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[03/06/07 - 02:41 PM]
CBS Sports to Broadcast 26th Consecutive Ncaa Men's Basketball Championship Beginning with First-Round Action on Thursday, March 15
Exclusive live, network coverage begins on Thursday, March 15 and concludes on Monday, April 2 with the National Championship game from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

[via press release from CBS]

CBS SPORTS TO BROADCAST 26TH CONSECUTIVE NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINNING WITH FIRST-ROUND ACTION ON THURSDAY, MARCH 15

Tournament Schedule and Broadcast Pairings Announced

"March Madness" returns to the CBS Television Network when CBS Sports broadcasts the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship for the 26th consecutive year. Exclusive live, network coverage begins on Thursday, March 15 and concludes on Monday, April 2 with the National Championship game from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR, the Network's studio show, tips off CBS's coverage of first- round games on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 (12:00 Noon-5:00 PM, ET and 7:00 PM-12:00 AM, ET, both days/nights) and is hosted by Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Lesley Visser, Tracy Wolfson and Sam Ryan serve as reporters for THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR throughout CBS Sports' coverage of the tournament.

CBS Sports broadcasts the one-hour NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SELECTION SHOW on Sunday, March 11 (6:00-7:00 PM, ET), during which the exclusive, live, first-time announcement of the pairings for the NCAA Tournament are made. The show originates from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York, hosted by Gumbel, along with Kellogg and Davis. Jim Nantz and Billy Packer will be live from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

Following is the CBS Sports roster of announce teams for first and second-round action, led by Nantz, covering his 22nd Final Four, and Emmy Award-winning analyst Packer, covering his 33rd consecutive Final Four and Championship game. This marks the 17th consecutive year the duo will call college basketball's premier event.

Play-By-Play/Analyst

Jim Nantz/Billy Packer

Dick Enberg/Jay Bilas

Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery

James Brown/Len Elmore

Gus Johnson/Dan Bonner

Kevin Harlan/Bob Wenzel

Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel

Tim Brando/Mike Gminski

Bob Dekas is coordinating producer of CBS Sports' NCAA basketball coverage, and Bob Fishman is the lead director. Eric Mann is Senior Producer. Mann, David Winner and Vin DeVito produce THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR studio coverage. Bob Matina directs.

Tony Petitti is Executive Vice President and Executive Producer, CBS Sports.

The complete broadcast schedule follows.

CBS SPORTS 2007 NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Date Time (ET) Game(s) and Specials Coverage

Thurs., March 15

12:00 Noon-5:00 PM FIRST ROUND DOUBLEHEADER Regional Winston-Salem, N.C. Buffalo, N.Y. Lexington, Ky. Sacramento, Calif.

7:00 PM-12:00 AM FIRST ROUND DOUBLEHEADER Regional

(same sites as above listing)

Fri., March 16

12:00 Noon-5:00 PM FIRST ROUND DOUBLEHEADER Regional Columbus, Ohio Chicago, Ill. . New Orleans, La. Spokane, Wash.

7:00 PM-12:00 AM FIRST ROUND DOUBLEHEADER Regional

(same sites as above listing)

Sat., March 17

12:00 Noon-1:00 PM THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR National

1:00 -10:00 PM SECOND ROUND QUADRUPLEHEADER Regional Winston-Salem, N.C. Buffalo, N.Y. Lexington, Ky. Sacramento, Calif.

Sun., March 18

12:00 Noon-7:00 PM SECOND ROUND TRIPLEHEADER Regional Columbus, Ohio Chicago, Ill. . New Orleans, La. Spokane, Wash.

Thurs., March 22

7:00 PM-12:00 AM REGIONAL SEMIFINAL DOUBLEHEADER Regional San Antonio, Texas San Jose, Calif.

Fri., March 23

7:00 PM-12:00 AM REGIONAL SEMIFINAL DOUBLEHEADER Regional East Rutherford, N.J. St. Louis, Mo.

Sat., March 24

1:00-3:00 PM MEN'S DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP National Mass Mutual Center Springfield, Mass.

3:00-4:30 PM THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR National

4:30-9:00 PM REGIONAL FINAL DOUBLEHEADER National San Antonio, Texas San Jose, Calif.

Sun., March 25

2:00-2:30 PM THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR National

2:30-7:00 PM REGIONAL FINAL DOUBLEHEADER National East Rutherford, N.J. St. Louis, Mo. .

Sat., March 31

2:00-3:00 PM CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR National Geico Presents College Basketball's Ten Greatest Shooters

3:00-3:30 PM ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR National "Outside the Games"

3:30-6:00 PM THE FINAL FOUR SHOW National Georgia Dome Atlanta, Ga.

6:00-11:00 PM NCAA MEN'S FINAL FOUR National Georgia Dome Atlanta, Ga.

Mon., April 2

9:00 PM-Conclusion PRELUDE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP National Georgia Dome Atlanta, Ga. . NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP National Georgia Dome Atlanta, Ga.





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