2014 NCAA Final Four to feature broadcast simulcast, 'homer' announcers' on separate channels

Jonathan Daniel

The NCAA basketball tournament will broadcast their Final Four on CBS next week. They will also simulcast it on TBS, TNT and truTV, featuring local broadcasters for each team. The NFL needs to consider this.

The 2014 NCAA basketball tournament officially has its Final Four, as the Florida Gators will face the Connecticut Huskies, and the Wisconsin Badgers will face the Kentucky Wildcats. The NCAA tournament has been a lot of fun through the first two weekends, and it is shaping up to be a great conclusion next weekend.

While I realize not all of your are college basketball fans, the Final Four will feature something NFL fans can get behind. CBS will broadcast the national semifinals and the national championship game next Saturday and Monday. However, for the semifinals, TNT, TBS and truTV will be simulcasting the game. TBS will simulcast CBS' normal coverage, but TNT and truTV will feature unique coverage never before seen on television. Those two channels will feature "Teamcast" coverage that will include commentary, pre-game, and halftime shows with local broadcast talent, and guests representing the schools in each game. So basically, you can watch the Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony CBS coverage, or you can watch the coverage of the respective teams.

I would absolutely love to see something like this for the Super Bowl. I usually have little interest in hearing the normal crews discuss the game. NBC can work with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, but CBS and FOX do not do it for me. Whether it be Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, or Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, I just don't need them. I can live with it, but that's because I don't really have any other option.

Why not work in the radio broadcast, or really any other local option to provide an alternative? When FOX is broadcasting the Super Bowl, they could use FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. When NBC is broadcasting the game, they could use NBC Sports and USA Network. When CBS is broadcasting the game, they could use CBS Sports and figure out some other channel (either another CBS network channel, or a deal with Turner like they do for the NCAA tournament).

I doubt the NFL will reach this point anytime soon, but it's a cool idea to at least consider. Maybe Roger Goodell and company will realize how much the fans would likely enjoy this kind of option.

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