08 March 2016

2016 NCAA Tournament Announcers

We were anticipating some significant changes to the CBS/Turner announcing teams for the 2016 NCAA Tournament with the announcement that Marv Albert would no longer be doing games, and boy where we right. There are some notable of changes for us to take note of and thus, let's take a look.

1. Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson
Subregional: Des Moines (Thursday/Saturday)
Regional: Louisville
Final Four

2. Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson
Subregional: St. Louis (Friday/Sunday)
Regional: Philadelphia

3. Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce
Subregional: Brooklyn (Friday/Sunday)
Regional: Anaheim

4. Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Reggie Miller, Lewis Johnson
Subregional: Raleigh (Thursday/Saturday)
Regional: Chicago

5. Ian Eagle, Len Elmore, Chris Webber, Evan Washburn
Subregional: Providence (Thursday/Saturday)

6. Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Ros Gold-Onwude 
Subregional: Spokane (Friday/Sunday)

7. Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl
First Four (Tuesday)
Subregional: Denver (Thursday/Saturday)

8. Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Jaime Maggio 
First Four (Wednesday)
Subregional: Oklahoma City (Friday/Sunday)

The studio crews largely stay the same with Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson sharing hosting duties the first weekend before Johnson hosts from Atlanta the second weekend. Matt Winer will host the first weekend and the First Four. The New York analysts will be Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith, with Doug Gottlieb joining the mix the second weekend, while the Atlanta analysts will be Seth Davis and Wally Szczerbiak, plus Swin Cash for the First Four. Johnson will host the Final Four with Barkley, Kellogg and Smith with Gumbel, Davis and Reggie Miller also in the mix. 

As you will note, the big change is that Brian Anderson is getting the promotion to working a regional. While my guess had been that it would be Ian Eagle that would be getting the second weekend assignment, that Anderson is getting is not all that surprising and considering his superb work in last year's tournament, including in that epic Midwest regional final between Kentucky and Notre Dame in relief of Marv Albert. 

But for him to work with Smith really was a surprise to me, and not because I don't like Smith because I think he did a solid job with Anderson last year in Pittsburgh. But for him to get promoted and Len Elmore, who has been working a regional for CBS since 2003, and Chris Webber, who is one of TNT's lead NBA analysts, to get demoted seemed a little odd. I thought that Elmore and Webber worked well last year, especially considering it was Webber's first NCAA Tournament broadcasts, including with Anderson in that aforementioned game. But they'll work with Eagle and he works well with everybody so that team could be one to watch. 

The most notable newcomer is Carter Blackburn, although he is no stranger to doing Tournament games. Blackburn worked the afternoon 1st round games in Anaheim in 2008 and in Philadelphia in 2009 with Jay Bilas in lieu of Dick Enberg. As I've said before, he's a very solid and professional announcer and he'll be a welcome addition. He'll worked with Mike Gminski, who is now on his fourth partner in four years after working with Tim Brando, Andrew Catalon and then Spero Dedes. They've only worked once before, SMU-Cincinnati on Sunday, and I missed that game.



  1. I told you Blackburn would team with Gminski & I agree with you that having Smith move up, Webber & Elmore demoted was kinda odd but I do like Anderson moving up over Eagle cuz he calls Nets games so that had to be a reason why Anderson got promoted over Eagle

    1. I don't get the Nets reasoning, considering that he still calls the second weekend of the tournament on the radio. And it's not like Anderson is off that weekend as he'll be covering spring training with the Brewers.

      What I've heard is that Westwood One didn't want to lose Eagle from the radio so they fought it a little bit.

    2. I forgot that Eagle does radio for the Sweet 16 & Elite 8 cuz I know Harlan does the Final Four & Title Game on Radio

    3. Harlan hasn't done the Final Four on radio for years now. It's been Kevin Kugler since 2008 I believe.