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For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 12:55 pm
 
Posted by Matt Jones

For the first time in its history, all of the NCAA Tournament's games will be available live on either network or cable television, without viewers having to purchase a Pay-per-view package. As part of an announcement released on Wednesday by CBS and Turner, this year's NCAA Tournament will have all of its games on either CBS, TBS, TNT or TruTV, allowing fans to toggle back and forth between every game on a regular cable television package.

The new agreement will see the first four games of the tournament on TruTV on March 15th and 16th. Then, as the field gets to the normal stage of 64, the regular "first four days of the NCAA" will be all over each of the networks, with wall to wall basketball from noon to midnight on both Thursday, March 17th and Friday, March 18th. Every game of the first two days will be on either CBS, TBS, TNT or TruTv live and viewers will have the option to watch the game of their choice. The same will occur during the second round and the Sweet 16, when each of the games will be shown live on one of the four networks. In addition, there will be some extra time slots of games created as the West Coast afternoon game of the first two rounds (usually tipping off around 5 pm) will be available, as will a new Sunday night slot in the second round at 7:30 pm, a game that previously was never offered. 

As a college basketball fan, the news is extremely exciting. A person with a decent cable package can, for the first time, sit and watch each game at home live on his television set, without having to purchase a television pay per view package. In addition, the games will all have staggered start times, which will allow a viewer to catch the end of every game on the various channels. It is the case that for the first time in a long time, some of the Tournament's second weekend games will end up on cable as half the Sweet 16 games will be shown on TBS. However when the other choice is to have a game outside of your area not shown at all, this strikes me as a much preferable option.

Then of course, there is the Charles Barkley factor. As part of the new partnership with Turner, Barkley, Kenny Smith, Reggie Miller and others will be part of CBS and Turner coverage of the Tournament for the first time in its history. The influx of personalities will make the games much more marketable and the Barkley factor alone will drive ratings and interest. The NCAA Tournament has needed a personality to be its Lee Corso for some time and Barkley without question will give that level of excitement and likely much more.

The complete schedule can be seen at this link and will be of interest if you are a detail person. But if you are simply a college basketball fan, excited about the best sporting event of the year, it can be summed up this way. Every game from every region will be available for you to watch, for free. You can't beat that. 
Category: NCAAB
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Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:12 am
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

http://www.TruTv.com

create an account (free)

Watch on TV and your computer at the same time.



Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:31 am
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

Perhaps it's time to join the rest of us in the new century. The NCAA finally got this one right, Debbie Downer.



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:06 am
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

Great.  Now even my local team is not guaranteed to be on broadcast television.  For 30-40 years television stations made their money through advertising.  Watching limited commercials was the price you paid to be able to watch your team play a game.  I don't watch enough TV to warrant a 40, 60, 100, or 120 dollar or more cable subscription, nor can I really afford it.  I understand why people who are already paying for cable love this, but the people without cable may have just had their home team's tournament games taken away from them.  Not only do we have to watch more and more and more and more commercials year after year after year, now I guess it's inevitable that I'll have to pay extra for it. 



Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2011 8:43 am
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

This has made my day.  It was absulutely painful in previous years to watch a four minute commercial in a bad game when 3 other good games were not televised.  One channel with one game when during the seaon there was often 4 or 5 to choose from. A tribute to how ridiculous these agreements are - let us watch some basketball!  This was at the top just above NFL Network robbing me of thurs. and sat. games.  I can't wait to constantly flick channels for 12 hours straight! Yeah baby!



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 8:33 am
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

ebonyrod2....I see the others have already corrected you're poor math skills, or you're lack of knowledge of the amount of Division 1 schools in the NCAA. You are certainly entitled to you're opinion, but I cant see how you would think that eliminating all of those at large bids would make it more "challenging". Isnt it more challenging to have to win at least 6 games, instead of 3 or 4?

Another thing you said baffles me as well. For Football, you said you are "not a fan of the BCS system" (I dont know anyone that is). And that you think "there is no need for a playoff system". Well, how do you want them to decide the National Championship? Do you want them to flip a coin, or draw straws, or what?

I can only agree with 2 things you said in that post.

1) I am also glad that there are not 96 teams in the dance. That would be a little much.

2) "ONE MANS OPINION".....you hit the nail on head there. I am quite sure nobody else here will share those opinions with you.






Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:05 am
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! I AM SO EXCITED THAT I AM YELL TYPING RIGHT NOW.  The tourny is the best event of the year (first two weeks are anyway) and I am so happy to have all of the channels for the games! Go UNLV



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:02 am
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

Tell me when MMOD goes on the iPhone. Then I'll be excited. Otherwise, school will interfere with most of the games for me.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:27 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

2008 was the only time all 4 #1 seeds made it to the final 4. Kansas, N Carolina, UCLA & Memphis. Memphis'  season was vacated due to the use of an ineligible player by the NCAA>



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:17 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

Trutv is 246 in N. CalLaughing



Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 9:40 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

and for a really deep sleeper, Belmont.  They are a very athletic team, and while I don't think they will get to the Final Four, I expect them to get one or two wins, and they have the kind of team that could get on a roll and surprise a lot of people.

Nice call.  Good to hear a shout out for Belmont.


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