[01/20/11 - 07:13 AM]
CBS Sports and Turner Sports Combine Rosters for All-Star Line-up of Announcers for Coverage of 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship
The championship tips-off with the "NCAA First Tour" on truTV Tuesday, March 15.

[via press release from Turner]


CBS Sports and Turner Sports have combined their talent rosters to form an all-star line-up of announcers for coverage of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, it was announced today by David Levy, President of Sales, Distribution and Sports, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports. The announcers will make appearances across CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV.

The line-up is the latest enhancement to tournament coverage as part of the 14-year agreement between the NCAA, CBS and Turner which will provide live, full national coverage of the championship's 67 games across multiple platforms for the first time.

The championship tips-off with the NCAA FIRST FOUR on truTV Tuesday, March 15, with Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr calling the action, with Tracy Wolfson courtside. Nantz, Kellogg, Kerr and Wolfson will team up again when the tournament concludes with the Final Four and Championship game on Saturday, April 2 and Monday, April 4 on CBS Sports. Nantz will be covering his 26th Final Four and National Championship, Kellogg will be working both events for the third time, with Kerr joining to call his first Final Four and National Championship. Gus Johnson and Len Elmore, along with courtside reporter Craig Sager, will handle the call for the FIRST FOUR games on Wednesday, March 16, on truTV.

Two studios, based in New York and Atlanta, will be used to cover all the action. Studio coverage will be anchored by Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson, who will share hosting duties during each day. Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony and Kenny Smith will provide analysis throughout the tournament alongside Gumbel or Johnson from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York. Analysts Reggie Miller and Seth Davis will join the New York studio rotation for the second week of the tournament. Matt Winer will host the studio coverage from Turner's Atlanta studio with analysts Davis and Steve Smith.

The studio coverage for Tuesday's FIRST FOUR games will feature Gumbel, Johnson, Barkley, Anthony and Kenny Smith. On Wednesday, Winer, Steve Smith and Davis will be in studio offering analysis.

Following is the roster of announce teams for the second and third rounds:

*Semi-final and Regional Final Announce Teams

Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg*
Marv Albert/Steve Kerr*
Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery*
Gus Johnson/Len Elmore*
Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/ Dan Bonner
Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel
Tim Brando/Mike Gminski
Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel

Tracy Wolfson, Craig Sager, Lesley Visser, David Aldridge, Sam Ryan and Marty Snider will serve as reporters throughout the tournament.

"As we embark on this new 14-year partnership with CBS and the NCAA, we've assembled a strong lineup of announcers who will be sharing their insights and analysis throughout the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship across TBS, TNT, truTV and CBS," said Levy. "The high caliber of on-air broadcasters that we have been able to secure is as diverse and talented as any that's ever been assembled in sports and will ensure that college basketball fans will enjoy informative and entertaining telecasts from the tip-off of the FIRST FOUR on truTV through the National Championship Game."

"This is as deep a talent roster as there is anywhere in sports television," said McManus. "CBS Sports and Turner Sports have combined many of the most entertaining and honored voices in the business for our coverage of the Tournament. It will make for a remarkable range of expertise and entertainment throughout this great event, from tip-off on truTV to the crowning of a new champion on CBS Sports for the 30th straight year."

About Turner Sports

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., presents some of the best and most popular sporting events worldwide and is a leader in televised and online sports programming. With events airing on TBS, TNT and truTV, Turner Sports' line-up includes NASCAR and NASCAR.COM, the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, NCAA Digital, professional golf, PGATOUR.COM and PGA.com. Turner Sports' diverse portfolio also offers a collection of mobile Web sites and apps featuring NBA, NASCAR and professional golf content, along with Turner Sports' first branded consumer product, SportsNOW. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

About CBS Sports

CBS Sports, a year-round leader in television sports, broadcasts a portfolio of events on the CBS Television Network, including the NFL's American Football Conference; THE NFL TODAY; college basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship; golf, including The Masters(R) and PGA Championship; college football, including the SEC ON CBS; the U.S. Open Tennis Championships; CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR, including track & field, auto racing and gymnastics. In addition, the division directs the CBS College Sports Network, a 24-hour national cable network; produces Inside the NFL for Showtime; and partners with CBS Sports.com in creating a recognized leader among sports Internet destinations.

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