What You Can Expect From This Year’s March Madness Coverage
This year’s March Madness experience will be quite different from those of old. It seems the NCAA, while making all kinds of missteps along the way, has heeded a few of the main complaints given by college basketball fans about the way they cover the tournament.
For starters, there are more teams (at 68) than the usual 65 which start the tournament. However, even with a larger number to work with, there were still quite a few perceived snubs—in fact, a few people are asking why the number can’t be even higher. Also, every single game will be televised for the first time ever—this will be quite a sportscasting feat.
Due to a partnership between CBS and Turner Broadcasting Network, games will be shown on CBS, TBS, TNT, and Tru TV(yes, the same Tru Tv that is home to shows like Forensic Files and Operation Repo). This means basketball enthusiasts don’t have to wait for the folks at CBS to switch coverage to a more exciting game. All of the games will be shown and scheduled such that you shouldn’t have to miss much of one to catch the other.
Former NBA players (and current commentators) Steve Kerr, Kenny “The Jet” Smith, and Sir Charles Barkley will also be joining the March Madness fun, with Kerr handling regional action as well as Final Four game-calling while Barkley and Smith will appear in the studio shows for CBS. Expect the Round Mound of Rebound to deliver some laughs as well as his requisite did-he-really-just-say-that moments—the coverage should be better for it.
Do you think there will be more bracket talk and games of HORSE featuring President Obama this time around as well? Regardless of who calls the game or talks about it during halftime, we want to see these guys leave it all on the court. With high-profile talent like UConn‘s Kemba Walker and BYU‘s Jimmer Fredette, we should see a few epic showdowns before all’s said and done. We just hope the tourney isn’t plagued by bad calls.
So get your beer and pretzels, and tune in to this year’s March Madness tournament. Tip-off for the first game of the tournament, North Carolina-Asheville vs. University of Arkansas-Little Rock, starts today at 5:30 pm EST on Tru TV.