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NCAA First Four and First Round Broadcast Schedule

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CBS presented the NCAA Tournament field every year since 1982, but this year’s selection show was broadcast by TBS. Judging from the early feedback, it wasn’t received very well by viewers last night.

The two-hour show began with technical trouble as the audio/video was not synced properly, but much of the audience also didn’t enjoy the way the teams were announced. TBS first released which schools would be in the tournament, but waited to show the bracket and matchups. Teams were also announced alphabetically, which decreased the drama since schools new early on whether or not they made the tournament

Following the show, CBS Sports and Turner Sports announced the start times and broadcast teams for the first 36 games of the tournament. The broadcast schedule for the First Four and First Round of the tournament are listed below via NCAA.com.

The most notable difference in the early rounds from recent years is having no Verne Lundquist during the tournament. Lundquist, who retired from college football last year, announced last week he would be stepping down from calling March Madness games as well. The 77-year old Lundquist had back surgery in November, making the daily grind and travel required during the NCAA Tournament difficult. Brad Nessler will replace Lundquist, calling the first two rounds of the tournament, with Ian Eagle taking additional games, broadcasting through the regional finals.

NCAA First Four – Tuesday, March 13
TIP (ET) NETWORK SITE GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton I (16) LIU Brooklyn vs. (16) Radford Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore // Ros Gold-Onwude
After conc. I truTV Dayton II (11) St. Bonaventure vs. (11) UCLA Dedes / Smith / Elmore // Gold-Onwude
 
TIP (ET) NETWORK SITE GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton I (16) N.C. Central vs. (16) Texas Southern Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce
After conc. I truTV Dayton II (11) Arizona St. vs. (11) Syracuse Eagle / Spanarkel // LaForce
 
TIP (ET) NETWORK SITE GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
12:15 p.m. CBS Pittsburgh I (10) Oklahoma vs. (7) Rhode Island Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
12:40 p.m. truTV Dallas I (14) Wright St. vs. (3) Tennessee Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore // Ros Gold-Onwude
1:30 p.m. TNT Boise I (13) UNCG vs. (4) Gonzaga Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Lisa Byington
2 p.m. TBS Wichita I (16) Penn vs. (1) Kansas Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin // Evan Washburn
After conc. I CBS Pittsburgh II (15) Iona vs. (2) Duke Harlan / Miller / Bonner // Jacobson
After conc. I truTV Dallas II (11) Loyola (IL) vs. (6) Miami Dedes / Smith / Elmore // Gold-Onwude
After conc. I TNT Boise II (12) South Dakota St. vs. (5) Ohio St. Anderson / Webber // Byington
After conc. I TBS Wichita II (9) N.C. State vs. (8) Seton Hall Nessler / Lavin // Washburn
 
TIP (ET) NETWORK SITE GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
6:50 p.m. TNT Pittsburgh III (16) LIU Brooklyn/Radford vs. (1) Villanova Harlan / Miller / Bonner // Jacobson
7:10 p.m. CBS Boise III (12) Davidson vs. (5) Kentucky Anderson / Webber // Byington
7:20 p.m. TBS Wichita III (11) San Diego St. vs. (6) Houston Nessler / Lavin // Washburn
7:27 p.m. truTV Dallas III (14) Stephen F. Austin vs. (3) Texas Tech Dedes / Smith / Elmore // Gold-Onwude
After conc. III TNT Pittsburgh IV (9) Alabama vs. (8) Virginia Tech Harlan / Miller / Bonner // Jacobson
After conc. III CBS Boise IV (13) Buffalo vs. (4) Arizona Anderson / Webber // Byington
After conc. III TBS Wichita IV (14) Montana vs. (3) Michigan Nessler / Lavin // Washburn
After conc. III truTV Dallas IV (11) St. Bonaventure/UCLA vs. (6) Florida Dedes / Smith / Elmore // Gold-Onwude
 
TIP (ET) NETWORK SITE GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
12:15 p.m. CBS Charlotte I (10) Providence vs. (7) Texas A&M Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery // Tracy Wolfson
12:40 p.m. truTV Detroit I (15) Cal St. Fullerton vs. (2) Purdue Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce
1:30 p.m. TNT San Diego I (13) Marshall vs. (4) Wichita St. Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
2 p.m. TBS Nashville I (15) Georgia St. vs. (2) Cincinnati Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Jamie Erdahl
After conc. I CBS Charlotte II (15) Lipscomb vs. (2) North Carolina Nantz / Hill / Raftery // Wolfson
After conc. I truTV Detroit II (10) Butler vs. (7) Arkansas Eagle / Spanarkel // LaForce
After conc. I TNT San Diego II (12) Murray St. vs. (5) West Virginia Blackburn / Antonelli // Schriffen
After conc. I TBS Nashville II (10) Texas vs. (7) Nevada Catalon / Lappas // Erdahl

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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ESPN Paying Nearly $45 Billion For Rights Fees Through 2027

Currently, the network’s largest spending comes for its Monday Night Football package, which is $2.6 billion annually

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The last year or two has been evident that the price of rights to airing major college and professional sporting events on television are only going up. But the various networks either with longstanding relationships with leagues and conferences or looking to break into the media rights landscape are willing to pay up. That’s no more evident with Disney, which will be shelling out tens of billions of dollars to have regular season and postseason events air on ESPN.

According to Sportico, which reviewed Disney’s annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ESPN is set to spend $44.9 billion on sports media rights through 2027.

Currently, the network’s largest spending comes for its Monday Night Football package, which is $2.6 billion annually. Additionally, ESPN will pay $1.4 billion through the 2024-25 season for NBA rights.

The Sportico report noted ESPN will generate more than $8.1 billion in affiliate revenue to help offset those costs. The network will soon be entering talks to renew its media rights deal to be the exclusive home for nearly all NCAA Division I championships, as well as engaging in new NBA rights negotiations.

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Return of Bob Iger Puts Pac-12 ‘Not Exactly In A Great Place’

“I think it’s even more evident it’s not gonna happen. These places aren’t gonna spend big money on the Pac-12.”

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The Pac-12 is currently in a media rights negotiation with partners for its next TV deal after the departure of USC and UCLA. The conference has remained committed to the stance that it feels it can match the dollar amount given to the Big 12 from FOX and ESPN. However, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post isn’t so confident.

During The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast, Marchand said the recent return of Bob Iger as Disney CEO, coupled with recent layoffs from Amazon, could spell bad news for the PAC 12’s quest to match what the Big 12 received.

“Do I still think they can get the same number as the Big 12? I do, but you start thinking about where this is going and that’s not exactly a great place to be if you’re the Pac-12. They might get the number, but the idea that they’ll get a lot more than the Big 12 — which I’ve already said is not gonna happen — I think it’s even more evident it’s not gonna happen. These places aren’t gonna spend big money on the Pac-12…I think there’s some rough waters out in the Pacific.”

Marchand said if the University of California Board of Regents won’t allow UCLA to join the Big Ten as expected, the conference would then set its sights on Washington and Oregon, which would continue to decimate the Pac-12.

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