Turner Sports to use 'teamcasts' for Final Four coverage

Team-oriented telecasts will air on TNT and truTV
by Mel Bracht Published: March 11, 2014

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.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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