Selection Sunday is getting bigger. The NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show, featuring the exclusive, live first-time announcement of the pairings for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, is expanding to two hours. Turner Sports and CBS Sports will begin the road to the 2016 Final Four with the newly expanded show, airing Sunday, March 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
The bigger Selection Show will feature more analysis, more discussion, more interviews and more reactions from teams as they learn their seed, region and opponent. Ernie Johnson will join Greg Gumbel to host the show from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Clark Kellogg, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Seth Davis and Doug Gottlieb will provide analysis breaking down the bracket. Previously, the one-hour Selection Show aired from 6-7 p.m.
Joseph R. Castiglione, Chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, will join in-studio to discuss the selection process.
This year marks the 35th edition of the Selection Show, which was first televised March 7, 1982, on CBS (5:30-6 p.m.). The 30-minute show expanded to one hour on March 10, 2002.
The NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show will also be available via NCAA March Madness Live, the March Madness Live app via online, tablets and mobile devices.
For the sixth consecutive year, CBS Sports and Turner Sports provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – and via NCAA March Madness Live. This year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 2, will be televised on TBS, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 4, marking the first time the title game will air on cable television in the 78-year history of the NCAA Tournament.