Final Four Cable TV Schedule

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has reached its final weekend, with the Final Four occurring this Saturday and the championship game between this Saturday’s winners on Monday. Here is the cable TV schedule for the Final Four this Saturday (all times Eastern):


  • Oklahoma vs Villanova – Main Broadcast on TBS
  • Oklahoma vs Villanova – Oklahoma Team Stream on TNT
  • Oklahoma vs Villanova – Villanova Team Stream on TruTV

40 minutes after end of first game:

  • North Carolina vs Syracuse – Main Broadcast on TBS
  • North Carolina vs Syracuse – North Carolina Team Stream on TNT
  • North Carolina vs Syracuse – Syracuse Team Stream on TruTV

As has become tradition, the national broadcast on TBS will be augmented by team-specific broadcasts on TNT and TruTV, allowing fans of the particular teams to watch coverage garnered toward them.

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Jim Nantz, Grant Hill and Bill Raftery will call the games with reporter Tracy Wolfson.

Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from the Final Four National Semifinals and the National Championship on Monday, April 4, from NRG Stadium in Houston with analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith. They will be joined by Greg Gumbel along with analysts Reggie Miller and Steve Smith and insider Seth Davis.

Enjoy the games.

NCAA Sweet Sixteen Schedule

The first weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was a memorable one leaving many brackets busted. Though many of the teams behind first round upsets did not make it to the second weekend, the Sweet Sixteen will still provide some great matchups and possibilities for unexpected teams to head to Elite Eight.

Here are the network and cable TV listings. All times EDT:

Thursday, March 24

  • 7:10 CBS Louisville I
    2) Villanova vs 3) Miami
  • 7:37 TBS Anaheim I
    2) Oklahoma vs 3) Texas A&M
  • ~9:40 CBS Louisville II
    1) Kansas vs 5) Maryland
  • ~10:07 TBS Anaheim II
    1) Oregon vs 4) Duke

Friday March 25

  • 7:10 CBS Chicago I
    1) Virginia vs 4) Iowa State
  • 7:27 TBS Philadelphia I
    6) Notre Dame vs 7) Wisconsin
  • ~9:40 CBS Chicago II
    10) Syracuse vs 11) Gonzaga
  • ~9:57 TBS Philadelphia II
    1) North Carolina vs 5) Indiana

Enjoy the games.

Networks and Cable Channels Bid for Big Ten Conference Rights

Current contracts to air Big Ten sports end after the 2016-17 season, with the conference now taking bids for either new contracts from new network and cable TV channels or extensions to the current contracts, which currently belong to ESPN and Fox. ESPN has been airing football and basketball games, with Fox airing the Big Ten Football Championship and running the Big Ten Network.

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But as Sports Business Journal reports, both ESPN and Fox have been undergoing cost cuts due to cord cutting and increased sports rights fees so their bids may not be as high as the Big Ten would like.

CBS has a basketball contract that includes the semifinals and finals of the Big Ten Tournament and would like to retain that portion and possibly a smaller package of rights. The same goes for Turner Sports which would like to have some basketball games that would compliment its NCAA Tournament rights.

NBC which has been mostly shut out of college sports except for the CAA, Ivy League and Notre Dame plans to explore a potential bid, but it’s not known how serious it will be.

The Big Ten bidding will be watched closely and with a conference footprint that goes from the Midwest all the way to the East Coast, the league expects that it will see increased rights and a financial windfall that will carry it well into the next decade and possibly beyond.

Could this be the tide turning on live sports rights, which up to this point have been the last vestige of moneymaking unaffected by cord cutting? We’ll see.

March Madness Schedule on Network and Cable TV

It’s that time of the year—the conference tournaments that begin March Madness have been completed, the selection show has aired, and the brackets are out in time for the beginning of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Get ready for the first week/weekend of games and set your DVRs. Here is the cable TV and network TV schedule for all of the games airing this week, via SportsMediaWatch:

Tuesday, March 15
6:30 PM FGCU/Farleigh Dickinson TruTV
9:00 PM Vanderbilt/Wichita State TruTV
Wednesday, March 16
6:30 PM Holy Cross/Southern TruTV
9:00 PM Michigan/Tulsa TruTV
Thursday, March 17
(Raleigh, Providence, Des Moines and Denver)
12:15 PM Duke/UNC-Wilmington CBS
12:40 PM Texas Tech/Butler TruTV
1:30 PM Colorado/UConn TNT
2:00 PM Iowa State/Iona TBS
2:30 PM Baylor/Yale CBS
3:00 PM Virginia/Hampton TruTV
3:50 PM Kansas/Austin Peay TNT
4:20 PM Purdue/Ark.-Little Rock TBS
6:50 PM Miami/Buffalo TNT
7:10 PM Indiana/Chattanooga CBS
7:20 PM North Carolina/TBA TBS
7:27 PM Utah/Fresno State TruTV
9:15 PM Arizona/TBA TNT
9:30 PM Kentucky/Stony Brook CBS
9:45 PM USC/Providence TBS
9:55 PM Seton Hall/Gonzaga TruTV
Friday, March 18
(Brooklyn, St. Louis, Spokane and OKC)
12:15 PM Dayton/Syracuse CBS
12:40 PM Villanova/UNC-Asheville TruTV
1:30 PM Oregon State/VCU TNT
2:00 PM Cal/Hawaii TBS
2:30 PM Michigan State/Mid. Tenn. St. CBS
3:00 PM Iowa/Temple TruTV
3:50 PM Oklahoma/CSU-Bakersfield TNT
4:20 PM Maryland/SDSU TBS
6:50 PM Wisconsin/Pittsburgh TNT
7:10 PM W. Virginia/Stephen F. Austin CBS
7:20 PM Texas A&M/Green Bay TBS
7:27 PM Oregon/TBA TruTV
9:15 PM Xavier/Weber State TNT
9:30 PM Notre Dame/TBA CBS
9:45 PM Texas/Northern Iowa TBS
9:55 PM St. Joe’s/Cincinnati TruTV
Saturday, March 19
(Raleigh, Providence, Des Moines and Denver)
12:00 PM Second round CBS
2:30 PM Second round CBS
5:00 PM Second round CBS
6:00 PM Second round TNT
7:00 PM Second round TBS
7:30 PM Second round CBS
8:30 PM Second round TNT
9:30 PM Second round TBS
Sunday, March 20
(Brooklyn, St. Louis, Spokane and OKC)
12:00 PM Second round CBS
2:30 PM Second round CBS
5:00 PM Second round CBS
6:00 PM Second round TNT
7:00 PM Second round TBS
7:30 PM Second round TruTV
8:30 PM Second round TNT
9:30 PM Second round TBS

Enjoy the games.

Sweet Sixteen Schedule Set for Cable TV

With the first two rounds of action complete in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, March Madness is moving closer and closer to its end. The Sweet 16 begins today, and here you’ll be able to find where to watch all the action on cable TV.

Here are the times and channels (all Eastern Time), via TV Media Insights:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

7:15 p.m. on CBS: Midwest Region
(#3) Notre Dame vs. (#7) Wichita State
7:47 p.m. on TBS: West Region
(#1) Wisconsin vs. (#4) North Carolina
Approx. 9:45 p.m. on CBS: Midwest Region
(#1) Kentucky vs. (#5) West Virginia
Approx. 10:17 p.m. on TBS: West Region
(#2) Arizona vs. (#6) Xavier
Friday, March 27, 2015

7:15 p.m. on CBS: South Region
(#2) Gonzaga vs. (#11) UCLA
7:37 p.m. on TBS: East Region
(#4) Louisville vs. (#8) N.C. State
Approx. 9:45 p.m. on CBS: South Region
(#1) Duke vs. (#5) Utah
Approx. 10:07 p.m. on TBS: East Region
(#3) Oklahoma vs. (#7) Michigan State

A few upsets have led lower seeds to the Sweet 16 and busted many brackets. Now is when we’ll see if sleeper teams like Wichita State (who upset the Kansas Jayhawks) and NC State, who upset #1 seed Villanova, can continue their run in the big dance.

For those who want to watch basketball at its best, though, the game to tune in to is the late game on CBS on Thursday, where the Kentucky Wildcats will attempt to continue their run to perfection and setting the record for most wins in a college season. West Virginia will prove a worthy challenger.

Stay tuned to the TV, Internet and Phone Blog for the Final Four matchup next week.

March Madness: Find it On Cable TV

The time has come: the Round of 64 is here (enough with that First Four nonsense—those are play-in games) and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament really begins. Make sure your brackets are filled out before the first game starts, and sit back for a long weekend of basketball, maybe the best weekend in sports all year long.

It’s been a long time since a team has come in as favored to win the tournament as the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats, who are seeking to win the title as an undefeated team for the first time since Bobby Knight did so with his Indiana Hoosiers more than thirty years ago. But anything can happen when it’s winner take all in every particular game, and you’ll want to be there to see all the blowouts, upsets, and highlights.

CBS Sports has the rights to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, so you can find all of your March Madness viewing on CBS-owned cable and network television. Check out the schedule, and make sure to find where all those channels are on your cable television package. This year, games will air on:

  • CBS
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • truTV

You may ask yourself: “Really, truTV?” Yes, the channel with all the courtroom shows and true crime documentaries that form the basis for CSI episodes is hosting NCAA tournament basketball once again, as part of the CBS/Turner Sports team-up. Look up where it is available from your provider, and be sure to find the HD feed: you’ll hope you have found a cable provider with the most HD channels in your area.

Games begin today at 12:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Get ready.