CBS College Sports Network Takes Own Road To March Madness


CBS College Sports Network will provide a major assist to CBS's coverage of the 2009 NCAA Division 1 men's basketball tournament.
In addition to presenting a pair of first round out-of-market tourney games, produced by CBS Sports with its talent and graphics, for a third straight year, CBS College Sports Network will proffer some 75 hours of coverage, including the official highlights show, NCAA March Madness Highlights powered by Pontiac.
Tipping off from the CBS College Sports Network studio in New York March 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (ET), the show starts with a preview. Then once the Madness begings on March, 19, the show, at the conclusion of each game, will supply all the scores, news, highlights and analysis. Moreover, NCAA March Madness Highlights will present exclusive game-in-progress highlights, live look-ins and press conferences from every team at every site from the first-round through the national championship contest on April 6 from Detroit's Ford Field.
NCAA March Madness Central will be be anchored by Adam Zucker and CBS Sports'sTracy Wolfson, with Pete Gillen and Steve Lappas providing in-depth analysis each day. The show will also be home to reports from CBS announcers from every remote tournament site.
In the Motor City, CBS College Sports Network's on-site programming begins on Friday April 3, with coverage of each of the Final Four squad's practice sessions from Ford Field, from noon to 4:30 p.m. The workouts will be followed by Hershey's College All-Star Game.
CBS College Sports, which has inked deals with 20 distributors for a package of on-demand game highlights and March Madness memory vignettes, is also scheduled to make the rounds around Detroit, bringing fans an all-encompassing look at the Final Four weekend experience.
On April 6, the countdown to tip-off officially begins with the National Championship Pre-Game Show presented by State Farm. CBS Sports's Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony and Seth Davis will breaking down the two title contenders and the key matchups.