A mix of talented broadcasters and former standout players will comprise the Turner sports’ inaugural “Teamcasts” slated for Saturday evening at AT&T Stadium.
The standard, non-biased coverage will be on TBS with Jim Nantz and Greg Anthony of CBS Sports joined by Turner’s Steve Kerr on the call. Tracy Wolfson of CBS will handle sideline duties.
Also in Arlington, you will get a choice of hearing and seeing images geared toward that school. Four separate camera angles and graphics in their own school colors will add to the true variety of this night.
Here are the key details, as released on April 1 by both CBS and Turner Sports:
NATIONAL SEMIFINAL NUMBER ONE, 6:09 p.m. Eastern Time:
TNT Florida call:
David Steele, voice of NBA’s Orlando Magic; Mark Wise, analyst for Florida Gators; sidelines handled by Florida alum James Bates.
TruTV Connecticut call:
Eric Frede, studio host at Comcast Sports Net of New England; former UConn star and current analyst on Fox Sports One Donny Marshall; sidelines handled by WNBA star and UConn alum Swin Cash.
NATIONAL SEMIFINAL NUMBER TWO, approximately 8:49 p.m. Eastern Time:
TNT Kentucky call:
Rob Bromley, has covered the Wildcats for UKTV since 1980 and works at WKYT, the CBS affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky; analysis to be done by Westwood One reporter/UK alum Rex Chapman; sidelines handled by WKYT Sports colleague Dave Baker.
TruTV Wisconsin call:
The always excitable Wayne Larrivee (veteran announcer for Westwood One, formerly of Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Cubs, currently with WTMJ Milwaukee covering the Green Bay Packers and the Big Ten Network) will be paired with 2000 Final Four participant Mike Kelley. No word on who will do the sidelines.
For those that live outside the Midwest, you will be in for a treat if you stick around to hear the Wisconsin call. Just pay attention to the key details and the excitement in Wayne’s voice each time he says, “Ring it up” after a player hits a three or when it is a one-point game when we hear him say, “the slimmest of margins.”
Bottom line–this is different than what ESPN did during the final BCS football game on January 7. They had the same announcers in Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit, but the broadcast was covered from several different points of view: ESPN2 had celebrity commentary, ESPNEWS brought in Matt Millen to head a roundtable of four coaches talking about each play from scrimmage, and the ESPN3 online vehicle focused on a group of students hanging on every score. The real purists managed to tune to nothing but the bands and the crowd noise on ESPN Classic.
My choice, if I had to pick one channel–it would be TruTV. I think the SEC might get too top-heavy in getting too dramatic for my tastes, because the only time I have heard of these people is seeing some clips on YouTube.
Just like going to a different Mexican restaurant or pizza place that you have never been to before, but you read some online reviews saying it was good–this eclectic pair of school specific broadcasts promises to be both fun, and totally different!
See you late on Saturday night with my Final Four review and a brief review on which school has the edge going into the title game on Monday night.