CBS, Turner combine talent rosters
Networks' all-star lineup to be on CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV
CBS Sports and Turner Sports have combined their talent rosters to form an all-star line-up of announcers for coverage of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, it was announced Thursday by David Levy, president of Sales, Distribution and Sports, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports. The announcers will make appearances across CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV.
|Jim Nantz||Clark Kellogg *|
|Marv Albert||Steve Kerr *|
|Verne Lundquist||Bill Raftery *|
|Gus Johnson||Len Elmore *|
|Ian Eagle||Jim Spanarkel|
|Tim Brando||Mike Gminski|
|Spero Dedes||Bob Wenzel|
|* -- Semifinal and Regional finals|
The lineup is the latest enhancement to tournament coverage as part of the 14-year agreement between the NCAA, CBS and Turner which will provide live, full national coverage of the championship’s 67 games across multiple platforms for the first time.
The championship tips off with the First Four on March 15 on truTV, with Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr calling the action, with Tracy Wolfson courtside.
Nantz, Kellogg, Kerr and Wolfson will team up again when the tournament concludes with the Final Four on April 2 and the championship game on April 4 on CBS Sports. Nantz will be covering his 26th Final Four and national championship; Kellogg will be working both events for the third time; with Kerr joining to call his first Final Four and national championship.
Gus Johnson and Len Elmore, along with courtside reporter Craig Sager, will handle the call for the First Four games on March 16 on truTV.
Two studios, based in New York and Atlanta, will be used to cover all the action. Studio coverage will be anchored by Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson, who will share hosting duties during each day.
Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony and Kenny Smith will provide analysis throughout the tournament alongside Gumbel or Johnson from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York. Analysts Reggie Miller and Seth Davis will join the New York studio rotation for the second week of the tournament.
Matt Winer will host the studio coverage from Turner’s Atlanta studio with analysts Davis and Steve Smith.
The studio coverage for Tuesday’s First Four games will feature Gumbel, Johnson, Barkley, Anthony and Kenny Smith. On Wednesday, Winer, Steve Smith and Davis will be in studio offering analysis.
Tracy Wolfson, Craig Sager, Lesley Visser, David Aldridge, Sam Ryan and Marty Snider will serve as reporters throughout the tournament.
“As we embark on this new 14-year partnership with CBS and the NCAA, we’ve assembled a strong lineup of announcers who will be sharing their insights and analysis throughout the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across TBS, TNT, truTV and CBS,” Levy said. “The high caliber of on-air broadcasters that we have been able to secure is as diverse and talented as any that's ever been assembled in sports and will ensure that college basketball fans will enjoy informative and entertaining telecasts from the tip off of the First Four on truTV through the national championship game.”
“This is as deep a talent roster as there is anywhere in sports television,” McManus said. “CBS Sports and Turner Sports have combined many of the most entertaining and honored voices in the business for our coverage of the tournament. It will make for a remarkable range of expertise and entertainment throughout this great event, from tip off on truTV to the crowning of a new champion on CBS Sports for the 30th straight year.”