There's a method to this year's March Madness, and it's based on the number four. The Final Four in Houston will be bookended by the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, an offshoot of the NCAA tournament's expansion to a record 68-team field. And the whole extravaganza will air on four networks. CBS, in its 30th year broadcasting college basketball's premier event, will join forces with Turner Sports on three cable networks — TBS, TNT and truTV — as part of a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal. Here's what to watch for.
Tip-off to buzzer Each of the 67 games will be shown in its entirety for the first time in the tournament's 73-year history, thanks to staggered starts at least 30 minutes apart. But that doesn't mean fans can't...read more
Jim Nantz will have a new partner on CBS's NCAA basketball coverage. The network confirmed Monday that longtime studio and game analyst Clark Kellogg will replace Billy Packer alongside Nantz on the lead college hoops announcing team this coming season. In a statement, CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus said, "With his unquestioned popularity and performance over the years, Clark Kellogg earned all rights to this top spot. Like Billy Packer, Al McGuire or any of the most highly regarded broadcasters, Clark is an original voice with his own style and perspective. We have been proud to have him lead our studio presence for many years and look forward to his fresh impact on CBS Sports' coverage of college basketball for years to come."Kellogg has worked for CBS for 16 years, covering regular season games and working as a studio analyst during March Madness.Regarding Packer, McManus said he "has set the standard of excellence for over 30 years. I can't express how important he h...read more