CBS & NFL Network’s ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes — Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflNFL Thursday Night Kickoff aired from inside M&T Bank Stadium tonight at 7:30 PM ET on CBS and NFL Network, with host James Brown and analysts Bill Cowher and Deion Sanders providing pregame analysis leading up to Steelers-Ravens on Thursday Night Football.’

CBS’ James Brown’s Interview with Baltimore Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti

CBS’ James Brown sat down with Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti for an interview on NFL Thursday Night Kickoff:

On what the Baltimore Ravens’ own investigation consisted of and how far did it go:

“Of course we knew that there was other video and our security did the steps that they normally would. They called the casino and they would not release it. They called the Jets and the Giants and said, ‘Do you have any influence, is there any way that you can help us?’ They called back and said no, that they would not release it. The prosecutor said yesterday that would have been illegal. If I had said to Ray [Rice] and his attorney I can’t keep you on this team until I see that tape, I would have seen the tape and I would have sent it to Roger [Goodell] and said you have to look at this tape before you render your decision.”

On the report that the NFL was sent a copy of the tape in April:

“I believe Roger [Goodell] when he says he never saw it. If the allegation is true that it got to the league office, then somebody was negligent in not getting that to Roger. I’ve known Roger for 14 years. He’s dedicated his life to the NFL and as a man I can’t believe that he saw that video and gave a two-game suspension. That’s what makes it hard for me to believe.”

On the public cries for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to step down:

“I don’t agree with that at all. At all. Because again, this is an accusation from an anonymous source. Could it be trying to deflect blame from the police for being so light on them? Maybe. But why would I take an anonymous person’s word over a man that I’ve known for 14 years?”

On what he has learned through this process:

“If Ray Rice ends up being the reason and our Ravens’ failures and our shortcomings and the league’s shortcomings become a reason to change the legal process and their shortcomings, then if this is a seminal moment for domestic violence and the way we handle it as a society, then that’s not a burden for us to be that poster boy. It’s not. Now I’m embarrassed about it but five years from now if things have changed significantly for the better, I’ll be proud of it. That’s our recovery. What can we do going forward? Pray that this was a moment in time that changed everything.”

Pittsburgh Steelers – Baltimore Ravens Pregame Quotes:

“I can’t believe that the man that I know, the Roger Goodell that I know, would cover that up. He’s been at fault for being too harsh on the players amongst the league. Now you’re saying he’s going to turn a blind eye to this ignorance that we saw on tape? That’s not the man I know.” – Deion Sanders on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

“There is no doubt that in the wake of this incident many, many things were mishandled. But there exists right now a moment in time where the focus is on domestic violence that sports can once again serve as a catalyst for social progress and the NFL can lead in that regard. The NFL can foment transformative change, and energy spent in that regard is energy well spent.” – Amy Trask

“John Harbaugh tonight is going to find out who his real leaders are because they need to have some leadership step up given the magnitude and importance of this game.” – Bill Cowher on head coach John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens

“There is no answer for Antonio Brown.” – Deion Sanders on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown

“I’ve never seen a game with this kind of magnitude – the importance – this early.” – Bill Cowher on the Steelers-Ravens game

“Two years ago, I challenged the NFL community and all men to seriously confront the problem of domestic violence, especially coming on the heels of the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. Yet, here we are again, dealing with the same issue of violence against women. Now let’s be clear: this problem is bigger than football. There has been, appropriately so, intense and widespread outrage following the release of the video showing what happened inside the elevator at the casino. But wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, could be channeled to truly hear and address the long-suffering cries for help by so many women and, as they said, do something about it? Like an ongoing, comprehensive education of men about what healthy, respectful manhood is all about. And it starts with how we view women. Our language is important. For instance, when a guy says, ‘You throw the ball like a girl,’ or ‘You’re a little sissy,’ it reflects an attitude that devalues women. And attitudes will eventually manifest in some fashion. Women have been at the forefront in the domestic violence awareness and prevention arena, and whether Janay Rice considers herself a victim or not, millions of women in this country are. Consider this: according to domestic violence experts, more than three women per day lose their lives at the hands of their partners. That means that since the night of February 15 in Atlantic City, more than 600 women have died. So this is yet another call to men to stand up and take responsibility for their thoughts, their words, their deeds, and as Deion [Sanders] says, to give help or to get help because our silence is deafening and deadly.” – James Brown

NEXT WEEK ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS — 8:25 PM ET

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CBS Sports To Stream Entire 2014 SEC ON CBs Football Schedule Featuring All-22 Camera Angle On Cbssports.Com and CBS Sports Mobile App

sec-on-cbsMultiple Camera Angles for SEC on CBS Games Will Be Available to Fans
For the Second Consecutive Year

CBS Sports’ SEC “Game of the Week” Kicks Off with Georgia vs. South Carolina
on Saturday, September 13

Sept. 9, 2014 – CBS Sports, the exclusive national over-the-air broadcaster of Southeastern Conference home football games, will stream its entire 2014 SEC ON CBS schedule exclusively on CBSSports.com (CBSSports.com/SECLive) and on the CBS Sports mobile app for iOS and Android, beginning with Georgia vs. South Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 13.  For the second consecutive season, SEC Live on CBSSports.com will feature multiple camera angles in complement to the game broadcasts, allowing fans to see a full-field view of the action in addition to the main camera view.

An all-22 camera angle, which will be available along with the main camera angle during live streaming coverage of every SEC ON CBS football game, provides a high view from the 50-yard line showing all players on the field. Utilized during the game broadcast as a telestrator feature to break down plays, this camera angle is ideal for fans who want to study formations and get a coach’s perspective on each play.

“We’re excited to offer college football fans a complete second-screen experience for every SEC ON CBS broadcast again this season,” said Jeffrey Gerttula, General Manager of CBSSports.com. “Viewers will be able to catch all the action through high-quality streams in a feature-rich, interactive environment across their computers, tablets, and mobile phones.”

Viewers will have the ability to switch back and forth between the game simulcast and an all-22 camera angle, and will also have access to live team and player statistics, Twitter integration, interactive elements including polling and highlights and additional on-demand video.

SEC Live each week also will include a pregame show, a halftime show, and an original 5th Quarter postgame featuring analysis from CBS Sports’ lead college football analyst Gary Danielson.

The SEC ON CBS schedule features a total of 16 games during the Network’s 14-week season, including two doubleheaders and the SEC Championship on Saturday, Dec. 6 (4:00 PM, ET).

CBS Sports’ 2014 College football schedule:

DATE                      TIME (ET)                     GAMES

Saturday, Sept. 13   3:30-7:00 PM              GEORGIA at SOUTH CAROLINA

Saturday, Sept. 20  3:30-7:00 PM              FLORIDA at ALABAMA

Saturday, Sept. 27   3:30-7:00 PM              SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Oct. 4      3:30-7:00 PM              SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Oct. 11   12:00 NOON-3:30 PM    SEC GAME OF THE WEEK #1

3:30-7:00 PM              SEC GAME OF THE WEEK #2

Saturday, Oct. 18   3:30-7:00 PM              SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Oct. 25   3:30-7:00 PM              SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Nov. 1      3:30-7:00 PM              FLORIDA vs. GEORGIA

Saturday, Nov. 8      3:30-7:00 PM              SEC GAME OF THE WEEK #1

8:00-11:00 PM            SEC GAME OF THE WEEK#2

Saturday, Nov. 15     3:30-7:00 PM              SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Nov.  22   3:30-7:00 PM              SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Friday, Nov. 28         2:30-6:00 PM             ARKANSAS at MISSOURI

Saturday, Nov. 29     3:30-7:00 PM             SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Dec. 6       4:00-7:30 PM             SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

All “SEC Games of the Week” are announced six-to-12 days prior to their broadcast date.

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Complete Cast of ‘Thursday Night Football’ Pregame Show on NFL Network & CBS Announced

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflFeaturing Multiple Locations, Coverage Begins at 6:00 PM ET with

‘NFL Total Access Kickoff’ on NFL Network and

‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ at 7:30 PM ET on CBS and NFL Network

 

James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher to be Joined by

Rich Eisen, Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci

Live On-Location Every Thursday

 

‘Mazda Postgame Show’ Wraps Up On-Location Coverage Each Week

The complete pregame and postgame talent roster for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network and CBS is set. Joining the previously announced set featuring host James Brown and analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher will be an additional set featuring host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci.

Every Thursday at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, Eisen will kick off the NFL week with Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci live from outside the stadium on NFL Total Access Kickoff. The cast will provide news and analysis of the upcoming matchup, as well as highlight the atmosphere and festivities outside the stadium as fans arrive for every Thursday Night Football game on CBS and NFL Network.

At 7:30 PM ET, Brown, Sanders and Cowher anchor NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. The show will air on CBS and be simulcast on NFL Network during Weeks 2-8 and air exclusively on NFL Network during Weeks 9-12 and 14-16. During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show on CBS and NFL Network.

Brown, Sanders and Cowher also will appear on NFL Total Access Kickoff in the 6:00-7:30 PM ET window, while Eisen, Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci will appear within NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from 7:30 PM ET to kickoff.

Additionally, throughout the course of the 2014 Thursday Night Football schedule, NFL Network and CBS analysts such as Tony Gonzalez, Kurt Warner, LaDainian Tomlinson, Willie McGinest, Terrell Davis and more will appear on-location on both the NFL Total Access Kickoff and NFL Thursday Night Kickoff pregame shows.

Immediately following each game, the Mazda Postgame Show airs live from the stadium on NFL Network and CBS. Eisen, Irvin, Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders reprise their wildly entertaining postgame show, providing highlights, analysis and live interviews. Each week, a player or coach from the winning team will join the crew on-set to discuss the victory, receive a gift bag which will vary each week and leave their handprints on the Winning Hands wall.

The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson. The Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 11 with Steelers vs. Ravens from Baltimore.

2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule

Kickoff times are 8:25 PM, ET unless otherwise noted

Sept. 11 (Week 2): Steelers at Ravens Nov. 6 (Week 10): Browns at Bengals
Sept. 18 (Week 3): Buccaneers at Falcons Nov. 13 (Week 11): Bills at Dolphins
Sept. 25 (Week 4): Giants at Redskins Nov. 20 (Week 12): Chiefs at Raiders
Oct. 2    (Week 5): Vikings at Packers Dec. 4  (Week 14): Cowboys at Bears
Oct. 9   (Week 6): Colts at Texans Dec. 11 (Week 15): Cardinals at Rams
Oct. 16 (Week 7): Jets at Patriots Dec. 18 (Week 16): Titans at Jaguars
Oct. 23 (Week 8): Chargers at Broncos Dec. 20 (Week 16): Eagles at Redskins*
Oct. 30 (Week 9): Saints at Panthers Dec. 20 (Week 16): Chargers at 49ers*

Weeks 2-8 and one of the Saturday games from Week 16 will be broadcast by CBS and simulcast on NFL Network. Weeks 9-12 and 14-16, including one of the Saturday games during Week 16 will be televised on NFL Network.

*The kickoff times for each of the Saturday games – Philadelphia at Washington and San Diego at San Francisco – will be determined at a later date.

Follow CBS Sports and NFL Network on Twitter: @NFLonCBS and @NFLNetwork.

CBS Sports Announces New Broadcast Pairings For 2014 NFL Season

cbs-1Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts Named THE NFL ON CBS’s No. 2 Announce Team

Reporter Tracy Wolfson Joins Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on Network’s Lead Crew

Newcomer Trent Green Teams with Veteran Greg Gumbel

The CBS Television Network will begin its 55th year of broadcasting the NFL with Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson leading THE NFL ON CBS into the Network’s 2014 NFL season.  Nantz, Simms and Wolfson will call the full slate of Thursday Night Football games on CBS and the NFL Network, along with selected Sunday games on CBS.  Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, and Executive Producer, THE NFL ON CBS, announced today several changes to the 2014 announcer line-up along with the complete list of broadcast pairings.

Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts have been named THE NFL ON CBS’s No. 2 announce team and will call the network’s top game on Sundays when Nantz and Simms do not call a game.

Wolfson, who served as the Network’s lead college football reporter for the past 10 years, will join the lead announce team of Nantz and Simms as THE NFL ON CBS lead reporter.   In addition to Wolfson, THE NFL ON CBS will utilize additional sideline reporters during the season including  Jenny Dell and Evan Washburn.

THE NFL ON CBS announce team is solidified even more this year as the deepest in sports television as Greg Gumbel will team with newcomer Trent Green.  THE NFL ON CBS announce team also will feature several new pairings including Kevin Harlan with Rich GannonSpero Dedes with Solomon Wilcots, and Andrew Catalon forming a three-man booth with Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein.  

James Brown once again will anchor the CBS Television Network’s pre-game studio show, THE NFL TODAY, along with analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, and newcomers Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott, from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.  Jason La Canforawill continue to serve as the “NFL Insider.”

Following are the Network’s NFL announcer pairings for the 2014 season (play-by-play/analyst):

Jim Nantz/Phil Simms//Tracy Wolfson

Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts

Greg Gumbel/Trent Green

Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon

Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots

Andrew Catalon/Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker

Game coverage also will include play-by-play announcers Brian Anderson and Tom McCarthy, as well as analysts Adam Archuleta and Chris Simms.

McManus also serves as Executive Producer for THE NFL ON CBS.

Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer for THE NFL ON CBS, and Michael Arnold is the lead game director.  Drew Kaliski is producer for THE NFL TODAY, while Bob Matina directs.  David Berson is President, CBS Sports.  Harold Bryant is Executive Producer & Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

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Follow CBS Sports on Twitter: @CBSSportsGang and @NFLonCBS

2014 Thursday Night Football Broadcast Schedule Announced

NFL-CBSnfl_network-logoSlate of 16 Regular-Season Games Kicks Off with Steelers vs. Ravens on

September 11 on CBS and NFL Network

The CBS Television Network and NFL Network announce the Thursday Night Football prime time broadcast schedule for the 2014 NFL season. This year marks the inaugural partnership between CBS Sports and NFL Network in broadcasting Thursday Night Football and features the most marquee match-ups ever on Thursday night, including 14 divisional rivalries. The 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 11 with Steelers vs. Ravens from Baltimore and ends with a Week 16 Saturday double-header on December 20.

The 2014 Thursday Night Football schedule will feature games from Weeks 2-8 and Week 16 (Saturday) broadcast on CBS that also will be simulcast on NFL Network. The Thursday Night Football schedule in Weeks 9-12 and Weeks 14-16 will be televised on NFL Network, and will be simulcast on over-the-air stations in the primary markets of the participating teams. All Thursday Night Football games will kick off at 8:25 PM ET, with the exception of the Week 16 Saturday double-header – NFL Network (4:30 PM ET) and CBS (8:00 PM ET).

The Thursday Night Football schedule is highlighted by Giants vs. Redskins (Week 4), Jets vs. Patriots (Week 7), Saints vs. Panthers (Week 9), as well as Cowboys vs. Bears (Week 14), and features 11 playoff teams from 2013 – including seven division winners. Five-time MVP Peyton Manning headlines a list of prominent stars to appear on this year’s Thursday Night Football schedule, along with Adrian Peterson (2012 MVP), Aaron Rodgers (2011 MVP), and Tom Brady (2010 & 2007 MVP), former No. 1 overall picks Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and Eli Manning, 2013 Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly and cornerback Darrelle Revis.

The entire 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch), with participating cable and satellite providers.

The Thursday Night Football schedule on CBS, also simulcast on NFL Network includes:

Sept. 11 (Week 2):  Steelers at Ravens        Oct. 9 (Week 6):         Colts at Texans

Sept. 18 (Week 3):  Buccaneers at Falcons  Oct. 16 (Week 7):       Jets at Patriots

Sept. 25 (Week 4):  Giants at Redskins         Oct. 23 (Week 8):       Chargers at Broncos

Oct. 2 (Week 5):     Vikings at Packers          Dec. 20 (Week 16):    Chargers at 49ers/Eagles at Redskins*

The Thursday Night Football schedule on NFL Network includes:

Oct. 30 (Week 9):   Saints at Panthers          Dec. 4 (Week 14):      Cowboys at Bears

Nov. 6 (Week 10):    Browns at Bengals        Dec. 11 (Week 15):    Cardinals at Rams

Nov. 13 (Week 11):  Bills at Dolphins             Dec. 18 (Week 16):    Titans at Jaguars

Nov. 20 (Week 12):  Chiefs at Raiders          Dec. 20 (Week 16):    Chargers at 49ers/Eagles at Redskins*

To view the entire 2014 NFL schedule, visit NFL.com and CBSSports.com.

The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Nantz and Simms also will announce select games on Sunday on CBS. NFL Network hosts and analysts will be featured in the pregame, halftime and postgame shows along with CBS Sports announcers.

This season marks both the 55th year of NFL broadcasts on the CBS Television Network and the ninth year of Thursday Night Football games on NFL Network. In 2013, NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football set rating and viewership records. Including the audience from over-the-air broadcasts in local markets, NFL Network’s 13-game schedule of Thursday Night Football broadcasts finished with a record-high per game average audience of 8 million viewers, up 10% from 2012, marking the fifth-consecutive year that Thursday Night Football has set an all-time high viewership mark.

Each week of the 2013 Thursday Night Football schedule, NFL Network’s game telecast was the day’s most-watched program on cable television.

*The kickoff times for each of the Saturday games – Philadelphia at Washington and San Diego at San Francisco – will be determined at a later date.

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CBS Sports Announces 2014 NFL Preseason Games

NFL-CBSTHE NFL ON CBS Preseason Schedule Kicks Off with Green Bay Packers Hosting Oakland Raiders Live in Prime Time on Friday, August 22

New Orleans Saints Take On Indianapolis Colts for THE NFL ON CBS’s Second Preseason Game Following Night on August 23 on CBS Television Network

The CBS Television Network is scheduled to begin its 55th year broadcasting the NFL with two preseason games during the 2014 season.

The preseason schedule for THE NFL ON CBS begins on Friday, Aug. 22 (8:00 PM, ET) when the Green Bay Packers host the Oakland Raiders, live in prime time on the CBS Television Network.

THE NFL ON CBS will conclude its two-game preseason schedule the following night when the New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts live in prime time on Saturday, Aug. 23 (8:00 PM, ET).

Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS.  David Berson is President, CBS Sports.  Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

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Turner & CBS Announce Coverage Plans for 2014 NCAA Final Four

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaCBS Sports and Turner Sports Announce Coverage Plans for

2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four in North Texas

 TBS to Televise Final Four National Semifinals for First Time;

CBS to Broadcast National Championship for 33rd Consecutive Year

TNT & truTV “Teamcast” Plans Unveiled for Final Four National Semifinal Games                                                                                                                                                                                          

Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide exclusive coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four and National Championship from North Texas with Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin competing for college basketball’s top honor.  TBS will televise the National Semifinal games on Saturday, April 5, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET, marking the first time in the 76-year history of the event the games will air on a cable network. The network will televise three hours of pre-game coverage beginning at 3 p.m. CBS will broadcast the National Championship on Monday, April 7, with pre-game coverage live from AT&T Stadium beginning at 8:30 p.m., and the game tipping off earlier this year at 9:10 p.m.

Saturday’s Final Four National Semifinals will feature Florida against Connecticut with tip-off scheduled for 6:09 p.m.  Wisconsin versus Kentucky will begin 40 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.  Jim Nantz will call the action with analysts Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr, along with reporter Tracy Wolfson.  Nantz will call his 24th Final Four and National Championship, with Kerr joining Nantz for a fourth consecutive year and Anthony providing analysis alongside them for the first time this year.

Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from the Final Four and National Championship with analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith – joined by Greg Gumbel and analysts Reggie Miller, Seth Davis, Grant Hill, Doug Gottlieb and college coaches.

In additional to the traditional Final Four National Semifinal game telecast airing on TBS, “teamcasts” or team-specific presentations tailored to the individual teams competing in both games will air simultaneously on TNT and truTV.  The innovative teamcast concept – under the banner “Your Team, Your Way” – will present the game with unprecedented local flavor, including comprehensive team and player storylines, custom music, graphics and show packaging, additional cameras and team-specific replays, custom halftimes with school features and more.

Network/Commentators for the Final Four teamcast presentations:

Florida Teamcast at 6 p.m. on TNT

David Steele, who has previously hosted University of Florida basketball and football television and radio coverage and is the current voice of the Orlando Magic, will provide play-by-play for the TNT telecast.  Analyst Mark Wise, a 14-year veteran analyst for the Gator Basketball Network, and reporter James Bates, a former member of the Florida football team who played on four consecutive SEC title teams and a national championship team in 1996, will join Steele.

Connecticut Teamcast at 6 p.m. on truTV

Eric Frede, a Connecticut native who covered the UConn men’s program this year as a studio host for CSN New England, will call the action on truTV.  Frede is also the current play-by-play commentator for SNY’s coverage of the UConn women’s basketball program.  Joining him courtside will be UConn standout Donny Marshall, a member of UConn Men’s Basketball All-Century Team who led the Huskies to the Elite Eight in 1995 while averaging 22.3 points per game. Marshall currently provides analysis for YES Network on the Brooklyn Nets.  Additionally, UConn legend Swin Cash – a two-time Olympic gold medalist, three-time WNBA champion and two time NCAA champion at Connecticut – will be the courtside reporter.

Kentucky Teamcast following the first game on TNT

Play-by-play commentator Rob Bromley, a long-time Kentucky sports anchor who has handled play-by-play, sideline and color commentary for basketball and football on UKTV for more than 30 years, will team with former Kentucky star Rex Chapman as the analyst.  Chapman was a two-time All-SEC player at Kentucky and a 12-year NBA veteran. Dave Baker, a television play-by-play commentator for UK/IMG telecasts of the University of Kentucky basketball games and long-time sports anchor and reporter at WKYT, will serve as the reporter for the game.

Wisconsin Teamcast following the first game on truTV

Wayne Larrivee, who has called Wisconsin games on the Big Ten Network this season, will provide play-by-play commentary.  Larrivee is also the current radio voice of the Green Bay Packers.  Larrivee will be joined by former Badger Mike Kelley, who helped guide the team to the Final Four in 2000.

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Turner Sports & CBS Sports Announce Tip Times & Announce Teams for Regional Semifinals

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaCBS Sports and Turner Sports Announce Tip Times and

Announce Teams for Regional Semifinals

Exclusive Coverage Continues with Regional Semi-Finals on

Thursday, March 27, and Friday, March 28

Turner Sports and CBS Sports announce tip times, match-ups and announce teams for its exclusive coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinals on Thursday, March 27, and Friday, March 28 (7 p.m.-Midnight ET) with all games available in their entirety on TBS and CBS.  Coverage will begin both nights with the Infiniti NCAA Tip-Off pregame show at 6 p.m. on TBS.

The announce teams for the Regional Semifinals and Finals are as follows:

Play-By-Play/Analyst//Reporter

Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony//Tracy Wolfson

Marv Albert/Steve Kerr//Craig Sager

Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Allie LaForce

Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller//Rachel Nichols

Studio coverage will continue with Greg Gumbel hosting alongside analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.  Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from Turner Studios in Atlanta with analysts Steve Smith, Seth Davis, Grant Hill and Doug Gottlieb. 

Tip times for the Regional Final games on Saturday will be announced on Thursday after the conclusion of the day’s games. Sunday’s tip times will be released after the conclusion of play on Friday.

The Final Four on Saturday, April 5, will be televised on TBS for the first time along with “teamcasts” or team-specific telecasts airing on TNT and truTV. The National Championship Game on Monday, April 7 will air on CBS for the 33rd consecutive year.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 (7 p.m.-Midnight ET)

 

Tip (ET)

Network

Site

Game

Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

7:15 p.m. CBS Memphis I Stanford vs. Dayton Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller//Rachel Nichols
7:47 p.m. TBS Anaheim I Wisconsin vs. Baylor Marv Albert/Steve Kerr//Craig Sager
After conc. I CBS Memphis II Florida vs. UCLA Harlan/Elmore/Miller//Nichols
After conc. I TBS Anaheim II Arizona/Gonzaga vs. San Diego State Albert/Kerr//Sager

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 (7 p.m.-Midnight ET)

 

Tip (ET)

Network

Site

Game

Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

7:15 p.m. CBS Indianapolis I Michigan vs. Tennessee Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony//Tracy Wolfson
7:27 p.m. TBS New York I Iowa State vs. Connecticut Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Allie LaForce
After conc. I CBS Indianapolis II Louisville vs. Kentucky Nantz/Anthony//Wolfson
After conc. I TBS New York II Virginia/Memphis vs. Michigan State Lundquist/Raftery//LaForce

Follow us on Twitter:@MarchMadnessTVfor schedule updates and the latest NCAA Tournament broadcast news and information.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Tip Times and Talent Release

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaAnnounce Teams Set for NCAA First Four™ and Second Round Coverage

CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off with the NCAA First Four™ on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual on Tuesday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 19 (6 p.m. ET; both days). Second round game coverage will begin Thursday, March 20, and Friday, March 21 (Noon-Midnight; both days) with all games available live in their entirety across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. Additionally, truTV will televise a one-hour pregame show Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m.

Brian Anderson and Dan Bonner will call Tuesday’s First Four games with reporter Kristine Leahy.  Kevin Harlan will team with analysts Len Elmore and Reggie Miller and reporter Rachel Nichols for Wednesday’s games. Studio coverage for the First Four will originate from Atlanta with Matt Winer hosting alongside analysts Seth Davis, Grant Hill and Steve Smith both days.

Following are the tip times for the First Four games, as well as the commentator assignments for the second round games. Tip times for the third round games on Saturday will be announced on Thursday after the conclusion of the day’s games. Sunday’s tip times will be released after the conclusion of play on Friday.

The Final Four on Saturday, April 5, will be televised on TBS for the first time along with “teamcasts” or team-specific telecasts airing on TNT and truTV. The National Championship Game on Monday, April 7, will air on CBS for the 33rd consecutive year.

First Round Games

Tuesday, March 18

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton I Albany vs. Mount St. Mary’s Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
After conc. I truTV Dayton II North Carolina State vs. Xavier Anderson/Bonner//Leahy


First Round Games

Wednesday, March 19

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton I Cal Poly vs. Texas Southern Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller//Rachel Nichols
After conc. I truTV Dayton II Iowa vs. Tennessee Harlan/Elmore/Miller/Nichols


Second Round Games

Thursday Afternoon, March 20 (Noon-6 p.m. ET)

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
12:15 p.m. CBS Buffalo I Ohio State vs. Dayton Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Allie LaForce
12:40 p.m. truTV Milwaukee I Wisconsin vs. American Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel//Lewis Johnson
1:40 p.m. TBS Orlando I Colorado vs. Pittsburgh Anderson/Bonner//Leahy
2:10 p.m. TNT Spokane I Cincinnati vs. Harvard Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
After conc. I CBS Buffalo II Syracuse vs. Western Michigan Lundquist/ Raftery// LaForce
After conc. I truTV Milwaukee II Oregon vs. BYU Eagle/Spanarkel// Johnson
After conc. I TBS Orlando II Florida vs. Albany/Mount St. Mary’s Anderson/Bonner//Leahy
After conc. I TNT Spokane II Michigan State vs. Delaware Dedes/Gottlieb//Maggio


Second Round Games

Thursday Evening, March 20 (6:30 p.m.-Midnight ET)

(Announce Teams Same as Day Games)

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:55 p.m. TBS Buffalo III Connecticut vs.

Saint Joseph’s

Lundquist/ Raftery// LaForce
7:10 p.m. CBS Milwaukee III Michigan vs. Wofford Eagle/Spanarkel// Johnson
7:20 p.m. TNT Orlando III St. Louis vs.

N.C. State/Xavier

Anderson/Bonner//Leahy
7:27 p.m. truTV Spokane III Oklahoma vs.

North Dakota State

Dedes/Gottlieb//Maggio
After conc. III TBS Buffalo IV Villanova vs. Milwaukee Lundquist/ Raftery// LaForce
After conc. III CBS Milwaukee IV Texas vs. Arizona State Eagle/Spanarkel// Johnson
After conc. III TNT Orlando IV Louisville vs. Manhattan Anderson/Bonner//Leahy
After conc. III truTV Spokane IV San Diego State vs. New Mexico State Dedes/Gottlieb//Maggio

 

Second Round Games

Friday Afternoon, March 21 (Noon-6 p.m. ET)

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
12:15 p.m. CBS Raleigh I Duke vs. Mercer Harlan/Elmore/Miller/Nichols
12:40 p.m. truTV San Antonio I Baylor vs. Nebraska Marv Albert/Steve Kerr//Craig Sager
1:40 p.m. TBS St. Louis I New Mexico vs. Stanford Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony//Tracy Wolfson
2:10 p.m. TNT San Diego I Arizona vs. Weber State Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski//Otis Livingston
After conc. I CBS Raleigh II Massachusetts vs. Iowa/Tennessee Harlan/Elmore/Miller/Nichols
After conc. I truTV San Antonio II Creighton vs.

Louisiana Lafayette

Albert/Kerr//Sager
After conc. I TBS St. Louis II Kansas vs. Eastern Kentucky Nantz/Anthony//Wolfson
After conc. I TNT San Diego II Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State Catalon/Gminski//Livingston

 

Second Round Games

Friday Evening, March 21 (6:30 p.m.-Midnight ET)

(Announce Teams Same as Day Games)

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:55 p.m. TBS Raleigh III Memphis vs. George Washington Harlan/Elmore/Miller/Nichols
7:10 p.m. CBS St. Louis III Wichita State vs.

Cal Poly/Texas Southern

Nantz/Anthony//Wolfson
7:20 p.m. TNT San Antonio III North Carolina vs. Providence Albert/Kerr//Sager
7:27 p.m. truTV San Diego III VCU vs.

Stephen F. Austin

Catalon/Gminski//Livingston
After conc. III TBS Raleigh IV Virginia vs.

Coastal Carolina

Harlan/Elmore/Miller/Nichols
After conc. III CBS St. Louis IV Kentucky vs. Kansas State Nantz/Anthony//Wolfson
After conc. III TNT San Antonio IV Iowa State vs.

N.C. Central

Albert/Kerr//Sager
After conc. III truTV San Diego IV UCLA vs. Tulsa Catalon/Gminski//Livingston

 

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Road to the Final Four® Begins Selection Sunday on CBS and truTV

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaCBS Airs Exclusive Live First-time Announcement of 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Field of 68 on Sunday, March 16, at 6 p.m. ET

Infiniti Selection Sunday on truTV follows at 7 p.m. with In-Depth Bracket Analysis and Interviews with NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee Members

“NCAA March Madness Confidential” Returns; Chronicling Wichita State, Creighton,

San Diego State and Oklahoma during their NCAA Tournament Journeys

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will begin the road to the Final Four with the exclusive, live first-time announcement of the pairings for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show on Sunday, March 16, at 6 p.m. ET on CBS.

Greg Gumbel will host the one-hour show, joined by Clark Kellogg, Doug Gottlieb and Seth Davis live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.  In addition, Ron Wellman, Chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, joins live from Indianapolis to provide an in-depth look into the selection process.

Immediately following the Selection Show at 7 p.m., the Infiniti Selection Sunday on truTV studio show will provide in-depth analysis of the entire tournament field from Turner Studios in Atlanta. Ernie Johnson will host the one-hour special, joined by Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and CBSSports.com college basketball columnist Gary Parrish. Also, Matt Winer will conduct interviews with select members of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee in Indianapolis to discuss the bracket and provide details regarding the group’s deliberations throughout the weekend. Gumbel, Anthony, Gottlieb and Davis will also join the show live via satellite from New York.

Turner Sports and CBS Sports’ joint coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will include the return of NCAA March Madness Confidential, providing behind-the-scenes access with four NCAA Tournament bound teams: *No. 2-ranked Wichita State, *No. 8-ranked San Diego State, No. 14-ranked Creighton and No. 17-ranked Oklahoma.  Production crews will be embedded with the teams beginning Selection Sunday with features airing throughout coverage across the Networks, as well as on NCAA.com, chronicling their NCAA Tournament journeys.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. For the first time in the event’s 76-year history, the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship National Semifinals will be presented on cable live across three networks – the traditional game coverage on TBS and “teamcasts” or team-specific telecasts airing on TNT and truTV – to provide fans with a variety of viewing options for this marquee event. For the 33rd consecutive year, CBS will broadcast the NCAA National Championship.

Additionally, the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show will be available via NCAA® March Madness® Live at www.ncaa.com/marchmadness, the March Madness Live® app via online, tablets and mobile devices.

Follow us on Twitter: @MarchMadnessTV for schedule updates and the latest NCAA Tournament broadcast news and information.

 

*AP Poll as of 3/10/14

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