TBS to Broadcast NCAA Championship Game

For the first time ever, TBS will broadcast the men’s NCAA basketball final.

TBS will broadcast the National Championship on Monday, April 4 marking the first time the title game has been televised on cable in the 78-year history of the event. Coverage will tip off from NRG Stadium in Houston with the Capital One Championship Central pre-game show from 7:00-9:00 PM, ET. For the third consecutive year TBS will televise the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 6:00 PM.

Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and reporter Tracy Wolfson will call the Final Four National Semifinals and National Championship for the second consecutive year.

The move to TBS for the final means only cable subscribers will be able to watch the game, which had been on CBS in the past. CBS will host the final next year and will alternate with TBS until 2024 as part of the networks’ $10.8 billion deal with the NCAA signed in 2010.

Additionally, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will offer team-specific, originally produced telecasts of this year’s National Championship and Final Four National Semifinals with the return of “Team Stream by Bleacher Report” on TNT and truTV. Team Streams are tailored specifically for each of the teams competing. The six unique telecasts will feature separate announce teams and multiple viewing options highlighting each of the competing schools.

On-site Final Four studio coverage airing on TBS on Saturday, April 2 will begin with At the Final Four presented by Infiniti from 3:00-4:00 PM, followed by the Final Four Show from 4:00-6:00 PM.

The Regional Final games will once again be split by CBS and TBS. CBS this year will air the games on Saturday, March 26 beginning at 6:00 PM, while TBS will televise the games on Sunday evening, March 27 with action also tipping at 6:00 PM.