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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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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Turner Sports & CBS Sports Announce 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Telecast Schedule

 cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaa

TBS to Air Final Four® for First Time;

Network’s Live On-Site Pregame Coverage Extended to Three Hours

CBS Sports’ Broadcast of National Championship to Include Extended Pre-Game Show

at 8:30 p.m. ET; Game to Tip-Off at 9:10 p.m.

TNT & truTV to Present “Teamcasts” of Final Four National Semifinals Games

CBS and TBS to Split Coverage of Regional Finals

For the fourth consecutive year, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.  The 2014 schedule will feature several changes to the networks’ collective coverage, highlighted by innovative enhancements to the Final Four® and National Championship.

CBS will broadcast the National Championship game for the 33rd consecutive year on Monday, April 7, from AT&T Stadium in North Texas.  For the first time, the coverage will include an extended pre-game show, Capital One Championship Central, from 8:30-9 p.m. ET. The National Championship game will tip off earlier this year, with the game scheduled to start at 9:10 p.m.

TBS will exclusively televise the 2014 NCAA Final Four on Saturday, April 5, with live game action beginning at 6 p.m. from AT&T Stadium in North Texas, marking the first time in the event’s history the National Semifinal games will be televised on a cable network.

Additionally, Turner Sports and CBS will showcase for the first time Final Four games live across three networks – TBS, TNT and truTV. The NCAA Final Four “Teamcast,” will feature team-specific telecasts that will air live on TNT and truTV.  The “Teamcast” productions will be tailored specifically to the teams competing to provide fans with a variety of viewing options for this year’s marquee event.

Live on-site Final Four studio coverage airing on TBS has been expanded an hour earlier with Road to the Final Four airing Saturday, April 5, from 3-4 p.m., followed by the Final Four Show from 4-6 p.m.  The telecasts of the two National Semifinal games begin at 6 p.m. on TBS.

Coverage of the Regional Finals games this year will be split by CBS and TBS, with TBS airing the games on Saturday, March 29, beginning at 6 p.m. and CBS airing the games on Sunday, March 30, starting at 2 p.m.

The 2014 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off in primetime with the NCAA First Four™ on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual on Tuesday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 19, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. both nights.

Additional highlights include (complete telecast schedule attached):

·         CBS will broadcast 22 games throughout the tournament including the National Championship, Elite 8®, Sweet 16® and second and third rounds.

·         Turner will air 47 game telecasts across its three networks (TBS, TNT and truTV).

·         TBS will televise 20 contests including the Final Four, Elite 8, Sweet 16 and games in the second and third rounds.

·         truTV, including the First Four™, will air a total of 14 games also spanning the second and third rounds, along with the Final Four teamcast.

·         TNT will televise 13 games including second and third round match ups, along with the Final Four teamcast.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will again present integrated game and studio productions across the four networks with pregame, halftime, bridge and post-game shows from studios in New York City and Atlanta. Studio shows include The Road to the Final Four® and Infiniti NCAA Tip-Off pre-game shows, AT&T at the Half, Capital One Tournament Central and the Inside March Madness® presented by Buick post-game show.

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

NCAA, March Madness, Elite 8, Sweet 16, First Four, Final Four and Road to the Final Four are trademarks owned or licensed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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CBS Sports Earns Second Highest Viewer Average For AFC Championship Game In 32 Years With 51.3 Million

cbs-1Household Rating is Second Highest for AFC Championship Game in 17 Years with 28.1/51

CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2014 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP game featuring the  Denver Broncos defeating the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 19 (3:06-6:08 PM, ET) averaged 51.3 million viewers (Persons 2+), which is the second-highest viewer average for the AFC Championship game in 32 years, according to Nielsen fast national ratings. (1/10/82; 51.6 million viewers; Cincinnati-San Diego; NBC).

The 51.3 million viewers for the 2014 AFC Championship game is up 22% from the early-game window last year (42.0 million; San Francisco-Atlanta), and up 8% from last year’s 47.7 million for Baltimore-New England, which aired in the late window. The 51.3 million is behind only the New York Jets-Pittsburgh AFC Championship game (1/23/11; 54.9 million; CBS).

The AFC CHAMPIONSHIP game earned a fast-national live + same-day average household rating/share of 28.1/51, which is the second highest rating for the AFC Championship game in 17 years (1/12/97; 28.5/47; Jacksonville-New England; NBC).  The 28.1/51 is behind only the New York Jets-Pittsburgh game (1/23/11; 28.3/43; CBS).

The 28.1/51 is up 16 % from the early-game window last year (24.2/45; San Francisco-Atlanta), and up 10% from last year’s 25.5/39 for Baltimore-New England, which aired in the late window).

The AFC CHAMPIONSHIP game HH rating/share peaked at a 31.5/54 with an average of 59.1 million viewers from 5:30-6:00 PM, ET.

 

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“NFL ON CBS” AFC Wildcard Playoff Game Scores Highest Rating In 19 Years

NFL-CBSTHE NFL ON CBS’s broadcast of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game featuring the San Diego Chargers win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Jan. 5 (1:00-4:15 PM, ET) scored an average overnight household rating/share of 20.3/38 which is the highest rating in 19 years for an early Sunday AFC Wild Card game in the metered markets (21.9/47; New England-Cleveland;  1/1/95; NBC).

Yesterday’s 20.3/38 overnight rating for the Chargers-Bengals game is up 3% from last year’s 19.7/39 (Indianapolis-Baltimore; 1:00-4:15 PM, ET).

The game rating peaked with a 23.7/41 from 4:00-4:15 PM, ET.

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