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CBS Sports, Turner Sports Announce NCAA Tournament Broadcast Teams

Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, and Grant Hill, with Tracy Wolfson reporting will be the No. 1 broadcast team, calling the Final Four semifinal games and the national championship.

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The 2022 NCAA Tournament is one week away with First Four games set to tip off in Dayton on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16. With that, CBS Sports and Turner Sports have announced their broadcast pairings for NCAA Tournament coverage on CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV.

Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, and Grant Hill, with Tracy Wolfson reporting will be the No. 1 broadcast team, calling the Final Four semifinal games (April 2) and the national championship (April 4).

The three other crews that will move on to the second weekend (March 24-27) of regional semifinals and finals are as follows:

  • Brian Anderson, Jim Jackson, reporter Allie LaForce
  • Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, reporter Jamie Erdahl
  • Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Reggie Miller, reporter Dana Jacobson

And the remaining four teams that will broadcast the first weekend of NCAA Tournament (March 17-20) games:

  • Lisa Byington, Steve Smith, Avery Johnson, reporter Lauren Shehadi
  • Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, reporter Andy Katz
  • Spero Dedes, Deb Antonelli, reporter AJ Ross
  • Brad Nessler, Brendan Haywood, reporter Evan Washburn

The two First Four games on truTV will be called by Tom McCarthy, Steve Lavin, and Avery Johnson, with Jon Rothstein reporting. Studio coverage will be hosted by Nabil Karim with analysts Candace Parker, Seth Davis, and Rex Chapman.

Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson will host regular NCAA Tournament studio coverage in New York with analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg, Kenny Smith, and Wally Szczerbiak during the first week of play. Karim will host in Atlanta with Parker, Davis, and Chapman, joined by coaches yet to be announced.

Additionally, Dwyane Wade will contribute in Atlanta through the Sweet 16. Adam Lefkoe will anchor the update desk in New York during the first and second rounds.

Gumbel stays in New York for the tourney’s second week while Johnson moves to Atlanta.

Along with TV coverage, viewers can watch NCAA Tournament games via the NCAA March Madness Live app. Schedule updates, news, and information will also be available @MM_MBB_TV on Twitter and NCAA.com.

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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

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FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

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FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

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The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC

“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”

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ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.

ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.

This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.

Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.

“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”

ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.

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