Basketball Fans Are Not Happy About Major Change To How Teams Are Revealed On March Madness Selection Show
Selection Show Will Open With Announcement Of 68-Team Field
Have you ever sat down to watch the NCAA March Madness Selection Show and wished that they would just reveal every tournament team at once?
Do you just think the cut-aways to the teams seeing their names announced are dumb? The screaming and yelling from their fans hurts your ears, you say?
If any of those things apply to you I really don’t even know how to respond. And unfortunately, you will kind of get your wish. Just know that I blame you and college basketball fans everywhere really dislike you.
CBS and Turner Sports announced yesterday that they will be making some changes to their selection show coverage. The NCAA March Madness Selection Show will air on TBS on Sunday, March 11 and begin at 5 pm (St. Louis time). You will also be able to stream the show on NCAA.com.
TBS will air the Final Four games on March 31 as well as the National Championship on April 2 this year. Earlier round games will air on CBS, TNT and truTV as well as TBS.
Ernie Johnson, Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg, Charles Barkley, Seth Davis and Kenny Smith will be in front of a live audience in Atlanta for the two-hour selection show telecast. The show will open with all 68 teams participating in the 2018 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball being announced. After the teams are announced, the match-ups will be announced one-by-one. The rest of the telecast will also feature interviews with participating coaches and players and well as team and fan reactions, according to the release.
This knee-jerk reaction is likely in response to the 2016 leak of the full tournament bracket during the selection show.
Changes Already Unpopular
While the criticism of the changes will be loudest on March 11, the early reactions have already been overwhelmingly negative.
STOP CHANGING THINGS THAT DON’T NEED CHANGING!!! https://t.co/ww7QfIjrBE
— Shannon Ryan (@sryantribune) March 6, 2018
Social Madness Preshow To Last 4 Hours
In another move that doesn’t really make a lot of sense, a four-hour “Social Madness social media preshow” will take place before the selection show. Fans can view that on NCAA.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Bleacher Report if they really want to.
Andy Katz, Steve Smith, Seth Davis, Brendan Haywood and Casey Stern are scheduled to be on the preshow.
The social media preshow makes about as much sense as ESPN putting Katie Nolan on a show that will only air on Snapchat.
Speaking of, why won’t it air on Snapchat? Maybe it was going to be on there before Kylie Jenner informed us all that Snapchat is dead?
SEC Tournament Taking Place This Week In St. Louis
The 2018 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament officially begins tonight at Scottrade Center in Downtown St. Louis.
Vanderbilt will face Georgia in the tournament’s first game and Mississippi will face South Carolina in the night’s second game.
Missouri, the tournament’s #5 seed, will face the winner of the Vanderbilt-Georgia contest at 2:30 pm tomorrow. A win would pit the Tigers against the Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday afternoon.
The SEC Champion will be determined on Sunday afternoon at Scottrade. Tip-off for the championship game is set for Noon and the game will be shown nationally on ESPN.
The 2017 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament is in St. Louis for the first time this year. The tournament was held in Nashville from 2015-2017. The Nashville Sports Council estimated that the 2017 tournament was attended by 190,363 fans over its five days. The council estimated direct spending in the city from those fans at more than $21.4 million .
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