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More ways to watch March Madness

March 14, 2011|Bob Johnson, WSBT-TV Director of Operations & Programming

This year’s NCAA tournament has good news and bad news for WSBT-TV viewers. The good news? Viewers will be able to watch all March Madness games. The bad? The game you want to see may not be on CBS.

For the first time in the NCAA tournament’s 73-year history, all the men’s games will be available in their entirety across four national television networks: CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. This 14-year agreement between CBS Sports, Turner Sports and the NCAA allows the viewer to be the programmer, by watching and switching between all of the game action across the four networks. The new format features staggered start times and extended programming hours and will give viewers the ability to watch more live game action throughout the day.

WSBT-TV viewers who are accustomed to watching the tournament exclusively on CBS will have to look a bit farther afield for their favorite games.


This Thursday, for example, Michigan State plays UCLA on TBS at 9:30 p.m., and on Friday Michigan fans will see their team take on Tennessee at 12:40 p.m. on truTV, while Notre Dame will play Akron at 1:40 on TBS, and Purdue meets St. Peters at 7:20 p.m. on TNT.

For those viewers without access to cable television, there are other options for watching games of interest. WSBT-TV will place a link on its web site to, where fans can watch games online for free. Also, all ND basketball games will be broadcast live on WSBT 960 AM.

For additional NCAA Tournament coverage, WSBT Sports will begin live reports from Chicago on Thursday, March 17, and will follow Notre Dame throughout their tournament run. Tune into WSBT News at 5, 6, and after the games at night for the latest Notre Dame NCAA Tournament news.

Stay tuned to WSBT-TV or for game channels and times.

Bob Johnson

Director of Operations & Programming, WSBT-TV

Direct Line: 574-247-7860

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