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 NCAA.com and is a great way to keep up with the action while at work or in class—not that I condone doing so.
Here are the play by play and color analyst teams as announced today by Turner Sports and CBS Sports:
- Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg
- Marv Albert and Steve Kerr
- Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
- Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore and Reggie Miller
- Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel
- Brian Anderson and Dan Bonner
- Tim Brando and Mike Gminski
- 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:
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.