NCAA Final Four programming schedule announced
TBS and NBC to alternate coverage of NCAA finals from 2016
The NCAA Final Four national semifinals and the NCAA National Championship game will be broadcast on TBC and CBS respectively in 2014 and 2015, it has been confirmed.
In addition, for ten years from 2014 coverage of the Regional Semifinals and Regional Finals games will be split by both television broadcasters. Earlier coverage of the tournament will be televised across four national networks - CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.
Turner Sports announced a 14-year exclusive media rights partnership to broadcast Division I Men’s Basketball Championship from 2011 with the NCAA in 2010 and David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports with TBS said he was pleased with the new broadcast arrangements.
"Since the inception of our partnership, I don’t think we could have envisioned such a seamless collaboration between our two companies both in front of and behind the cameras.
“Coming off another incredible year of strong ratings and exciting games, the popularity of the NCAA Tournament and Final Four continues to resonate with fans across the country. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to televise the Final Four national semifinal games and two of the Elite Eight games on TBS beginning next year, and for the network to televise its first National Championship game in 2016.”
As part of the agreement from 2010, coverage of the Final Four national semi-final games and National Championship game will alternate between both networks from 2016.
"From the beginning, our partnership with Turner Sports has exceeded every one of our expectations,” said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports.
“Today’s news represents another win-win arrangement that continues to help us extend the reach of this marquee property by combining the resources of our two organizations. As we have done since 1982, CBS is pleased to showcase the National Championship game in 2014 and 2015.”