CBS Sports and Turner Sports Announce 2017 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Programming Schedule
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
CBS to Broadcast Final Four® National Semifinals and National Championship
TBS to Televise Elite Eight Games on Saturday, March 25;
CBS to Present Elite Eight Games on Sunday, March 26
NCAA Tournament Coverage Tips-Off with 90-Minute Selection Show
on Sunday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m. ET
For the seventh consecutive year, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – with all games streamed on NCAA March Madness Live.
CBS will broadcast the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 1, and then the National Championship on Monday, April 3, for the 35th time. The Final Four will originate from Phoenix, Ariz., and the games will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium, the first western location to host the Final Four since 1995.
On-site Final Four studio coverage will air from 3-6 p.m. ET with At the Final Four presented by Infiniti from 3-4 p.m., followed by the Final Four Show from 4-6 p.m. Pregame coverage of the National Championship will tip off at 8:30 p.m. on CBS with Capital One Championship Central.
The Regional Final games will once again be split by TBS and CBS. TBS this year will air the games on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 6 p.m., while CBS will televise the games on Sunday afternoon, March 26, starting at 2 p.m.
Coverage of the 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will begin with a 90-minute Selection Show on Sunday, March 12, from 5:30-7 p.m. on CBS. Greg Gumbel hosts and will be joined by analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City, with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith providing commentary from Turner Studios in Atlanta.
NCAA Tournament game action tips off with the NCAA First Four™ on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual on Tuesday, March 14, and Wednesday, March 15, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. both nights.
- Turner will air 43 game telecasts across its three networks (TBS, TNT and truTV).
- CBS will broadcast 24 games throughout the tournament including the National Championship, Final Four Semifinals, Elite 8®, Sweet 16® and first and second rounds.
- TBS will televise 18 contests including the Elite 8®, Sweet 16® and first and second round games.
- truTV will air a total of 13 games, including the First Four™ and the first and second rounds.
- TNT will televise 12 games including first and second round match-ups.
Turner and CBS will also return March Madness Confidential, providing exclusive, behind-the-scenes access of select NCAA Tournament teams, with features airing during studio coverage and on NCAA.com, chronicling their Tournament journeys.
The collective networks will again present integrated game and studio productions with pregame, halftime, bridge and post-game shows from studios in New York City and Atlanta. Studio shows will include The Road to the Final Four® and Infiniti NCAA Tip-Off pre-game shows, AT&T at the Half, Capital One Tournament Central and the Inside March Madness® presented by Buick post-game show.
Accompanying the live television presentation, NCAA March Madness Live will once again be the ultimate digital destination for direct access to all 67 games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Additionally, social integrations will include the latest highlights, behind the scenes content and news updates across the official March Madness Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts for companion content throughout the tournament.
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