CBS sportscaster Doug Gottlieb is looking forward to the marathon of broadcasting four NCAA Tournament games in one day Thursday, including Oklahoma’s opener against North Dakota State in Spokane, Wash.
“As far as broadcasting workouts, it’s better than P90X,” Gottlieb said in a phone interview.
Gottlieb, 38, a former Oklahoma State point guard, experienced that same challenge last year at Salt Lake City, including calling Harvard’s upset victory over New Mexico and Wichita State over Gonzaga, and admitted it can be a test. He also called four Mountain West quarterfinal games this year.
“Last year, the last game was Harvard-New Mexico and my boss sent me a text, ‘Don’t let your energy slip,’” he said. “You do get tired in that fourth game. By the end of the night, you’re good and done. You’re cooked.”
Gottlieb will team with play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes and reporter Jaime Maggio for the second year in a row.
“I don’t think you pace yourself,” Gottlieb said. “Every game you got to remember the important storylines, forecast the game and do your job. You don’t want to get caught the fourth game where everybody is paying attention to you, you don’t have the right level of energy.”
He said it is important that he and the play-by-play announcer bring the same intensity to the broadcast.
“You can’t be an 11 and he’s at a 7,” Gottlieb said.
Gottlieb, who hosts a show from 2-5 p.m. on CBS Sports Radio and co-hosts “Lead-Off” at 11 weeknights on CBS Sports Network, said he prefers calling games over studio work, but enjoys both roles.