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    CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    ESPN holds firm on NCAA men's basketball tournament television bid, report says - ESPN

    Some interesting tidbits from the article:

    CBS and Turner would alternate years televising the Final Four, the publication said.
    Great...another major sporting event being taken off of OTA...

    Earlier this week, the Sports Business Journal reported that CBS did not make money on this year's tournament.
    Then perhaps maybe CBS overpaid for the rights...

    Also of note from another article linked on that page:

    Ohio State's Gene Smith, the incoming NCAA tournament committee chairman, wants to keep the event as it is, or make a slight alteration, as he told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.


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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    The championship should always be available OTA.. hopefully that always will involve CBS.

    As long as ESPN doesn't get it I'd be happy.



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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by huntt26 View Post
    The championship should always be available OTA.. hopefully that always will involve CBS.

    As long as ESPN doesn't get it I'd be happy.
    Why? They've got the most channels, they'd be the best option.


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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by huntt26 View Post
    The championship should always be available OTA.. hopefully that always will involve CBS.

    As long as ESPN doesn't get it I'd be happy.
    ABC owns ESPN... so you'd likely have your regional game on ABC and alternative options on ESPN. Win-win



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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by azn4cy View Post
    ABC owns ESPN... so you'd likely have your regional game on ABC and alternative options on ESPN. Win-win
    and then epsn 2 could carry another game. Almost every game would be available to watch if espn won the bid.


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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by tman24 View Post
    and then epsn 2 could carry another game. Almost every game would be available to watch if espn won the bid.
    I almost forgot about ESPN 3 too.



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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by HiltonMagic View Post
    Why? They've got the most channels, they'd be the best option.
    and listen to dick vitale and all the other espn guys? no thanks.



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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    So is this 96 team ncaa tourny thing Set In Stone? or do they still need to vote on it and all that stuff?



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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    I think ESPN getting it would be the best possible deal.



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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    If it has to go to cable, ESPN would be good because there would be other places to see it. Personally, I would like to see it stay with CBS.



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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    Let's go to 156 teams so we could have a chance to get in.


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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    My problem with ESPN taking over the tournament would be the obvious audio disappointment in every single analyst and broadcaster's voice everytime an ACC or Big East school lost. The rooting for those two conferences is absolutely apparent everytime they cover basketball.

    Outside of that, their coverage would be the best.


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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Let's go to 156 teams so we could have a chance to get in.
    Assuming we could make a 156-team field...


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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by tman24 View Post
    and then epsn 2 could carry another game. Almost every game would be available to watch if espn won the bid.
    Don't forget about the famous ESPN 8




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    Re: CBS/TBS making joint bid to cover the 96-team March Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by clone4good View Post
    So is this 96 team ncaa tourny thing Set In Stone? or do they still need to vote on it and all that stuff?
    The NCAA Board of Governors will supposedly vote on it 4/29. I presume the CBS/TNT bid is based on a 96-team scenario. Let's hope the Board of Governors vote against expansion and tell the bidders to resubmit but I doubt that happens. Using last season's results, it's sickening to think that a team like TX Tech can be in the NCAA tournament with a 4-12 conference record or North Carolina with a 5-11 record.

    I read where over 80% of fans polled are against tournament expansion but it appears they are going to jam it down our throats. Then you have a vast majority of fans wanting a college football playoff of some kind and we don't see it and probably won't for several years.



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