CBS and Turner Sports Announce Their March Madness Broadcast Crews

James WilliamsAnalyst IIIFebruary 22, 2012

Sir Charles is ready to talk NCAA basketball again this year- Photo Turner Sports
Sir Charles is ready to talk NCAA basketball again this year- Photo Turner Sports

In a press release issued today, CBS and Turner announced the broadcast teams for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

As expected, the lead team of Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr will open the action on March 13th with night one of The First Four. Then on March 14th the team of Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel will handle the duties.

As many of you may recall this agreement is part of a 14 year deal between CBS and Turner Sports along with the NCAA. 

As was the case last year CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV will broadcast all 67 telecasts with the broadband outlet being NCAA March Madness Live which can be accessed at and is a great way to keep up with the action while at work or in class—not that I condone doing so.

Once again this year the team of Nantz, Kellogg, Kerr and Wolfson will team up to work the Final Four and National Championship telecasts.

Here are the play by play and color analyst teams as announced today by Turner Sports and CBS Sports:

  1. Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg
  2. Marv Albert and Steve Kerr
  3. Verne Lundquist and  Bill Raftery
  4. Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore and Reggie Miller
  5. Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel
  6. Brian Anderson and Dan Bonner
  7. Tim Brando and Mike Gminski
  8. Spero Dedes and Bob Wenzel

The "in game reporters" will be Tracy Wolfson, Craig Sager, Lesley Visser, Marty Snider, Lewis Johnson, Jaime Maggio and Otis Livingston.

The studio shows will again be split between New York and Atlanta with the following assignments being given according to the release:

Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson will trade off as the hosts from New York and they will be joined on set by Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony and Kenny Smith  

Meanwhile down in Atlanta, Matt Winer will serve as the host and analysts Seth Davis and Steve Smith will be on call.  

There will once again be a shift during the Regional Semi-Finals and Finals, The New York crew will include Gumbel as the host and his team of analysts will be Barkley, Anthony and Kenny Smith. Johnson will head south to the Turner Studios where he will be joined by Davis and Steve Smith.