CBS, Turner announce broadcast teams for the NCAA tournament
Here's what to know regarding who is calling the games, who will be in the studio, and what broadcast teams you should be aware of for the 76th NCAA tourney.
You know the NCAA tournament is practically around the corner when we're getting news on who will be calling what games for the big event.
On Tuesday morning CBS Sports and Turner Sports announced the on-air talent for the tourney. There are some changes this season compared to recent years. For starters, the Final Four will not air exclusively on CBS for the first time in decades. The national semifinals on Saturday, April 5, will be broadcast on TBS.
The national title game will air on CBS on Monday, April 7.
Greg Anthony will replace Clark Kellogg alongside Jim Nantz and Steve Kerr, as and the three will comprise the No. 1 broadcast team for CBS/Turner at the Final Four. Kerr will work alongside Marv Albert for the first two weekends before sidling up with Nantz and Anthony for the final three games of the 2013-14 season. Tracy Wolfson will again be the sideline reporter at the Final Four and national title game. Turner's Ernie Johnson will lead hosting duties at the Final Four for the first time, and he'll be joined on set by Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith.
Greg Gumbel will host studio duty from New York City and Matt Winer will host from Atlanta for the first two weekends. They will be joined by Reggie Miller, Seth Davis, Grant Hill, Doug Gottlieb, Grant Hill and college coaches to be determined later.
Gottlieb, who of course contributes here on CBSSports.com from time to time, will work at games the first weekend and then head to the studio for the regionals.
All NCAA tournament games will be broadcast on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, as they have for the past three seasons. And every game will be streamed free and live on the Internet via NCAA March Madness Live.
As for the broadcast pairings/teams, they're detailed below. goes play-by-play/color commentator(s)/sideline reporter. The locations/specific games these broadcast teams will be at will be announced a few hours after the NCAA tournament bracket is released on Selection Sunday, March 16.
The top four teams will also work from second-weekend sites.
Jim Nantz / Greg Anthony / Tracy Wolfson
Marv Albert / Steve Kerr / Craig Sager
Verne Lundquist / Bill Raftery / Allie LaForce
Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Len Elmore / Rachel Nichols
Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel / Lewis Johnson
Brian Anderson / Dan Bonner / Kristine Leahy
Spero Dedes / Doug Gottlieb / Jaime Maggio
Andrew Catalon / Mike Gminski / Otis Livingston
The 76th NCAA tournament begins Tuesday, March 18. The First Four will air on truTV.
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