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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: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 8:10 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv




Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:05 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

Wowser... who's the Idiot now.. All 4 no 1 seeds have made it to the final four.. ummm. ONCE. IN fact, More than one #1 seed in final four occurs less than 60% of the time.... when it does, it's only 2 of the 4. So, I invite you to get off your high horse, and post your picks this year for everyone to see, so we can see who the real Idiot is.

You keep picking 4 no 1's to make it to the final four, and see how many points you rack up. Just for your information only, a double digit seed has won a championship only a couple of times.. so when you look at your final four, there should be only single digit seeds.. that happens 98 % of the time.

For more bracketology, read Andy Katz. He has a knack for picking the upsets (13 vs 4, 12 vs 5).

All the best.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:38 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

"I can not see, for the life of me, why someone can get so excited with over half the NCAA basketball teams being able to compete in a tournament to decide the national champion"

Let's' see:  There are 345 Division 1 Basketball teams and 68 of them make the Tourney.  I get where each man is entitled to his own opinion, but I don't think each man is entitled to his own math, so you might want to recalculate because 68 is nowhere near HALF of 345.  It is actually about 20% of the teams that make the tourney, so the regular season does mean a whole lot. 

Now back to opinions...mine is that March Madness is the best time of the sports year!



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:37 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

Finally!!!  I can actually watch the game I want to see and not what the local CBS affiliate thinks I should watch.  I also hope they do away w/ switching the games and the live look ins.  I missed half of my team's game last year because they felt the need to show the last minute of a game that had a 7 point difference.  This is the best news I've heard all year!!!



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:33 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

WOW must not being doing the math. There are 345 division 1 schools so 20% make the tourney. That is not over half. There will be only about 12 teams top that can actually win the thing but it is fun watching them try.




Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:25 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

all four 1 seeds made it to the final 4 a few years back idiot...



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:28 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

I can not see, for the life of me, why someone can get so excited with over half the NCAA basketball teams being able to compete in a tournament to decide the national champion. A tournament should show case the top echelon of the NCAA, not every team that have a 16-12 record should not even be invited to play in a tournament. This is the case though and they tried to increase the number or participants to 96 teams this so you could get into the march madness with a 12-16 record, reason being is that your team beat Poduck U by 12 points and Poduck U was rated #40 at one time.

This is one reason I am no longer as high on college basketball as I once was because the tournament should be limited to conference champs and runner-ups and perhaps about 5 at-large teams with outstanding records. This would make the tournament more challenging and make the regular season mean something. I am speaking of the small basketball conferences also so they might have a shot at the national title. This formula would provide enough teams so as the tournament would be complete in about 1-2 weeks  3 on the outside with the final four over a weekend.

I just hope college football will see the folly of the basketball tournament and not take this route as lot of so called football sport fans would want. I am not a fan of the BCS system, but there is no need for a playoff system in college football.

So there will be in excess of 68 basketball games on TV for the NCAA tournament, WOW.

“ONE MAN’S OPINION” 




Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:22 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

Awesome news! Its about time. Back in 1979 most of the games were shownon ESPN either live or tape delay 24x7!! Any of you folks who don't have a Big East team in you rfinal 4 are screwed. Remember you will never see all f top seeds make it to the final 4 either!!!!



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:21 pm
 

For First Time Ever, all of March Madness on tv

TruTV used to be called Court TV.  I have it with Comcast here in KC. I just looked up the DC lineup, it says it is channel 79.



Thanks, misterbrain. Much appreciated. Five'd.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:10 pm
 

What about an iPhone app?

This is great news. Now I want to know if there will be an iPhone app that will allow me to watch the games on my iPhone?



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