Posted by Royce Young
March Madness is already amazing. It's pretty much the most perfect sporting event each year. College basketball itself has its issues (this is not the time to debate the NBA v. NCAA), but the tournament is what we all wait for. And of course it culminates with the Final Four, the mecca of college hoops.
And with the NCAA's expansion of the tournament, CBS has teamed with TNT to broadcast every game nationally. Good news for us. And more good news? The TNT guys will be part of it all. Yep, that means Marv Albert, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley will all be chipping in to the NCAA tournament coverage.
President of CBS Sports Sean McManus and Turner Sports marketing executive David Levy held a press conference announcing all the changes Tuesday and Sports Business Daily was there. Asked how the Turner talent will be used McManus said, "The more we can use of Charles [Barkley], the better." Levy also said Turner is interested in expanding its coverage to regular season college basketball and football, if it makes "financial sense."
So get excited to hear Barkley talk about Kyle Singler, Harrison Barnes and probably a lot about Auburn. There's no doubt it will be good because you could have Kenny and Chuck sit behind a table and talk about their favorite 16th century poets and it would be good television.
Now if they can just put Gus Johnson, Kenny and Chuck together for a broadcast? Well, then I think all my wildest dreams will have come true.