2015 NCAA Tournament National Championship Game Featuring Duke Over Wisconsin Scores Highest Overnight Rating In 18 Years

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaDuke vs. Wisconsin on CBS Delivers 17.1/27, Up 33%

2015 NCAA Tournament Across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV Garners
Highest Overall Average Rating in 22 Years

NCAA March Madness Live Generates Record-Setting 3.4 Million Live Video Streams
for Championship Game

CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ exclusive coverage of last night’s NCAA Tournament Men’s National Championship between Duke and Wisconsin on CBS scored a 17.1/27 HH rating/share to deliver the highest overnight rating for the NCAA Men’s National Championship in the metered markets in 18 years (1997; 18.0/28, Arizona-Kentucky), based on Nielsen metered market ratings. The broadcast’s 17.1/27 is up 33% over last year (12.9/21; Connecticut-Kentucky) and peaked with a 20.1/34 from 11:00-11:30 PM, ET.

Overall, 2015 NCAA Tournament coverage across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV averaged a 7.8/16 overnight rating/share, up 13% and is the best overnight rating in 22 years (7.9/17 in 1993).

Top five rated metered markets for last night’s game:

  • Milwaukee – 42.2/59
  • Raleigh-Durham – 36.2/54
  • Louisville – 33.5/48
  • Columbus – 29.9/44
  • Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem – 29.5/43

Additionally, NCAA March Madness Live garnered a record-setting 3.4 million live video streams for last night’s NCAA Championship game and nearly one million hours of live video consumed, also an all-time record.  Last night’s live video streams are up 66%, with the live hours of consumption up 69% over last year.  NCAA March Madness Live generated 80.7 million live video streams and 17.8 million hours of live video consumption during this year’s tournament, both all-time highs.  This year’s live video streams are up 17%, with live hours of consumption netting a 19% increase.

The NCAA Tournament grossed a record 350 million total social impressions across Facebook and Twitter for a 45% increase over 2014.

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Kentucky-Wisconsin Delivers Best Overnight Rating for National Semifinal in 22 Years as NCAA Tournament Continues Record-Setting Numbers

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaKentucky vs. Wisconsin Across TBS, TNT and truTV Garners Highest Overnight Rating for College Basketball Game in Cable Television History

NCAA Tournament to Date Nets Highest Overnight Rating in 23 Years

NCAA March Madness Live Nets Record 77 Million Live Streams Through Saturday

Turner Sports and CBS Sports’ exclusive coverage of last night’s NCAA Tournament National Semifinal between Kentucky and Wisconsin across TBS, TNT and truTV averaged a 13.3/24 overnight rating/share to deliver the highest rating for a college basketball game in the history of cable television and the highest rating for a Final Four game in 22 years (13.8/24 in 1993).  The networks’ collective coverage of Kentucky/Wisconsin peaked with a 16.4/30 overnight rating/share from 11-11:15 p.m. ET.  The game telecast is up 48% over last year, based on Nielsen metered market ratings.

The NCAA Final Four National Semifinals doubleheader – including Duke vs. Michigan State – averaged an 11.4/22 overnight rating/share to register as the highest average overnight rating for the doubleheader in 20 years (11.6/22 in 1995).  Last night’s National Semifinals are up 39% over last year.

The Duke/Michigan State telecast across TBS, TNT and truTV averaged a 9.6/20 overnight rating/share, the highest overnight rating in 10 years (10.3/19 in 2005) and a 30% increase over last year.

Overall, the NCAA Tournament coverage across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV is averaging a 7.5/15 overnight rating/share, tied as the best overnight rating in 23 years (7.7/16 in 1992).

Additionally, NCAA March Madness Live has garnered more than 77 million live video streams and 16.8 million live hours of video consumption through Saturday’s National Semifinals, both all-time records.   This year’s live streams are up 15% over last year, with live hours of video consumed up 17%.  Yesterday, NCAA March Madness Live delivered a record-setting six million live video streams and 1.5 million live hours of consumption for the National Semifinals, up 59% and 53%, respectively.

 

The NCAA Tournament has grossed a record 306 million total social impressions across Facebook and Twitter through the second Thursday for a 36% increase over 2014.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Arianna, Live +SD data stream. 3/17/15 – 4/4/15 vs. 3/18/15 – 4/5/15.   2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 averages based on weighted average of 4 telecast gross across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. Historical audiences, CBS 1991 through 2005 based on Live data. Conviva, Adobe Analytics for digital metrics. Facebook Insights and Twitter for social analytics.

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Masters Live on CBSSports.com Offers Five Channels of Coverage for 2015 Masters®

cbs-mastersMasters Live to Feature In-Progress Highlights for the First Time

NEW YORK, NY, and AUGUSTA, GA, April 2, 2015 – CBS Sports and the Masters Tournament today announced that Masters Live, featuring live full-day video coverage on CBSSports.com, will again offer five channels of golf action for the 2015 Masters Tournament. Masters Live will provide more than 125 hours of live online video, and will offer in-progress highlights for the first time, from Augusta National Golf Club throughout the week of the 2015 Masters, April 6-12.

The 2015 Masters Live line-up of five channels includes:

  •  Featured Group 1 & 2: Two separate channels will both feature live streaming coverage of selected groupings each day beginning on the 10th hole. Andrew Catalon and Billy Kratzert will serve as announcers for Featured Group 1 while Carter Blackburn and Rich Beem will serve as announcers for Featured Group 2.
  •  Amen Corner: Live streaming video of the 11th, 12th and 13th holes from Augusta National. Grant Boone and Matt Gogel will serve as the announcers for Amen Corner.
  •  15 & 16: Live streaming video of the 15th and 16th holes from Augusta National. Billy Ray Brown and Luke Elvy will provide commentary and analysis for 15 & 16.
  •  Masters On The Range: The live show originating from the Tournament Practice Area at Augusta National will be presented Monday through Sunday on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports Network. Masters On The Range will feature interviews with players and analysis of the field leading up to the start of the 2015 Masters and throughout the Tournament. Andrew Catalon, Brian Crowell, Bobby Clampett, and Billy Kratzert will provide commentary.

In addition to the five channels of live golf action, Masters Live will present the following video highlights:

  •  In-Progress and End-of-Day Highlights: Video highlights of play during the 2015 Masters Tournament, including in-progress highlights and a round recap at the end of each day.
  •  Highlights from the Par 3 Contest: First played in 1960, the Par 3 Contest has become a beloved Wednesday tradition at the Masters. The 2015 Masters Par 3 Contest will be held on Wednesday, April 8.
  •  Historical Highlights: On-demand video of memorable highlights and classic moments from past Masters Tournaments.
  •  Augusta National Aerials: On-demand video flyovers of Augusta National, allowing fans to enjoy the beauty of one of the most famous golf courses in the world.
  •  Press Room:  On-demand  highlights  of  player  interviews  conducted  in  the  Interview  Room  from  Augusta National.

Masters Live will be available free of charge at CBSSports.com and Masters.com.

The Masters, the most renowned tournament in golf, will be broadcast on CBS Sports for the 60th consecutive year, a record for the longest-running sporting event broadcast on one network. This year marks the 79th Masters Tournament, one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year.

Schedule for Masters Live Video on CBSSports.com and Masters.com in 2015

Featured Groups 1 & 2*

Thursday, April 9:  12:00 Noon – Completion of play

Friday, April 10:  12:00 Noon – Completion of play

Saturday, April 11:   12:30 PM – Completion of play

Sunday, April 12:    12:30 PM – Completion of play

Amen Corner*

Thursday, April 9:   10:45 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday, April 10:       10:45 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, April 11:   11:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Sunday, April 12:     11:45 AM – 6:00 PM

15 & 16*

Thursday, April 9:    11:45 AM – 7:00 PM

Friday, April 10:        11:45 AM – 7:00 PM

Saturday, April 11:    12:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Sunday, April 12:    12:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Masters on the Range (Also airs on CBS Sports Network)

Monday, April 6:  12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM

Tuesday, April 7:  9:00 – 11:00 AM

Wednesday, April 8:  9:00 – 11:00 AM

Thursday, April 9:  11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Friday, April 10:  11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saturday, April 11:   11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Sunday, April 12:    11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

* Start and end times are estimates and subject to change. All times eastern daylight.

Augusta National To Host World’s Best Vying For Coveted Green Jacket At 2015 Masters® on CBS

cbs-mastersCBS Sports Broadcasts Masters® For 60th Consecutive Year

The Masters® Is the Longest-Running Sporting Event Broadcast on One Network

The Masters®, the most renowned tournament in golf, will be broadcast on CBS for the 60th consecutive year from the majestic setting of Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.  This year marks the 79th Masters Tournament, one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year.  Last year, Bubba Watson won his second Masters in three years.

CBS Sports will bring viewers all the color, artistry and drama inherent to the world’s most prestigious golf tournament and first major of the year with live third-round coverage of the Masters on Saturday, April 11 (3:00-7:00 PM, ET). Final-round 18-hole coverage is scheduled for Sunday, April 12 (2:00-7:00 PM, ET).  Highlights of early-round play will be presented by CBS Sports on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10 (11:35-11:50 PM, ET; both nights).

For the 30th consecutive year, Jim Nantz will cover the Masters for CBS (his 28th year as host).  He also handles coverage of the Highlight Shows, originating from Butler Cabin on the grounds of Augusta National. Three-time Masters champion Sir Nick Faldo joins Nantz in the 18th hole tower as lead analyst. Ian Baker-Finch will describe the action at the 17th hole; Verne Lundquist, the 16th hole; David Feherty, the 15th hole and Highlight Shows;  Bill Macatee,  the 14th hole; Peter Kostis,  the 13th hole; and Frank Nobilo will tell the story at the 11th and 12th  holes.   Andrew Catalon, Brian Crowell, Bobby Clampett and Billy Kratzert  call the live video streaming action forMasters On The Range; Grant Boone and Matt Gogel for Amen Corner;  Billy Ray Brown and Luke Elvy for 15 & 16;   Catalon and Kratzert for Featured Group1 and Carter Blackburn and Rich Beem for Featured Group 2.

Augusta National, home of the Masters since its inception in 1934, is the unrivaled host to the world’s greatest players and the most memorable moments in golf.  Watson returns to Augusta to lead the tournament field of invitees, which is considered America’s most prestigious gathering of professional and amateur golfers. The 2015 tournament field of invitees includes past Masters champions:  Watson, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Angel Cabrera, Vijay Singh, Mike Weir, Jose Maria Olazabal, Mark O’Meara, Trevor Immelman, Larry Mize, Ben Crenshaw, Fred Couples, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson,  Zach Johnson, Bernhard Langer,  Ian Woosnam  and Sandy Lyle; other U.S. players:   Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker.  International stars include Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell,  Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Camilo Villegas, Padraig  Harrington, Tim Clark, Martin Kaymer, Darren Clarke and Louis Oosthuizen.  (*For the complete 2015 Masters Tournament invitees log onto Masters.com)

CBS Sports’ coverage of the Masters will be produced by Lance Barrow, coordinating producer of CBS golf, along with David Winner, and directed by Steve Milton and Bob Matina. Jim Rikhoff and Chris Svendsen will serve as replay producers.  Bob Mansbach will produce the late night highlight shows and Andy Goldberg will direct.  Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Senior Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.  David Berson is President, CBS Sports.

Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports.

 

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER:  @CBSSportsGang and @GOLFonCBS

 

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Turner Sports and CBS Sports Announce Coverage Plans for 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaTBS to Present NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 4

CBS to Broadcast National Championship Game on Monday, April 6

TNT & truTV to Feature “Team Stream Presented by Bleacher Report”

Team Specific Coverage for National Semifinal Games

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will provide exclusive coverage of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship from Indianapolis with Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin competing for the national championship.  TBS will televise the NCAA Final Four National Semifinal games on Saturday, April 4, with game coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET.  The network will feature three hours of pre-game coverage beginning at 3 p.m. CBS will broadcast the National Championship on Monday, April 6, with pre-game coverage starting at 8:30 p.m. and the game tipping off at 9:18 p.m.

Saturday’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals will feature Duke against Michigan State at 6:09 p.m. on TBS.  Kentucky against Wisconsin will follow 40 minutes after the completion of the Duke/Michigan State game. Jim Nantz will call the action with analysts Grant Hill and Bill Raftery with reporter Tracy Wolfson.  Nantz will be calling his 25th Final Four and National Championship, with Hill and Raftery working the marquee event for the first time this year.

Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from the Final Four and National Championship with analysts Charles BarkleyClark Kellogg and Kenny Smith – joined by Greg Gumbel and analysts Reggie MillerSeth DavisSteve Smith and college coaches.

In addition to TBS’ Final Four National Semifinal game coverage, TNT and truTV will feature “Team Stream Presented by Bleacher Report” or team-specific presentations tailored to the schools participating in each game. The inventive concept will continue to present the game with unprecedented local flavor including comprehensive team and player storylines, custom graphics, music, graphics and show packaging, additional cameras and team-centric replays, custom halftimes with school features and more.

Accompanying the live television coverage, NCAA March Madness Live will once again provide live streaming of the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals — including the Team Stream presentations — and the National Championship Game.

Team Stream commentator teams include:

“Duke Team Stream” on TNT at 6 p.m.

Tom Werme, play-by-play – Werme is a 20-year broadcasting veteran who has hosted the ACC Blitz and has provided commentary for the ACC Network, ACC Digital Network and Raycom Sports, among others.

Alaa Abdelnaby, analyst – Abdelnaby is a former Duke standout that played for the Blue Devils from 1996-2000 and was All-ACC third team during his senior year.  He is currently a CBS Sports Network studio analyst and commentator for Westwood One.

Chris Spatola, reporter – Spatola is a former director of basketball operations at Duke and current CBS Sports Network commentator.  He is also the son-in-law of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“Michigan State Team Stream” on truTV at 6 p.m.

Brian Anderson, play-by-play – Anderson is a veteran and versatile Turner Sports commentator who has done play-by-play for leading properties such as the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, NBA on TNT and MLB Postseason on TBS, among others.  He has also previously called games for the Big Ten Network.

Mateen Cleaves, analyst – A former Michigan State legend, Cleaves led the Spartans to an NCAA Championship in 2000 and was names the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.  Cleaves is the only three-time All-American is school history and was named Big Ten Player of the Year twice.  Currently a studio analyst for CBS Sports Network, Cleaves’ Michigan State jersey was retired in 2007.

Shireen Saski, reporter – a Michigan State alum, Saski is currently a CBS Sports Network reporter and has previously worked for the Big Ten Network.  The veteran broadcaster has also been the recipient of three Michigan Emmy Awards, then working for Fox Sports Detroit.

“Kentucky Team Stream” on TNT (following first game)

Dave Baker, play-by-play – Baker is a long-time sports broadcaster at WKYT in Lexington and television play-by-play commentator for UK/IMG’s University of Kentucky basketball coverage.  He has spent more than two decades being involved with broadcasting events surrounding the Southeastern Conference.

Rex Chapman, analyst – A former Kentucky star, Chapman was a two-time All-SEC player who helped lead the team to an SEC Championship and run to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 during his sophomore year.  Chapman amassed more than 1,000 points in only two years at Kentucky, which was followed by a 12-year NBA career.

Michael Eaves, reporter – a Kentucky alum, Eaves has previously covered University of Kentucky basketball extensively as a sports anchor, reporter and producer at WKYT in Lexington.  He is currently an anchor and reporter for Al Jazeera America.

“Wisconsin Team Stream” on truTV (following first game)

Wayne Larrivee, play-by-play – Larrivee is the radio play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Packers on the Packers Radio Network and has called college basketball for the Big Ten Network.  He has also provided play-by-play for Westwood One during the NCAA Tournament.

Mike Kelley, analyst – A former Wisconsin standout, Kelley helped guide the team to the Final Four in 2000 and, during his collegiate career, he helped lead the team to its best four-season win total in school history.  Kelley was inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Phil Dawson, reporter – Dawson is host of the Badger Radio Network, as well as a talk show host in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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CBS Sports and Turner Sports Announce Tip Times and Commentator Teams for Regional Semifinals

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaExclusive Coverage Continues with Regional Semifinals on

Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27

Turner Sports and CBS Sports announce tip times, match-ups and commentator teams for its exclusive coverage of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinals on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, beginning at 7 p.m. 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/Bill Raftery/Grant Hill//Tracy Wolfson

Marv Albert/Chris Webber/Len Elmore//Lewis Johnson

Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce

Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//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 with Doug Gottlieb contributing.  Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from Turner Studios in Atlanta with analysts Steve Smith, Seth Davis and guest analyst and current Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter. 

This year’s Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 4, will be televised on TBS along with team-specific telecasts airing on TNT and truTV.  The National Championship Game on Monday, April 6, will air on CBS.

Regional Semifinals – Thursday, March 26

(Beginning at 7 p.m. ET)

 

Tip Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
7:15 p.m. CBS Cleveland I Notre Dame vs. Wichita State Marv Albert/Chris Webber/Len Elmore//Lewis Johnson
7:47 p.m. TBS Los Angeles I North Carolina vs. Wisconsin/Oregon Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Rachel Nichols
After Conc. I CBS Cleveland II Kentucky vs. West Virginia/Maryland Albert/Webber/Elmore//Johnson
After Conc. I TBS Los Angeles II Arizona vs. Xavier Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Nichols
Regional Semifinals – Friday, March 27

(Beginning at 7 p.m. ET)

Tip Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
7:15 p.m. CBS Houston I Gonzaga vs. UCLA Jim Nantz/Bill Raftery/Grant Hill//Tracy Wolfson
7:37 p.m. TBS Syracuse I Louisville/Northern Iowa vs. N.C. State Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce
After Conc. I CBS Houston II Duke vs. Utah Nantz/Raftery/Hill//Wolfson
After Conc. I TBS Syracuse II Michigan State vs. Oklahoma Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce

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

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CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ Exclusive Coverage of the 2015 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Tips Off March 17

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

Turner Sports and CBS Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off with the NCAA First Four™ on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual on Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18 (6 p.m. ET; both days). Second round game coverage will begin Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20 (Noon-Midnight; both days) with all 67 games available live in their entirety across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – and via NCAA March Madness Live. Additionally, truTV will televise a one-hour pregame show Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m.

Following are the tip times and commentator assignments for the first and 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 4, will be televised on TBS along with “TeamCasts” or team-specific telecasts airing on TNT and truTV.  The National Championship Game on Monday, April 6, will air on CBS.

First Round Games

Tuesday, March 17

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton I Manhattan vs. Hampton Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Lewis Johnson
After conc. I truTV Dayton II BYU vs. Ole Miss Anderson/Smith//Johnson
 

First Round Games

Wednesday, March 18

6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton I North Florida vs.

Robert Morris

Ian Eagle/Doug Gottlieb//Evan Washburn
After conc. I truTV Dayton II Boise St. vs. Dayton Eagle/Gottlieb//Washburn

Second Round Games
Thursday Afternoon, March 19 (Noon- 6 p.m. ET)

 

Tip (ET)

 

Network

 

Site

 

Game

 

Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

 

12:15 p.m. CBS Pittsburgh I Notre Dame vs. Northeastern Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Lewis Johnson
12:40 p.m. truTV Louisville I Iowa State vs. UAB Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce
1:40 p.m. TBS Jacksonville I Baylor vs. Georgia State Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas//Jamie Erdahl
2:10 p.m. TNT Portland I Arizona vs. Texas Southern Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Rachel Nichols
After conc. I CBS Pittsburgh II Butler vs. Texas Anderson/Smith//Johnson
After conc. I truTV Louisville II SMU vs. UCLA Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce
After conc. I TBS Jacksonville II Xavier vs. BYU/Ole Miss Catalon/Lappas//Erdahl
After conc. I TNT Portland II VCU vs. Ohio State Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Nichols
 

Second Round Games

Thursday Evening, March 19 (6:30 p.m. ET-Midnight)

(Announce Teams Same as Day Games)

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:50 p.m. TBS Pittsburgh III Villanova vs. Lafayette Anderson/Smith//Johnson
7:10 p.m. CBS Louisville III Cincinnati vs. Purdue Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce
7:20 p.m. TNT Jacksonville III North Carolina vs. Harvard Catalon/Lappas//Erdahl
7:27 p.m. truTV Portland III Utah vs. Stephen F. Austin Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Nichols
After conc. III TBS Pittsburgh IV N.C. State vs. LSU Anderson/Smith//Johnson
After conc. III CBS Louisville IV Kentucky vs. Hampton/Manhattan Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce
After conc. III TNT Jacksonville IV Arkansas vs. Wofford Catalon/Lappas//Erdahl
After conc. III truTV Portland IV Georgetown vs.

Eastern Washington

Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Nichols
 

Second Round Games

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

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
12:15 p.m. CBS Omaha I Kansas vs. New Mexico St Marv Albert/Chris Webber/Len Elmore//Craig Sager
12:40 p.m. truTV Charlotte I Michigan State vs. Georgia Jim Nantz/Bill Raftery/Grant Hill//Tracy Wolfson
1:40 p.m. TBS Seattle I Northern Iowa vs. Wyoming Spero Dedes/Mike Gminski//Jaime Maggio
2:10 p.m. TNT Columbus I West Virginia vs. Buffalo Ian Eagle/Doug Gottlieb//Evan Washburn
After conc. I CBS Omaha II Wichita State vs. Indiana Albert/Webber/Elmore//Sager
After conc. I truTV Charlotte II Virginia vs. Belmont Nantz/Raftery/Hill//Wolfson
After conc. I TBS Seattle II Louisville vs. UC Irvine Dedes/Gminski//Maggio
After conc. I TNT Columbus II Maryland vs. Valparaiso Eagle/Gottlieb//Washburn
 

Second Round Games

Friday 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
6:50 p.m. TBS Omaha III Oregon vs. Oklahoma St. Albert/Webber/Elmore//Sager
7:10 p.m. CBS Charlotte III Duke vs. North Florida vs. Robert Morris Nantz/Raftery/Hill//Wolfson
7:20 p.m. TNT Seattle III Iowa vs. Davidson Dedes/Gminski//Maggio
7:27 p.m. truTV Columbus III Oklahoma vs. Albany Eagle/Gottlieb//Washburn
After conc. III TBS Omaha IV Wisconsin vs. Coastal Carolina Albert/Webber/Elmore//Sager
After conc. III CBS Charlotte IV San Diego State vs.

St. John’s

Nantz/Raftery/Hill//Wolfson
After conc. III TNT Seattle IV Gonzaga vs.

North Dakota St.

Dedes/Gminski//Maggio
After conc. III truTV Columbus IV Providence vs. Boise State/Dayton Eagle/Gottlieb//Washburn

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

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CBS Sports and Turner Sports Announce 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Commentator Team

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaGrant Hill & Bill Raftery Join Jim Nantz & Tracy Wolfson

to Call Final Four and National Championship

Chris Webber, Steve Lappas and Steve Smith Added as Game Analysts

Mateen Cleaves Joins March Madness Studio Team

Turner Sports and CBS Sports will feature a collection of marquee commentators for its fifth consecutive year of combined coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.  CBS Sports and Turner Sports will once again provide live, full national coverage of all 67 tournament games across four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – as well as NCAA March Madness Live, beginning Tuesday, March 17, with the NCAA First Four on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual.

This year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals from Indianapolis will be televised Saturday, April 4, on TBS with team-specific “TeamCast” coverage available via TNT and truTV.  The National Championship will air Monday, April 6, on CBS.

The networks’ commentator lineup includes several new roles for this year’s coverage:

  • Bill Raftery and Grant Hill will provide game analysis with play-by-play commentator Jim Nantz and reporter Tracy Wolfson throughout the NCAA Tournament, including their first time calling the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals and National Championship on television.
  • Chris Webber, Steve Lappas and Steve Smith will contribute to the networks’ tournament coverage as game analysts for the first time this year.  Webber will join play-by-play commentator Marv Albert, analyst Len Elmore and reporter Craig Sager during the first two weeks of the tournament.  Lappas will team with Andrew Catalon and reporter Jamie Erdahl, while Smith will pair with play-by-play commentator Brian Anderson and reporter Lewis Johnson throughout the first week of the tournament.
  • Mateen Cleaves will be a studio analyst, joined by host Matt Winer and analyst Seth Davis from Turner Studios in Atlanta.

Ernie Johnson will once again host studio coverage from the Final Four and National Championship with analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith. They will be joined by Greg Gumbel with analysts Reggie Miller, Seth Davis, Steve Smith and college coaches.

Gumbel and Johnson will host studio coverage from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York during the first full week of the tournament, with Johnson hosting studio coverage from Atlanta during the second week of tournament action.  Steve Smith will also join the studio team in Atlanta following the opening week while Doug Gottlieb joins studio coverage from New York.

Following is the complete list of announcer pairings:

Play-by-Play / Analyst // Reporter

* Regional Weekend Announce Teams

Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson*

Marv Albert / Chris Webber / Len Elmore // Craig Sager*

Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce*

Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Rachel Nichols*

Ian Eagle / Doug Gottlieb // Evan Washburn

Brian Anderson / Steve Smith // Lewis Johnson

Spero Dedes / Mike Gminski // Jaime Maggio

Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Jamie Erdahl

The tournament will tip off Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18, with the NCAA First Four on truTV presented by Northwestern MutualBrian Anderson will call Tuesday’s games with analyst Steve Smith and reporter Lewis JohnsonIan Eagle will handle play-by-play on Wednesday alongside analyst Gottlieb and reporter Evan Washburn.  Studio coverage for the First Four will originate from Atlanta with Winer and analysts Davis, Cleaves and Wally Szczerbiak.

Accompanying the live television presentation, NCAA March Madness Live will once again be the ultimate digital destination for direct access to all 67 games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

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