Sports fans often accuse announcers of being biased against their favorite teams. In next month’s men’s Final Four semifinal games airing on Turner Sports, fans of the competing teams can do something about it by picking a special “Teamcast” from their team’s point of view.
Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr will handle the main broadcast on TBS. But, for example, if Syracuse and Duke meet in one semifinal, the Syracuse radio announcers might call the game from the Orange perspective on TNT and Duke's radio crew would provide the Blue Devils’ take on the truTV “Teamcast.”
“If you're a Syracuse fan or a Duke fan, ultimately you want to feel like you're watching that home team kind of game,” Turner Sports President David Levy said Tuesday on a conference call.
The three separate productions will require a separate TV truck with a producer and director for each telecast. The “Teamcast” will use four additional cameras to offer team-centric angles.
For the fourth consecutive year, Turner Sports and CBS will provide live coverage of all 67 games across four networks: TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. Turner Sports will air the Final Four semifinals from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the first time. The championship game will remain on CBS.
Big 12 tournament coverage
The Big 12 Network and ESPN will combine to carry the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament from Kansas City, Mo. The Big 12 network, including KOCB-34 locally, will air the first-round games Wednesday night and quarterfinal games Thursday night with Dave Armstrong and analyst Reid Gettys. Reporter Holly Rowe also will work the Thursday night games.
The remainder of the tourney will air on ESPN with Brent Musburger, analyst Fran Fraschilla and Rowe.
•The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will be featured in ESPN’s Wednesday night doubleheader. Miami hosts Brooklyn at 6 p.m. (Mike Breen, analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Lisa Salters) and San Antonio hosts Portland at 8:30 p.m. (Dave Pasch, analyst Doug Collins and reporter J.A. Adande). ABC will have a good match-up at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the red-hot Houston Rockets at Miami. (Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Salters).
•Next week’s ESPN lineup will include a special St. Patrick’s Day doubleheader on Monday, beginning at 7 p.m. with the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chicago Bulls (Breen, Brown and Salters) and the L.A. Clippers at Denver (Mike Tirico, analyst Jon Barry and reporter Heather Cox).