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Turner, CBS to Share Final Four as NCAA Hoops Find Cable Roost
Variety ^ | May 7, 2013 | Brian Steinberg

Posted on 05/07/2013 5:29:43 PM PDT by John W

The NCAA men’s basketball championship and the Final Four that precedes it, two of TV-sports most vaunted properties, will join the lineup of a cable network that boasts reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” and episodes of Tyler Perry comedies, in a continued sign of the narrowing gap between broadcast and cable television.

CBS and Time Warner’s Turner unit said Tuesday that Turner’s TBS comedy cabler will broadcast the Final Four and the national championship game of the NCAA men’s basketball tourney starting in 2016, with CBS televising those events in 2017, and the two parties alternating through 2024.

While the idea of a major sporting event moving to cable-only may raise some eyebrows, the two media outlets agreed to this scenario in 2010, when they signed a pact to share multimedia coverage of the popular tournament and the ad dollars that flow to it as escalating rights fees made CBS’s sole broadcast of the event untenable.

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1 posted on 05/07/2013 5:29:43 PM PDT by John W
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To: John W

The ability to actually play the game left the NBA many years ago.

Now, college students can’t play either.

I won’t watch basketball at any level.

2 posted on 05/07/2013 5:31:50 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (LBJ declared war on poverty and lost. Barack Obama declared war on prosperity and won. /csmusaret)
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To: John W

Well, then, as I refuse to subsidize filth with my money - and hence don’t pay for cable TV - then I guess I won’t be watching the Final Four!

3 posted on 05/07/2013 5:45:16 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: John W

It’s tough luck for those of us who don’t subscribe any more to cable. We (this year) got a max 4 hour of NCAA on cable, and whatever was on CBS for free. There was no way to subscribe to only the NCAA games, so if you didn’t have cable that carried Turner stations, you were just out of luck. Guess I’ll just be out of luck unless they come up with another formula.

4 posted on 05/07/2013 6:03:34 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: freedumb2003

That’s one game I have absolutely no interest in.

I played it in High School and the rules have changed.

If you are a major player now you can take as many steps as you wish, and palming the ball doesn’t count any more.

Fouls only count against the lesser known players, and swinging on the net is part of the show.

Anyw I am 6 foot tall and I never could dunk. It seems to be no problem for guys 7 ft. tall who have arms 4 feet long.

Giant players have taken the sport out of the game.

5 posted on 05/07/2013 6:09:40 PM PDT by Venturer
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6 posted on 05/07/2013 7:16:46 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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