A Connecticut lawmaker is unhappy with the new television arrangement for the “March Madness” NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and is lobbying to have the first-round game featuring the University of Connecticut moved from cable to network television outlets in the state, The Hill reports.
Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney has written a letter to CBS boss Leslie Moonves and NCAA President Mark Emmert, arguing that many residents in Connecticut will be unable to get the game on TV. He wants to see Thursdays game between Connecticut and Bucknell shifted from TNT to a CBS affiliate.
Courtney estimates that 150,000 households in the state will be unable to watch the game.
"NCAA’s new contract with four television channels is a significant departure from previous years," Courtney wrote. "As multiple games have been televised simultaneously in the past, the NCAA and CBS has respectfully adjusted their coverage by region to ensure local fans had the opportunity to watch the hometown team. I hope that the NCAA and CBS can continue that commitment."
The story adds: “Courtney’s request is due to the NCAA’s decision to expand the tournament from 64 to 68 teams and adjust their television contract. In an effort to air all games on national television, some early round games will be broadcast on cable networks such as TNT and TBS, instead of CBS airing regional coverage of the tournament in the early rounds.”