List of NCAA Men's Final Four broadcasters

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Television[edit]

Date Network Location Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s) Sideline reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s) Trophy presentation
1963 SNI[1][2] Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky) Bill Flemming
1964 SNI Municipal Auditorium (Kansas City, Missouri) Bill Flemming Keith Jackson
1965 SNI Memorial Coliseum (Portland, Oregon) Bill Flemming
1966 SNI Cole Field House (College Park, Maryland) Bill Flemming Frank Sims
1967 SNI Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky) Bill Flemming Frank Sims
1968 SNI Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Los Angeles, California) Bill Flemming Frank Sims
1969[3][4] NBC Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky) Curt Gowdy Jim Simpson
1970 NBC Cole Field House (College Park, Maryland) Curt Gowdy Jim Simpson
1971 NBC Astrodome (Houston, Texas) Curt Gowdy Tom Hawkins
1972 NBC Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Los Angeles, California) Curt Gowdy Tom Hawkins
1973 NBC St. Louis Arena (St. Louis, Missouri) Curt Gowdy Tom Hawkins Jim Simpson
1974 NBC Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, North Carolina) Curt Gowdy Tom Hawkins
1975 NBC San Diego Sports Arena (San Diego, California) Curt Gowdy Billy Packer Jim Simpson Tim Ryan Al McGuire
1976 NBC Spectrum (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Dick Enberg Curt Gowdy John Wooden Bryant Gumbel and Lee Leonard Billy Packer Walter Byers
1977 NBC The Omni (Atlanta, Georgia) Curt Gowdy and Dick Enberg Billy Packer Bryant Gumbel
1978 NBC St. Louis Arena (St. Louis, Missouri) Dick Enberg Billy Packer and Al McGuire John Wooden Bryant Gumbel
1979 NBC Jon M. Huntsman Center (Salt Lake City, Utah) Dick Enberg Billy Packer and Al McGuire John Wooden Bryant Gumbel
1980 NBC Market Square Arena (Indianapolis, Indiana) Dick Enberg Billy Packer and Al McGuire John Wooden Bryant Gumbel
1981 NBC Spectrum (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Dick Enberg Billy Packer and Al McGuire John Wooden Bryant Gumbel Walter Byers
1982[5] CBS Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, Louisiana) Gary Bender Billy Packer Brent Musburger Walter Byers
1983 CBS University Arena (Albuquerque, New Mexico) Gary Bender Billy Packer Brent Musburger
1984 CBS Kingdome (Seattle, Washington) Gary Bender Billy Packer Brent Musburger
1985 CBS Rupp Arena (Lexington, Kentucky) Brent Musburger Billy Packer Dick Stockton
1986 CBS Reunion Arena (Dallas, Texas) Brent Musburger Billy Packer Jim Nantz
1987 CBS Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, Louisiana) Brent Musburger Billy Packer James Brown Jim Nantz
1988 CBS Kemper Arena (Kansas City, Missouri) Brent Musburger Billy Packer Lesley Visser Jim Nantz
1989 CBS Kingdome (Seattle, Washington) Brent Musburger Billy Packer Lesley Visser and James Brown Jim Nantz and James Brown
1990 CBS McNichols Sports Arena (Denver, Colorado) Brent Musburger Billy Packer Lesley Visser Jim Nantz Mike Francesa
1991[6] CBS Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Lesley Visser and James Brown Pat O'Brien Mike Francesa Dick Schultz
1992 CBS Metrodome (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Lesley Visser Pat O'Brien Mike Francesa
1993 CBS Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, Louisiana) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Lesley Visser Pat O'Brien Mike Krzyzewski (Semifinals only) and John Thompson
1994 CBS Charlotte Coliseum (Charlotte, North Carolina) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Pat O'Brien Rick Pitino (Semifinals only) and Dean Smith
1995 CBS Kingdome (Seattle, Washington) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Michele Tafoya Pat O'Brien Mike Krzyzewski and Quinn Buckner Cedric Dempsey
1996 CBS Continental Airlines Arena (East Rutherford, New Jersey) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Michele Tafoya and Andrea Joyce Pat O'Brien Quinn Buckner and Jim Harrick Cedric Dempsey
1997 CBS RCA Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Michele Tafoya and Andrea Joyce Pat O'Brien Clark Kellogg and Mike Krzyzewski Cedric Dempsey
1998 CBS Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Michele Tafoya and Armen Keteyian Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg and Dean Smith C.M. Newton
1999 CBS Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, Florida) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Bonnie Bernstein and Armen Keteyian Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg and Rick Majerus Cedric Dempsey
2000 CBS RCA Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Bonnie Bernstein and Armen Keteyian Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg and Bill Walton Cedric Dempsey
2001 CBS Metrodome (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Bonnie Bernstein and Armen Keteyian Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg and Rick Pitino Cedric Dempsey
2002 CBS Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Georgia) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Bonnie Bernstein and Armen Keteyian Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg Cedric Dempsey
2003 CBS Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, Louisiana) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Bonnie Bernstein and Armen Keteyian Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg and Tom Izzo Myles Brand
2004 CBS Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Bonnie Bernstein and Armen Keteyian Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis Myles Brand
2005 CBS Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, Missouri) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Bonnie Bernstein and Armen Keteyian Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis Myles Brand
2006 CBS RCA Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Dan Bonner Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis Craig Littlepage and Myles Brand
2007 CBS Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Georgia) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Sam Ryan Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis Gary Walters and Myles Brand
2008 CBS Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas) Jim Nantz Billy Packer Sam Ryan Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis Tom O'Connor and Myles Brand
2009 CBS Ford Field (Detroit, Michigan) Jim Nantz Clark Kellogg Tracy Wolfson Greg Gumbel Greg Anthony and Seth Davis Mike Slive and Jim Nantz
2010 CBS Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Indiana) Jim Nantz Clark Kellogg Tracy Wolfson Greg Gumbel Greg Anthony and Seth Davis Dan Guerrero and Jim Nantz
2011 CBS Reliant Stadium (Houston, Texas) Jim Nantz Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr Tracy Wolfson Greg Gumbel Greg Anthony, Seth Davis, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley Mark Emmert, Gene Smith and Jim Nantz
2012 CBS Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, Louisiana) Jim Nantz Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr Tracy Wolfson Greg Gumbel Greg Anthony, Seth Davis, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley Mark Emmert and Jim Nantz
2013 CBS Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Georgia) Jim Nantz Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr Tracy Wolfson Greg Gumbel Greg Anthony, Doug Gottlieb, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley Mark Emmert and Jim Nantz
2014 CBS (championship game)
TBS (national semifinals)
AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas) Jim Nantz Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr Tracy Wolfson Ernie Johnson and Greg Gumbel Clark Kellogg, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Grant Hill and Seth Davis Mark Emmert and Jim Nantz

Notes[edit]

1960s[edit]

  • From 1969 to 1972, both the Consolation (3rd place) Game and the Championship Game were televised on Saturday afternoon as a doubleheader. In 1969 and 1970, Curt Gowdy and Jim Simpson reversed roles for the telecast; Gowdy called the title game and Simpson earlier called the “consy.” In 1973, the final was moved to Monday night,[7] and the consy was no longer televised. In 1982, the consy game was dropped altogether.
  • Prior to 1969, the NCAA Championship was never on live network television. However, the one-time rival NIT tourney had been on CBS for many years in the 1960s and well into the 1970s. Before the NCAA allowed conferences to receive multiple bids in 1975, the NIT fielded some high-quality tournaments.

1970s[edit]

  • In 1976, Dick Enberg and Billy Packer called the first game while Packer teamed with Curt Gowdy for the second game. For the Championship Game, Dick Enberg and Curt Gowdy called it while NBC used Billy Packer as a studio analyst.

1980s[edit]

  • 1987 marked the first year that CBS used the song "One Shining Moment" for its tournament epilogue.
  • In 1988, Lesley Visser became the first woman to cover the Final Four.

1990s[edit]

  • The 1990 Championship Game marked Brent Musburger's final assignment for CBS Sports as he was dismissed (under great controversy) just a day earlier (April 1).
  • CBS did not use a sideline reporter for the 1994 Championship Game.

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

  • Despite CBS' contract to carry the tournament until 2013, the NCAA had the option of ending the agreement after the 2010 championship. This led to speculation that ESPN would snag the rights to future tournament games[10] However, on April 22, 2010, the NCAA signed a 14-year agreement with CBS and Turner Broadcasting System worth more than $10.8 billion, allowing CBS to continue airing the entire regional finals through the national championship, with CBS and Turner splitting coverage of earlier rounds in the now 68-team field. After 2015, the regional finals will be shared and the Final Four and National Championship alternating between CBS and TBS.[11]
  •   †  Expected announcer, subject to change.

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Radio[edit]

Date Network Location Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s) Sideline reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s)
1985 CBS Radio Rupp Arena (Lexington, Kentucky) Cawood Ledford Dave Gavitt and Curt Gowdy
1989 CBS Radio Kingdome (Seattle, Washington) Cawood Ledford (Semifinal and Championship) and John Rooney (Semifinal) Quinn Buckner Ron Franklin
1990 CBS Radio McNichols Sports Arena (Denver, Colorado) Cawood Ledford (Semifinal and Championship) and John Rooney (Semifinal) Quinn Buckner Ron Franklin
1991 CBS Radio Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana) Cawood Ledford (Semifinal and Championship)
John Rooney (Semifinal)
Ron Franklin (Semifinal)
Quinn Buckner (Semifinal and Championship)
1992 CBS Radio Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Cawood Ledford Quinn Buckner
1993 CBS Radio Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, Louisiana) John Rooney Bill Raftery
1995 CBS Radio Kingdome (Seattle, Washington) John Rooney (UCLA-Oklahoma State and Championship Game)
Marty Brennaman (Arkansas-North Carolina)
Bill Raftery (UCLA-Oklahoma State and Championship Game)
Ron Franklin (Arkansas-North Carolina)
1997 CBS Radio RCA Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana) John Rooney (Semifinal and Championship)
Marty Brennaman (Semifinal)
Bill Raftery (Semifinal and Championship)
Ron Franklin (Semifinal)
2003 Westwood One Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, Louisiana) Kevin Harlan John Thompson and Bill Raftery
2004 Westwood One Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas) Kevin Harlan John Thompson and Bill Raftery
2005[12] Westwood One Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, Missouri) Kevin Harlan John Thompson and Bill Raftery Jim Gray John Tautges
2006[13] Westwood One RCA Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana) Kevin Harlan John Thompson and Bill Raftery Jim Gray John Tautges
2007[14] Westwood One Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Georgia) Kevin Harlan John Thompson and Bill Raftery Jim Gray Tommy Tighe
2008 Westwood One Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas) Kevin Kugler John Thompson and Bill Raftery Jim Gray Tommy Tighe
2009 Westwood One Ford Field (Detroit, Michigan) Kevin Kugler John Thompson and Bill Raftery Jim Gray Tommy Tighe
2010 Westwood One Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Indiana) Kevin Kugler John Thompson and Bill Raftery Jim Gray John Tautges Bill Walton
2011 Westwood One Reliant Stadium (Houston, Texas) Kevin Kugler John Thompson and Bill Raftery Jim Gray John Tautges Bill Walton
2012 Dial Global Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, Louisiana) Kevin Kugler John Thompson and Bill Raftery Jim Gray John Tautges Bill Walton
2013 Dial Global Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Georgia) Kevin Kugler John Thompson and Bill Raftery Jim Gray John Tautges Bill Walton
2014 Westwood One AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas) Kevin Kugler John Thompson and Bill Raftery Jim Gray Jason Horowitz Bill Walton

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References[edit]

  1. ^ SNI endeared itself forever to basketball fans when it covered the NCAA final from Louisville in 1963, the year Loyola of Chicago rallied in the second half to upset presumably invincible Cincinnati. This telecast came up with an upset of its own. It went on against Have Gun, Will Travel and Gunsmoke and beat them both in the ratings.
  2. ^ Mar 20, 1963 - nament for the national basketball championship Saturday night will be telecast nationally for the first time since 1954. A spokesman for the said Sports Network Inc an independent company which bought package telecast rights for the 1963 tournament expects up to 140 television ...
  3. ^ "TV coverage history of the NCAA Tournament (1969-present)". Classic Sports TV and Media. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chronology of NCAA Tournament TV coverage (1969-1981)". Classic Sports TV and Media. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chronology of NCAA Tournament TV coverage (1982-1990)". Classic Sports TV and Media. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chronology of NCAA Tournament TV coverage (1991-2011)". Classic Sports TV and Media. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "The first NBC prime time NCAA basketball title game". Classic Sports TV and Media. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Sports Media Watch: National Championship numbers game.
  9. ^ The Associated Press: Packer out, Kellogg in as CBS lead hoops announcer[dead link]
  10. ^ ESPN to snag the Final Four? Don Surber, Charleston Daily Mail (West Virginia)
  11. ^ NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament Expands To 68 Teams; CBS Adds Turner To Television Team (press release via TV by the Numbers)
  12. ^ http://www.radioink.com/HeadlineEntry.asp?hid=127873&pt=archive
  13. ^ http://westwoodone.com/site/pressrelease?pid=22342
  14. ^ http://images.westwoodone.com/images/pdf/2007%20NCAA%20Announcers.pdf