College Basketball

CBS Sub-Licenses Big East Basketball Games from Fox

CBS Sports announced today that it has reached a sub-licensing agreement with Fox Sports to televise Big East College Basketball games.  The games will air on both the CBS national network and the CBS Sports Network.  The deal begins this season and runs through the 2018-2019 season.

This season CBS Sports will broadcast two games and CBS Sports Network will air 18 match-ups.  Both CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network will have access to non-conference and conference games. Also, CBS Sports Network will air a minimum of two women’s games per year, as well as select Olympic sports.

Beginning with the 2014-15 season, the deal provides for up to 30 men’s basketball games per year combined on CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network.  CBS Sports can broadcast up to five games each year, with CBS Sports Network airing the remaining contests as part of the agreement.

“We are excited about our new agreement with Fox, which extends our 30-year relationship with the BIG EAST Conference,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports.  “Today’s announcement continues our recent string of new agreements strengthening our programming, and further solidifying CBS Sports as the leader in college basketball.”



CBS to Produce Special Programming Around the 75th Anniversary of March Madness

CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and CBS will be working in conjunction with the NCAA to produce special programming to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament.

CBS Sports Presents 75 Years of NCAA March Madness kicks off on December 29th with two shows;

75 Years: Behind the Mic (2:00-3:00 PM, ET).  This program features a round-table discussion with on-air voices of the NCAA tournament reliving the greatest March Madness moments and sharing their memories calling the action.  Greg Gumbel hosts and is joined by Clark Kellogg, Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Dick Enberg, Greg Anthony and Gary Bender.  The show also includes a special segment with Verne Lundquist, Len Elmore and Christian Laettner reliving the legendary Kentucky-Duke regional final game in 1992.

75 Years: A Coach’s Perspective (3:00-4:00 PM, ET) Hosted by Jim Nantz, the show features a panel of top college coaches reflecting on the greatness of the NCAA tournament and reminiscing about their own experiences. Coaches include Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo, Steve Lavin, Rick Pitino, Shaka Smart, Brad Stevens, Bill Self, John Thompson III andJay Wright.

Greg Gumbel hosts the other specials airing on CBS Sports, including:

  • TOP 10 COACHES – Saturday, Feb. 9 (12:30-1:00 PM, ET)
  • TOP 10 ONE-HIT WONDERS – Saturday, Feb. 16 (12:30-1:00 PM, ET)
  • TOP 10 BUZZER BEATERS – Sunday, Feb. 17 (12:30-1:00 PM, ET)
  • TOP 10 UPSETS – Saturday, Feb. 23 (1:00-1:30 PM, ET)
  • TOP 10 CHAMPS THAT NEVER WERE – Saturday, Feb. 23 (1:30-2:00 PM, ET)

CBS Sports Network’s programming is highlighted by a series of specials, including:

  • THE ULTIMATE 75-YEAR BRACKET – Saturday, March 2 (7:00-8:30 PM, ET) – A 90-minute studio show playing out the ultimate fantasy March Madness bracket with the best teams from the past 75 years.  A panel of experts will pick the teams, determine seedings and debate the games in a single-elimination style.
  • THE 75 GREATEST MOMENTS IN TOURNAMENT HISTORY – Sunday, March 3-Thursday, March 7 – Five 30-minute programs that count down the 75 greatest moments in tournament history.
  • MARCH MADNESS: THE ALL-TIME TEAM – Sunday, April 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET) – A one-hour show selecting the top NCAA tournament all-time players.

ESPN Sets Midnight Madness Schedule for ESPNU and ESPN3

ESPN today unveiled the list of campuses its cameras will be visiting during the 2012 Midnight Madness tip-off to the 2012-2013 college basketball season.

ESPNU will anchor the coverage, with additional content to be made available on ESPN3.

Dari Nowkhah will host the coverage along with analysts Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose and Andy Katz, as well as contributions from Dick Vitale.

The action begins at 5:00p.m. ET with coverage of live practice at Indiana University.

Here is the schedule of Midnight Madness visits on ESPNU and ESPN3, along with the on-site commentators:

Team/ Commentators Location Network (Time ET)
No.1 Indiana
TBD, Jay Williams & Dan Dakich
Assembly Hall ESPNU (5 p.m.)
No. 4 Kentucky
TBD & Jimmy Dykes
Rupp Arena ESPN3 (7:30 p.m.)
No.6 NC State
Sam Gore & Bruce Pearl
PNC Arena ESPN3 (7 p.m.)
No.14 Syracuse
Rich Hollenberg & Seth Greenberg
Carrier Dome ESPN3 (8 p.m.)
No.11 North Carolina
TBD & Doris Burke
Dean Smith Center ESPN3 (7:30 p.m.)
No.25 Missouri
Mitch Holthus & Stephen Bardo
Mizzou Arena ESPN3 (8 p.m.)
Bob Picozzi & TBD
Bigelow Avenue (Outside) ESPN3 (10 p.m.)
Florida State
Donald L. Tucker Center ESPN3 (7 p.m.)
Tim Welsh
McDonough Arena ESPNU
Len Elmore
Comcast Center ESPNU
No.10 Baylor (Men & Women)
Fran Fraschilla
Ferrell Center ESPNU
Murray State
Miles Simon
No.3 Kansas
Sean Farnham
Allen Fieldhouse ESPNU

ESPN Announces Big 12 Hoops Schedule for Big Monday

ESPN today announced a slate of Big 12 college basketball games that will be part of its Big Monday schedule later this year.

Here is the schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game
January 14 9 p.m. Baylor at Kansas
January 21 5:30 p.m. Oklahoma State at Baylor
  9:30 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma
January 28 9 p.m. Kansas at West Virginia
February 4 9 p.m. Texas at West Virginia
February 11 9 p.m. Kansas State at Kansas
February 18 9 p.m. West Virginia at Kansas State
February 25 9 p.m. Kansas at Iowa State
March 4 9 p.m. Baylor at Texas

ESPN Unveils First Set of College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Matches

For the fifth consecutive season ESPN will be running a marathon of college basketball games to begin the new season.

Today ESPN announced the slate of games that will air on ESPN beginning on midnight on November 13th.  Match-ups for action on ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN3 will be announced at a later date.

Here is the schedule for the College Hoops Marathon on ESPN:

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Tue, Nov 13 Midnight Old Spice Classic: West Virginia at No. 20 Gonzaga ESPN
  2 a.m. Davidson at New Mexico ESPN
  4 a.m. Houston Baptist at Hawaii ESPN
  6 a.m. Stony Brook at Rider ESPN
  8 a.m. Northern Illinois at Valparaiso ESPN
  10 a.m. Harvard at Massachusetts ESPN
  Noon Temple at Kent State ESPN
  2 p.m. Detroit at St. John’s ESPN
  4 p.m. Butler at Xavier ESPN
  6 p.m. College GameDay Covered by State Farm (from Atlanta) ESPN
  7 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (from Atlanta): No. 9 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Kansas ESPN
  9 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (from Atlanta): No. 15 Duke vs. No. 3 Kentucky ESPN

ESPN Unveils SEC/Big East Hoops Challenge for this Fall

ESPN has unveiled its schedule of twelve college basketball games as part of the 2012 SEC/Big East Challenge.

The second annual tournament will be played at home sites with each conference hosting six games.  The action begins November 29th.

Here is the schedule for the 2012 SEC/Big East Challenge:

Date Game
Thu, Nov 29 Kentucky at Notre Dame
  Marquette at Florida
  South Carolina at St. John’s
  Seton Hall at LSU
Fri, Nov 30 Syracuse at Arkansas
  Tennessee at Georgetown
  DePaul at Auburn
  Georgia at South Florida
Sat, Dec 1 Alabama at Cincinnati
  Villanova at Vanderbilt
  Mississippi State at Providence
  Rutgers at Mississippi


CBS Sports Reaches Deal with ESPN to Telecast ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 Hoops

CBS Sports has worked out an agreement with ESPN to televise college basketball action involving teams from the ACC, Big 12, and Pac-12 conferences.

The multi-year deal, which begins this fall, calls for CBS to televise a total of 20 regular season games this year and 26 games during the subsequent years of the deal.  CBS will televise six ACC match-ups this season and 12 games a year going forward.

Also, CBS Sports will broadcast the Missouri Valley Conference Championship game for the length of the agreement and the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship game in 2013.