Men's college basketball on television
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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 first televised college basketball game occurred during the "experimental" era of television's broadcasting history, when a game between Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh was broadcast on February 28, 1940, from Madison Square Garden.
In 1968, the "Game of the Century", played between UCLA and Houston, was syndicated by the TVS Television Network, attracting a significant television audience. The game is widely cited as a catalyst for the explosion and expansion of the televised college basketball landscape.
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.
Regional cable networks have long devoted coverage to one or two conferences. The Pac-12 and Big 12 have had deals with Fox Sports since 1996, which airs games on its regional family of networks.
The Big Ten has a similar regional network, with the Big Ten Network having made its debut in August 2007. Texas has their own deal which created the Longhorn Network in fall of 2011. While BYU has BYUtv, it is not a separate deal that created a regional sports network.
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.
By home team
- CBS: ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East, Pac-12, SEC, American
- ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU: A10, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East, Horizon, MAC, MEAC, MVC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, SWAC, WAC, WCC, and American
- Fox Sports Networks: Pac-12, ACC and SEC
- CBS Sports Network: Mountain West Conference, Conference USA, Atlantic 10 Conference, American and Patriot League
- NBC Sports Network: Atlantic 10 Conference, Colonial Athletic Association (including the Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Tournament), Ivy League, Mountain West Conference
- Big Ten Network: Big Ten
- Raycom Sports: ACC
- BYUtv: BYU, BYU-Hawaii, and West Coast Conference
- Longhorn Network: Texas
- Pac-12 Network: Pac-12
- FX and Fox: Share Pac-12 Men's Tournament beginning in 2012-2013 with ESPN.
- AXS TV: Night games for the inaugural Paradise Jam Tournament.
In 1991, CBS received exclusive rights to the entire tournament for the first time. Previously, ESPN had aired early round games. Beginning in 2011, CBS shared the early tournament rounds with TBS, TNT, and TruTV. The Final Four will alternate between CBS and TBS starting in 2016.
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Famous calls or catchphrases
- "You are looking live at (insert stadium or arena)!" – Brent Musburger
- "It's Awesome Baby"!" – Dick Vitale
- "(any team) will go man-to-man" - Bill Raftery
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