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Men's College basketball on television includes the broadcasting of college basketball games, as well as pre- and post-game reports, analysis, and human-interest stories. Within the United States, the college version of basketball annually garners high television ratings.

Televising the games allows alumni to follow their alma mater's team, as well as competing schools and top-ranked schools nationally. Not all games are televised. Coverage is dependent on negotiations between the broadcaster and the college basketball conference or team. In general, major programs will be televised more often than smaller programs. The televised games may change from year-to-year depending on which teams are having a strong season, although some traditional rivalry games are broadcast each year. Major match-ups between top-ranked teams or major rivals are often broadcast nationally. Some games are traditionally associated with a specific event or holiday, and viewing the game itself can become a holiday tradition for fans.



The NCAA believed that broadcasting one game a week would prevent further controversy while limiting any decrease in attendance. However, the Big Ten Conference was unhappy with the arrangement, and it pressured the NCAA to allow regional telecasts as well. Finally, in 1955 the NCAA revised its plan, keeping eight national games while permitting regional telecasts during five specified weeks of the season. This was essentially the television plan that stayed in place until the University of Oklahoma and the University of Georgia filed suit against the NCAA in 1981, alleging antitrust violations.



On June 27, 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in NCAA v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma that the NCAA's television plan violated the Sherman Antitrust Act. As a result, individual schools and athletic conferences were freed to negotiate contracts on their own behalf. Together with the growth of cable television, this ruling resulted in the explosion of broadcast options currently available.

One of the most significant side-effects of the changes in television policy since 1984 has been the sharp decrease in independent schools and realignment of athletic conferences, as schools sought to pool and increase their bargaining power.

Notably, each college playing a basketball game is allowed to run a commercial for their school during the halftime break, as is the teams' conference(s).

Broadcast rights


In addition, some regional syndicators broadcast games on over the air television. Most notably Raycom Sports, and ESPN Plus syndicate their games to broadcast stations.

Raycom in the early 1990s paid ABC $1.8 million for six weeks of network airtime of 26 regional games. The format allowed Raycom to control the games and sell the advertising.[1]

Cable stations

Regional cable networks have long devoted coverage to one or two conferences. The Pac-10 and Big 12 have had deals with Fox Sports Net since 1996, which airs games on its regional family of networks.

The Mountain West Conference has entered into an arrangement with CBS College Sports Network to develop a new regional network called "the Mountain" or "mtn" that is devoted to broadcasting the league's games.[2] The Big Ten also has a similar regional network, with the Big Ten Network having made its debut in August 2007.


ESPN has been airing regular season games since 1980, ESPN2 since 1993, ESPNU since 2005, and to a lesser extent ESPN Classic will show fewer games per season.

College basketball has been a staple for nearly the whole history of ESPN. Scotty Connal, then-vice president of the all-sports network in Bristol, Conn., offered Dick Vitale a position, shortly after being fired from the Detroit Pistons. The coverage of college basketball and the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament increased both college basketball and ESPN's credibility [3].

Current lineup

By home team


NCAA Tournament

In 1974, Brent Musburger started using the term March Madness when describing the tournament[4].

In 1991, CBS received exclusive rights to the entire tournament for the first time. Previously, ESPN had aired early round games.[5]


The ESPN family of networks currently air the NIT games.


Current lineup (for 2009-10)

  1. Jim Nantz or Verne Lundquist or Ian Eagle and Clark Kellogg
  2. Verne Lundquist or Don Criqui or Spero Dedes or Gus Johnson and Greg Anthony
  3. Verne Lundquist or Kevin Harlan and Bill Raftery
  1. Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, and Erin Andrews (Primarily ACC)
  2. Brent Musburger, Steve Lavin or Bob Knight, and Erin Andrews (Primarily Big Ten)
  3. Mike Patrick, Dick Vitale or Len Elmore (Primarily ACC or Big East)
  4. Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas, and Bill Raftery (Primarily Big East)
  5. Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes, and Jeannine Edwards (Primarily SEC)
  6. Ron Franklin, Fran Fraschilla, and Holly Rowe (Primarily Big 12)
  7. Dave O'Brien, Doris Burke or Steve Lavin, and Allen Hopkins (Primarily Big East or Big Ten)
  8. Dave Pasch, Len Elmore, and Allen Hopkins (Primarily Big Ten or Big East)
  9. Dave Pasch or John Saunders and Bob Valvano (Primarily Big East)
  10. Terry Gannon and Stephen Bardo (Primarily Western teams or Mid-Majors)
  11. Bob Wischusen and Adrian Branch (Primarily Big East or Big 12)
  12. Jon Sciambi and Hubert Davis (Primarily Atlantic 10)
  1. Steve Physioc or Barry Tompkins or Derrin Horton or Marques Johnson, or Miles Simon and Michael Eaves or Charissa Thompson
  2. Tim Brando, or Mike Hogewood Mike Gminski, and Jenn Hildreth
  3. Ron Thulin, Dan Bonner, or Miles Simon and Debbie Antonelli
  4. Barry Tompkins, or Steve Physioc and Dan Belluomini or Don Mclean or Sean Farnham
  5. Dan Mclaughlin, or Bob Rathbun and Larry Conley and Samantha Steele
  6. Paul Sunderland or Sean Farnham or Patrick O'Neal or Josh Lewin or Ted Robinson or Allen Hopkins and Sean Farnham or Michael Cage or Dan Belluomini
  1. Dan McLaughlin and Mike Kelley
  2. Clay Matvick and Dickey Simpkins
  3. Dave Armstrong and Reid Gettys
  4. Jim Barbar and Jay Williams
  5. Todd Harris and Krista Blunk
  6. Quint Kessenich and Mark Adams
  7. Rob Stone and Jay Williams
CBS College Sports Network
  1. Tom Hart or Dave Ryan or Tom Mccarthy and Pete Gillen
  2. Dave Ryan or Tom Hart and Steve Lappas
  3. Thad Anderson and Rich Zvosec or Greg Anthony
  4. Greg Heister and Craig Ehlo and Francis Williams
Big Ten Network
  1. Gus Johnson or Tom Hamilton or Mark Neely or Brent Stover and Trent Tucker or Tim Doyle or Jon Crispin or Jim Jackson
  2. Wayne Larrivee or Jay Wilson or Dave Revsine and Shon Morris or Bob Ford
  3. Mark Neely or Gus Johnson or Tom Werme or Ari Wolffe and John Laskowski
Raycom Sports - ACC
  1. Steve Martin and Mike Gminski
  2. Tim Brant and Dan Bonner or Jason Capel
  3. Tim Brando or Bob Rathbun and Mike Gminski

Famous calls or catchphrases


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