NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — College basketball fans will see a whole lot more of the NCAA tournament on TV this March, including during prime time on the first Sunday night.
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CBS and Turner Sports, in the first year of a joint 14-year, $10.8 billion deal to broadcast the tournament announced Thursday that fans will get to see all games in their entirety thanks to staggered tip-off times and expanded coverage in the early rounds.
Games will be seen on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, allowing organizers to spread out start times in contrast to the regional coverage offered in years past.
CBS executive vice president Mike Aresco told USA Today the plan is to “create nonstop basketball from noon (EST) to midnight.”READ MORE: Gov. Lamont: Connecticut Man Who Tested Positive For Omicron Variant Has Mild Symptoms, Resting At Home
“One reason to stagger them is to allow viewers to see more games,” he said.
The tournament is expanding from 65 to 68 teams this year.
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