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[03/08/05 - 12:00 AM]
CBS Sports to Broadcast 24th Consecutive Ncaa Men's Basketball Championship Beginning with First-Round Action on Thursday, March 17

[via press release from CBS]

CBS SPORTS TO BROADCAST 24TH CONSECUTIVE NCAA MEN�S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINNING WITH FIRST-ROUND ACTION ON THURSDAY, MARCH 17

Tournament Schedule and Broadcast Pairings Announced

"March Madness" returns to the CBS Television Network when CBS Sports broadcasts the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship for the 24th consecutive season. Exclusive live, network coverage begins on Thursday, March 17 and concludes on Monday, April 4 with the National Championship game from the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo.

THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR, the Network's studio show, tips off CBS's coverage of first- round games on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 (12:00 Noon-5:00 PM, ET and 7:00 PM-12:00 AM, ET, both days/nights) and is hosted by Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Lesley Visser, Bonnie Bernstein and Armen Keteyian serve as contributors to THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR throughout CBS Sports coverage of the tournament.

CBS Sports broadcasts the one-hour NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SELECTION SHOW on Sunday, March 13 (6:00-7:00 PM, ET), during which the exclusive, live, first-time announcement of the pairings for the NCAA Tournament are made. The show originates from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.

Following is the CBS Sports roster of announce teams for first and second-round action, led by Jim Nantz, covering his 20th Final Four and Emmy Award-winning analyst Billy Packer, covering his 31st consecutive Final Four and Championship game. This marks the 15th consecutive year the duo will call college basketball�s premier event.

Play-By-Play/Analyst//Reporters

Jim Nantz/Billy Packer//Bonnie Bernstein
Dick Enberg/Jay Bilas//Armen Keteyian
Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Solomon Wilcots
Gus Johnson/Len Elmore//Tracy Wolfson
Kevin Harlan/Dan Bonner
Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel
Craig Bolerjack/Bob Wenzel
Tim Brando/Mike Gminski

Reporters Bernstein, Keteyian, Solomon Wilcots and Tracy Wolfson will join their respective broadcast teams for CBS Sports� regional coverage during the second week of the tournament.

Bob Dekas is coordinating producer of CBS Sports� NCAA basketball coverage, and Bob Fishman is the lead director. Eric Mann is Senior Producer. Mann, David Winner and Vin DeVito produce THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR studio coverage. Bob Matina directs.

Tony Petitti is Executive Producer, CBS Sports.

The complete broadcast schedule follows.

CBS SPORTS 2005 NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Date Time (ET) Game(s) and Specials (Coverage)

Thurs., March 17

12:00 Noon-5:00 PM FIRST ROUND DOUBLEHEADER (Regional)
Cleveland, Ohio
Indianapolis, Ind.
Boise, Idaho
Tucson, Ariz.

7:00 PM-12:00 AM FIRST ROUND DOUBLEHEADER (Regional)
(same sites as above listing)

Fri., March 18

12:00 Noon-5:00 PM FIRST ROUND DOUBLEHEADER (Regional)
Worcester, Mass.
Charlotte, N.C.
Nashville, Tenn.
Oklahoma City, Okla.

7:00 PM-12:00 AM FIRST ROUND DOUBLEHEADER (Regional)
(same sites as above listing)

Sat., March 19

12:00 Noon-1:00 PM THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR (National) 1:00 -10:00 PM SECOND ROUND QUADRUPLEHEADER (Regional)
Cleveland, Ohio
Indianapolis, Ind.
Boise, Idaho
Tucson, Ariz.

Sun., March 20

12:00 Noon-7:00 PM SECOND ROUND TRIPLEHEADER (Regional)
Worcester, Mass.
Charlotte, N.C.
Nashville, Tenn.
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Thurs., March 24

7:00 PM-12:00 AM REGIONAL SEMIFINAL DOUBLEHEADER (Regional)
Chicago, Ill.
Albuquerque, N.M.

Fri., March 25

7:00 PM-12:00 AM REGIONAL SEMIFINAL DOUBLEHEADER (Regional)
Syracuse, N.Y.
Austin, Texas

Sat., March 26

1:00-3:00 PM MEN'S DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP (National)
Ralph Engelstad Arena
Grand Forks, N.D.

3:00-4:30 PM THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR (National)

4:30-9:00 PM REGIONAL FINAL DOUBLEHEADER (National)
Chicago, Ill.
Albuquerque, N.M.

Sun., March 27

12:30-2:00 PM CBS SPORTS SPECIAL � �Tragedy to Triumph: The Maryland Basketball Odyssey� (National) (encore presentation; 4/6/03)

2:00-2:30 PM THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR (National)

2:30-7:00 PM REGIONAL FINAL DOUBLEHEADER (National)
Syracuse, N.Y.
Austin, Texas

Sat., April 2

2:00-3:00 PM CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR (National)
�DELL PRESENTS COLLEGE BASKETBALL�S 25 GREATEST PLAYERS�

3:00-3:30 PM THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR (National)
�Outside the Games�

3:30-6:00 PM THE FINAL FOUR SHOW (National)
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Mo.

6:00-11:00 PM NCAA MEN�S FINAL FOUR (National)
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Mo.

Sun., April 3

3:00-4:30 PM CBS SPORTS SPECIAL: (National)
�Wilt Chamberlain: Larger Than Life�
(encore presentation; 4/4/04)

4:30-6:00 PM CBS SPORTS SPECIAL: (National)
�Glory in Black and White: The Story of the 1966
NCAA Basketball Champions�
(encore presentation; 3/31/02)

Mon., April 4

9:00 PM-Conclusion PRELUDE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP (National)
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Mo.

NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (National)
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Mo.





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