The 2022 NCAA Tournament is one week away with First Four games set to tip off in Dayton on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16. With that, CBS Sports and Turner Sports have announced their broadcast pairings for NCAA Tournament coverage on CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV.
Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, and Grant Hill, with Tracy Wolfson reporting will be the No. 1 broadcast team, calling the Final Four semifinal games (April 2) and the national championship (April 4).
The three other crews that will move on to the second weekend (March 24-27) of regional semifinals and finals are as follows:
- Brian Anderson, Jim Jackson, reporter Allie LaForce
- Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, reporter Jamie Erdahl
- Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Reggie Miller, reporter Dana Jacobson
And the remaining four teams that will broadcast the first weekend of NCAA Tournament (March 17-20) games:
- Lisa Byington, Steve Smith, Avery Johnson, reporter Lauren Shehadi
- Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, reporter Andy Katz
- Spero Dedes, Deb Antonelli, reporter AJ Ross
- Brad Nessler, Brendan Haywood, reporter Evan Washburn
The two First Four games on truTV will be called by Tom McCarthy, Steve Lavin, and Avery Johnson, with Jon Rothstein reporting. Studio coverage will be hosted by Nabil Karim with analysts Candace Parker, Seth Davis, and Rex Chapman.
Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson will host regular NCAA Tournament studio coverage in New York with analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg, Kenny Smith, and Wally Szczerbiak during the first week of play. Karim will host in Atlanta with Parker, Davis, and Chapman, joined by coaches yet to be announced.
Additionally, Dwyane Wade will contribute in Atlanta through the Sweet 16. Adam Lefkoe will anchor the update desk in New York during the first and second rounds.
Gumbel stays in New York for the tourney’s second week while Johnson moves to Atlanta.
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Nick Wright Critical Of ABC Crew As Giannis Antetokounmpo Struggles In Game 7
“He reminded his followers on Twitter that the two-time MVP has put together some amazing performances in this series.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo started hot in Game 7 on Sunday. By the time the game ended though, the Boston Celtics were on their way to Miami for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals and the defending champions were headed back to Milwaukee.
The Celtics’ defense gave the Milwaukee Bucks fits in the second half. The ABC broadcast put a special spotlight on Antetokounmpo, who got multiple drives to the basket that he could not finish.
“The best has got to show up when the best is needed, and Giannis has been disappointing,” said Mark Jackson over a package of highlights of Giannis missing shots. “As great of a player as he is, given credit to the Celtics’ defense, but he has struggled offensively time and time again.”
Nick Wright of FS1 noticed and he didn’t appreciate it. He reminded his followers on Twitter that the two-time MVP has put together some amazing performances in this series.
Mike Been, Mark Jackson, and Jeff Van Gundy were not particularly hard on Giannis. The trio made the typical comments we hear when things aren’t going a great player’s way.
Wright did not harp on the issue beyond the single tweet. The outcome was not in doubt as the clock winded down. He gave credit to the Celtics rather than tweet about the Bucks or Giannis.
Stephanie McMahon: WWE Is A Better Advertising Investment Than Sports
“We can script the buzzer-beater moments, we can script the Hail Marys.”
Everyone knows that professional wrestling is scripted. The storylines, the outcomes of matches, all of it is predetermined. But in the eyes of WWE, that’s what makes their product so different, and better than traditional sports.
WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon told Deadline that when it comes to pitching advertisers, sports entertainment allows room for a range of different approaches to make something work.
“We can script the buzzer-beater moments, we can script the Hail Marys,” she said. “We have a leg up on sports. … You may object to what we do, but you’re never going to be bored.”
McMahon added that WWE has a much easier process in dealing with sponsors. Everything is handled in-house.
“We own all of the IP,” she said. “When brands deal with us, they just deal with us. We create something together.”
WWE is coming off a positive Q1 earnings report, which had the company up 27% in total revenue. Its two weekly primetime shows, Monday Night RAW and Friday Night SmackDown, continue to do well in ratings, and all special and pay-per-view events, in addition to its streaming platform WWE Network, are all housed on Peacock.