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CBS, Turner Unveil March Madness Broadcast Teams

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In a join press release, Turner and CBS announced the eight broadcast crews it will use to cover the NCAA Tournament starting next week. There are not many changes from last season.

  • Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
  • Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce
  • Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl
  • Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
  • Brad Nessler / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn
  • Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Wally Szczerbiak // Lisa Byington
  • Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lauren Shehadi
  • Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen

The teams in italics will go on to also cover the second weekend of action, which includes the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite 8. The top line team listed in bold will broadcast the Final Four and the National Championship Game.

Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing compared this year’s teams to last year’s. He found that while there are a few changes, most of what is new is the result of shuffling and not full overhauls.

– Steve Lavin won’t return as part of his trio with Brad Nessler and Jim Jackson.

– Len Elmore won’t return as part of his trio with Spero Dedes and Steve Smith.

– Ros Gold-Onwude won’t return as a reporter.

– Wally Szczerbiak moves from the studio to the court, replacing Elmore with Dedes and Smith.

– Lisa Byington replaces Gold-Onwude with Dedes, Smith, and Szczerbiak.

– Lauren Shehadi replaces Byington with Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas.

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There isn’t a lot of change in the studio coverage either. Ernie Johnson and Greg Gumbel will take turns anchoring the New York studio, where Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Clark Kellogg will serve as analysts. Brendan Haywood, Seth Davis, and Candace Parker will again serve as analysts in the Atlanta studio. During the first weekend of the tournament, that studio will be anchored by Adam Zucker. Adam Lefkoe will serve as anchor for the first four games. Ernie Johnson will anchor Atlanta in the second weekend.

Sunday’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show on CBS will again be a one hour broadcast anchored by Greg Gumble with the New York analyst team.

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”

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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”

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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’

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First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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