 4. ABC paid nearly $25 million per year for the broadcast rights to the Fiesta, Sugar and Orange bowls during that time.[2] Overall, the contract was worth $550 million over the eight years for all the bowl games.[3]

Starting with the 2006 season, coverage would be split between ABC and Fox. Fox paid for each bowl game US$20 million.[4] Four of the BCS bowl games were on FOX: the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and a new fifth game, the BCS National Championship Game. ABC will continue to broadcast the Rose Bowl Game. ABC had a $300 million eight-year contract that extends to 2014 for the broadcast rights for the Rose Bowl.[3]

In 2007, ABC and Fox showed one game each on January 1, Fox then showed one game each on January 2 and 3 and came back with the championship game on January 8. A similar schedule is planned for future years.

Fox showed all BCS championship games the first three years of the contract, while in 2010 the Rose Bowl stadium was the location of the BCS Championship game, and ABC televised it.

Fiesta Bowl

Further information: List of Fiesta Bowl broadcasters

From 1999 to 2006, the game aired on ABC as part of the first BCS package.

Date Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
January 2, 2006 ABC Brent Musburger Gary Danielson Jack Arute
January 1, 2005 Lynn Swann
January 2, 2004 Tim Brant Ed Cunningham Sam Ryan
January 3, 2003 Keith Jackson Dan Fouts Todd Harris and Lynn Swann
January 1, 2002 Brent Musburger Gary Danielson Jack Arute
January 1, 2001 Sean McDonough Ed Cunningham Leslie Gudel
January 2, 2000 Tim Brant Dean Blevins
January 4, 1999 Keith Jackson Bob Griese Lynn Swann

Orange Bowl

Further information: List of Orange Bowl broadcasters

ABC held the rights to the event from 1962 to 1964 and again from 1999 to 2006.

Date Network Play-by-play Color commentator Sideline reporters
January 3, 2006 ABC Mike Tirico Kirk Herbstreit Erin Andrews
January 4, 2005 Brad Nessler Bob Griese Lynn Swann and Todd Harris
January 1, 2004 Lynn Swann
January 2, 2003 Tim Brant Ed Cunningham Sam Ryan
January 2, 2002 Brad Nessler Bob Griese Lynn Swann
January 3, 2001 Lynn Swann and Jack Arute
January 1, 2000 Lynn Swann
January 2, 1999 Gary Danielson Dean Blevins
January 1, 1964 ABC Curt Gowdy Paul Christman
January 1, 1963 Jim McKay
January 1, 1962 Paul Christman

Peach Bowl

Further information: List of Peach Bowl broadcasters

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
December 29, 1990 ABC Steve Zabriskie Lynn Swann Susan Hunt
December 30, 1989 Gary Bender Dick Vermeil

Rose Bowl

Further information: List of Rose Bowl Game broadcasters

From 1989 to 2010, the game was broadcast on ABC, usually at 2 p.m. PST; the 2005 edition was the first one broadcast in HDTV. Beginning in 2007, FOX had the broadcast rights to the other Bowl Championship Series games, but the Rose Bowl, which negotiates its own television contract independent of the BCS, had agreed to keep the game on ABC.

Beginning with the 2010 season, ESPN (majority-owned by ABC's parent company, The Walt Disney Company) now broadcasts all the BCS/CFP games, including the Rose Bowl game.[5][6]

Date Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
January 1, 2010[7] ABC[8] Brent Musburger[9] Kirk Herbstreit Lisa Salters
January 1, 2009[10][11]
January 1, 2008
January 1, 2007[12] Bob Davie and Kirk Herbstreit
January 4, 2006[13] Keith Jackson[14] Dan Fouts Todd Harris and Holly Rowe
January 1, 2005[15][16][17] Todd Harris
January 1, 2004[18]
January 1, 2003[19] Brent Musburger Gary Danielson Jack Arute
January 3, 2002 Keith Jackson Tim Brant Todd Harris and Lynn Swann
January 1, 2001[20] Todd Harris
January 1, 2000[21][22] Dan Fouts
January 1, 1999[23] Bob Griese Lynn Swann
January 1, 1998[24][25]
January 1, 1997[26][27][28] Brent Musburger Dick Vermeil Jack Arute
January 1, 1996[29][30][31][32] Keith Jackson Bob Griese Lynn Swann
January 2, 1995
January 1, 1994[33]
January 1, 1993[34][35][36] Brent Musburger Dick Vermeil
January 1, 1992[37][38] Keith Jackson Bob Griese
January 1, 1991
January 1, 1990 Mike Adamle and Jack Arute
January 2, 1989[39][40][41][42][43][44] Mike Adamle

Sugar Bowl

Further information: List of Sugar Bowl broadcasters

From 1999 to 2006, the game aired on ABC as part of its BCS package, where it had also been televised from 1969 through 1998. The Sugar Bowl was the only Bowl Alliance game to stick with ABC following the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons; the Fiesta and Orange Bowls were televised by CBS.

Date Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
January 2, 2006 ABC Brad Nessler Bob Griese Lynn Swann
January 3, 2005 Mike Tirico Tim Brant and Terry Bowden Suzy Shuster
January 4, 2004 Brent Musburger Gary Danielson Jack Arute and Lynn Swann
January 1, 2003 Brad Nessler Bob Griese Lynn Swann
January 1, 2002 Mike Tirico David Norrie Jerry Punch
January 2, 2001 Brent Musburger Gary Danielson Jack Arute
January 4, 2000 Jack Arute and Lynn Swann
January 1, 1999 Dan Fouts Jack Arute
January 1, 1998
January 2, 1997 Keith Jackson Bob Griese Lynn Swann
December 31, 1995 Mark Jones Todd Blackledge Dean Blevins
January 2, 1995 Brent Musburger Dick Vermeil
January 1, 1994
January 1, 1993 Keith Jackson Bob Griese
January 1, 1992 Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
January 1, 1991
January 1, 1990 Lynn Swann
January 2, 1989
January 1, 1988 Keith Jackson Bob Griese Mike Adamle
January 1, 1987 Tim Brant
January 1, 1986 Frank Broyles
January 1, 1985
January 2, 1984
January 1, 1983 Jim Lampley
January 1, 1982 Bill Flemming
January 1, 1981
January 1, 1980 Ara Parseghian
January 1, 1979 Frank Broyles Jim Lampley
January 1, 1978 Ara Parseghian
January 1, 1977
December 31, 1975 Bud Wilkinson
December 31, 1974 Barry Switzer
December 31, 1973 Chris Schenkel Bud Wilkinson and Howard Cosell
December 31, 1972 Bud Wilkinson
January 1, 1972
January 1, 1971
January 1, 1970

Other bowl games

Citrus Bowl

Further information: List of Citrus Bowl broadcasters

The bowl has been broadcast by Mizlou (1976–1983), NBC (1984–1985), and ABC since then, with the exception of ESPN for the 2011 and 2012 editions.[45]

Gator Bowl

Date Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
December 30, 1985 ABC Al Michaels Lee Grosscup Al Trautwig
December 28, 1984 Lynn Swann
December 30, 1983 Frank Broyles Tim Brant
December 30, 1982 Lee Grosscup Anne Simon
December 28, 1981 Ara Parseghian Steve Davis
December 29, 1980
December 28, 1979 Keith Jackson Frank Broyles Dave Diles
December 29, 1978 Ara Parseghian
December 30, 1977 Frank Broyles
December 27, 1976 Ara Parseghian
December 29, 1975
December 30, 1974
December 29, 1973
December 30, 1972 Bill Flemming Lee Grosscup
December 28, 1968 ABC
December 30, 1967 Keith Jackson Bud Wilkinson
December 31, 1966 Chris Schenkel Bill Flemming
December 31, 1965 Johnny Lujack
January 2, 1965 Curt Gowdy Paul Christman

Las Vegas Bowl

Further information: List of Las Vegas Bowl broadcasters

The Las Vegas Bowl has been televised by ABC since 2013; ABC also televised the game in 2001. Other editions of the game were broadcast by ESPN or ESPN2.[46]

Liberty Bowl

Further information: List of Liberty Bowl broadcasters

Since 1990, the game has been broadcast predominantly by ESPN, with some editions on ABC.[47]

Date Network Play-by-play Color Commentator(s) Sideline Reporter(s)
December 30, 2017 ABC Mike Patrick Tommy Tuberville
December 31, 2011 ABC Dave LaMont Ray Bentley Quint Kessenich
December 30, 1995 ABC
December 27, 1980 ABC Jim Lampley Steve Davis
December 22, 1979 Keith Jackson Ara Parseghian Verne Lundquist
December 23, 1978[48] Chris Schenkel
December 19, 1977 Keith Jackson Frank Broyles
December 20, 1976 Ara Parseghian
December 20, 1971 Chris Schenkel Bud Wilkinson
December 12, 1970
December 13, 1969 Chris Schenkel Bud Wilkinson

See also

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