CBS and Turner Sports have taken the wraps off broadcast plans for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, also known as “March Madness.”
All 67 games will be carried live across CBS and Turner platforms, with four national networks — TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV — carrying the games on TV.
For the 34th consecutive year, CBS will air the National Championship Game, set for Monday, April 6, from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. A pre-game show, “Capital One Championship Central,” will air from 8:30-9 p.m. ET.
Final Four games will be carried by TBS, with the semifinals set for Saturday, April 4, beginning at 6 p.m.
“Additionally, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will offer team-specific, originally produced telecasts of the Final Four with the return of its ‘TeamCasts’ on TNT and truTV,” the companies said in their announcement. “The ‘TeamCasts’ are tailored specifically for each of the Final Four teams competing. The four unique telecasts, two airing on TNT and two on truTV, will feature separate announce teams and multiple viewing options highlighting each of the competing schools.”
Studio coverage of the Final Four on April 4 on TBS will begin with “Road to the Final Four” from 3-4 p.m., followed by the “Final Four Show” from 4-6 p.m.
“The Regional Finals games will again be split by TBS and CBS, with TBS airing the games on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 6 p.m. — with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. with the ‘Infiniti Tip-Off show’ — and CBS airing the games on Sunday, March 29, starting at 2 p.m.,” the announcement notes.
The release adds: “The 2015 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off in prime time with the “NCAA First Four” on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual on Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. both nights.”