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XFL will have ‘tons of players with mics on’ and helmet cams

ESPN has plans to do some unique things during their XFL broadcasts when the league launches in February.

As previously noted, Steve Levy and Greg McElroy have been named as the lead broadcast team for ESPN and ABC games and they will be joined by Tom Luginbill as a sideline analyst and Dianna Russini as a reporter. WWE’s Pat McAfee will also be in the broadcast booth.

“The reporters are going to have some freedom,” Lee Fitting, ESPN’s senior vice president of production, told The New York Post. “You put those thoughts together then why not Pat? He’s going to be a natural down there and we are going to give him a little bit of a longer leash to operate.”

Fitting said there will be some unique broadcast elements added to the games. “We are hoping to have some type of in-game communication either with coaches and players that aren’t in the game. One of the goals is, I’m making this up: A quarterback and receiver comes off and defense comes on. We would love to have a quick two-way with the announcers and the players who are now not in the game.”

Fitting added that there would be “tons of players with mics on” and they have plans to implement helmet cams. “We will be able to listen in on coach-to-coach and coach-to-player audio in their helmet systems and spin that around as quickly as we can. We think access and audio is where we can make a difference.”

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