Kenny "The Jet" Smith is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. He played in the NBA from 1987 to 1997 as a member of the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets. Nicknamed "The Jet", Smith was an All-American at the University of North Carolina and a two-time NBA Champion with the Houston Rockets. Smith is a basketball analyst, has won several Emmys for his work on Inside the NBA on TNT, he works as an analyst for CBS/Turner during the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Smith was born in Jamaica, New York and grew up in LeFrak City, he played some of his earliest basketball at New York's Riverside Church. Smith attended Archbishop Molloy High School, where he was coached by Jack Curran, the winningest high school coach in New York City and New York State history. Smith was named a McDonald's All-American in 1983 played basketball at the University of North Carolina for Dean Smith.
Smith credits former South Carolina State star Bobby Lewis with his development as a shooter and ballhandler. Lewis averaged 30.9 points per game and was a First Team Division II All-American as a senior at South Carolina State. He developed the Bobby Lewis Basketball Skills Development Program, a training regimen that he presented at basketball camps around the country. Smith attended several of his lectures while in high school, continued to use Lewis's drills throughout his basketball career, teaches them at his own basketball camps. Of Lewis, Smith said, "He's the best lecturer ever, he had the best influence in terms of my workout regimen without question." Kenny Smith joined Michael Jordan as a freshman on a North Carolina team, a Pre-season #1 and finished the season ranked #1 with a 28–3 record. Smith averaged 9.1 points and 5.0 assists per game, the Tar Heels lost to the Indiana University in the Regional Semifinals of the 1984 NCAA Tournament. He led North Carolina to the Elite Eight in 1985, losing to eventual National Champion Villanova Wildcats.
Smith was named a Consensus All-American as senior in 1987, averaging 16.9 points, 6.1 assists per game while helping North Carolina to return to the Elite Eight. Playing in a game that featured eleven future NBA players, Smith led the Tar Heels with 25 points and 7 assists but they lost to Syracuse University, 79–75. During his career at North Carolina, Smith averaged 12.9 points and 6.0 assists per game, while shooting.512 from the field, and.823 from the free throw line. In 1986–87, the first season the NCAA added three-point field goals, Smith shot.408. As of 2016, he ranks second in school history in total assists, fourth in total steals, fifth in assists per game. Smith helped North Carolina to a record of 115–22 from the 1983–84 to 1986–87 seasons, including two Elite Eight appearances and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1986, they won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season conference championships in 1984 and 1987, tied for first in 1985. North Carolina never finished lower than 8th in the national polls during Smith's four years at the school.
Smith represented the United States in the 1986 FIBA World Championship, on a team that included David Robinson, Muggsy Bogues and Steve Kerr. He was second on the team in scoring behind Charles Smith with 14.7 points per game. Smith scored 23 points to lead the US to an 87–85 win and the Gold Medal over a Soviet Union team that featured Arvydas Sabonis. Smith was selected as a 6'3" 170 lb point guard by the Sacramento Kings with the sixth pick of the 1987 NBA draft, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team after averaging 13.8 points and 7.1 assists per game for the Kings. Smith began his NBA career playing for Hall of Famer Bill Russell, head coach for Kings until he was fired 58 games into the'87-88 season. Smith was traded to the Atlanta Hawks midway through the 1989–90 season, where he was a reserve player for the first time in his career, averaging 7.7 points per game while only starting five of thirty-games he played for the Hawks. After the 1989–90 season, Smith was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he would spend the next six seasons.
In 1990–91 Smith averaged 17.7 points per game while leading the Rockets in assists per game and free throw percentage. He helped the Rockets to a 52 -- the best regular season in franchise history at the time, they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. Smith finished 17th in voting for the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, just ahead of teammate Hakeem Olajuwon. Head Coach Don Chaney was fired after posting a record of only 26–26 in the 1991–92 season, he was replaced by former Rocket player Rudy Tomjanovich, who went 16–14 to close out the season, missing the playoffs by one game. The Rockets went 55–27 in 1992–93, losing to Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the playoffs in seven games. Smith helped to force a game seven against Seattle by scoring 30 points, shooting 4–6 from three-point range, in a Game 6 victory for Houston; the Rockets won back-to-back championships in 1993–94 and 1994–95. From the 1992–93 to 1994–95 seasons, Kenny Smith averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 assists per game, with a three-point percentage of.425.
In 57 playoff games during the same period, Smith had nearly identical averages of 11.6 points and 4.3 assists, shooting.456 from three-point range. In the first game of the 1995 Finals against the Orlando Magic, Smith had 23 points, 9 assists and made seven three-pointers, including the game-tying shot which sent the game into overtime; the Rockets won the game 120–118, went on to sweep the Magic in four games. Smith had been losing playing time to Sam Cassell, but he co
Reginald Wayne Miller is an American retired professional basketball player who played his entire 18-year National Basketball Association career with the Indiana Pacers. Miller was known for his precision three-point shooting in pressure situations and most notably against the New York Knicks, for which he earned the nickname "Knick Killer"; when he retired, he held. He is second on the list behind Ray Allen. A five-time All-Star selection, Miller led the league in free throw accuracy five times and won a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics. Miller is considered the Pacers' greatest player of all time, his No. 31 was retired by the team in 2006. He works as an NBA commentator for TNT. On September 7, 2012, Miller was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Miller was born in California, he was born with hip deformities. After a few years of continuously wearing braces on both legs, his leg strength grew enough to compensate. One of five siblings, he comes from an athletic family.
His brother Darrell is a former Major League Baseball player. Cheryl was a member of the 1984 U. S. is an analyst for Turner Sports. One of the family anecdotes Reggie likes to recall was when Cheryl used to beat him in games of 1-on-1 prior to his professional career. According to Reggie, they quit playing when he could block Cheryl's shots. Miller claims his unorthodox shooting style was developed to arc his shot over his sister's constant shot blocking. Reggie has a final brother, Saul, Jr. who became a musician and followed his father in military service. Miller attended Riverside Polytechnic High School and the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a degree in history. In the 1984–85 NCAA season he helped the UCLA Bruins to an NIT championship. In his senior season, 1986–87, he was an All-Pac-10 selection for the second straight year, led the Bruins to a Pacific-10 regular season championship and the first Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament championship; the Three-point field goal was instituted for the 1986–87 season.
One of his most memorable performances was in the January 24, 1987 game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, where he hit a clutch 24-foot shot to put the Bruins ahead 62–59 with 10 seconds left. Another notable game was a win against defending national champion Louisville and Pervis Ellison on February 28, 1987. Miller scored 33 points in the second half, still the school record, his final game was a loss in the second round of the 1987 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament to Wyoming. He finished second in all-time scoring at UCLA behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; as of 2009, he still holds the UCLA single-season records for most league points, highest league scoring average, most free throws. He holds several individual game records. UCLA retired his No. 31 jersey in 2013, he was inducted into the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor in 2010. Miller was selected by the Pacers with the 11th pick in the first round of the 1987 NBA draft. Fans were upset that the Pacers chose Miller over New Castle, Indiana native Steve Alford.
Miller wore jersey number 31 while playing for the Pacers, backing up shooting guard John Long before he became a starter. Miller gained a respectable reputation early in his career as he led the Indiana Pacers to become a perennial playoff team. After Chuck Person was traded from the Pacers during the 1992 offseason, Miller established himself as the Pacers' primary scoring threat. On November 28, 1992, he scored a career-high 57 points against the Charlotte Hornets in a 134–122 win at Charlotte Coliseum. In this game, Miller hit 16 of 29 field goals, 4 of 11 3-pointers, 21 of 23 free throws; the 57 points he scored was the second highest total in the NBA during the 1992–93 season, still stands today as the Pacers' team record. Miller became a household name during the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals against the Knicks, due to a phenomenal shooting performance in Game 5 on June 1, 1994, in which he scored 39 points in the Pacers' 93–86 victory at Madison Square Garden. Miller made several long 3-pointers during the quarter and engaged in an animated discussion of his ongoing performance with noted Knicks fan Spike Lee, who was, as always, seated courtside.
The win gave the Pacers a 3–2 series lead over the favored Knicks, but they lost the next 2 games and the series. On May 7, 1995, Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Knicks, leading the Pacers to a stunning 107–105 victory. With 18.7 seconds remaining and the Pacers trailing 105–99, Miller took the inbounds pass from Mark Jackson, made a 3-pointer, stole the inbounds pass from Anthony Mason, dribbled back behind the arc and tied the game with another 3, stunning the crowd at Madison Square Garden. On the ensuing possession, Knicks guard John Starks was fouled by Sam Mitchell. Starks missed both free throws, although Patrick Ewing managed to get the offensive rebound, his shot was just a bit long and hit the back rim. Miller was fouled with 7.5 seconds left. He made. Trailing by 2, New York had one last chance to win the game but failed to g
Greg Gumbel is an American television sportscaster. He is best known for his various assignments for CBS Sports; the older brother of news and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel, he became the first African-American announcer to call play-by-play of a major sports championship in the United States when he announced Super Bowl XXXV for the CBS network in 2001. He is of Creole ancestry. Gumbel is a play-by-play broadcaster for the NFL on CBS alongside Trent Green as well as the studio host for CBS' men's college basketball coverage. Gumbel was born in New Orleans, the first child of parents Richard Gumbel, a judge, Rhea Alice LeCesne; as a young man, Gumbel grew up on Chicago's South Side, where he attended and graduated from De La Salle Institute. Before becoming a broadcaster, Gumbel graduated with a B. A. degree in English from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where he played on the baseball team. He has two sisters, Renee Gumbel-Farrahi and Rhonda Gumbel-Thomas. In 1973, Greg's brother Bryant Gumbel informed him that a Chicago TV station was auditioning for a sports announcer.
At the time, Greg was selling hospital supplies in Detroit. He got the job and worked there for seven years; the sportscaster he replaced, Dennis Swanson, went on to become president of ABC Sports. Prior to his rising to prominence at CBS, Gumbel worked for MSG, ESPN, WFAN radio in New York City. At ESPN, he did "play-by-play" for early NBA games. On MSG, Gumbel served as a backup announcer for Marv Albert on New York Knicks broadcasts as well as providing coverage for college basketball; when MSG signed a huge contract to broadcast New York Yankees games in 1989, Gumbel served as host of the pregame and postgame shows. In addition to his MSG duties, he was the host of the first radio morning show on radio station WFAN. Gumbel's CBS career began with part-time work as an NFL announcer in 1988. In 1989, Gumbel began announcing college basketball as well, he became host of The NFL Today for the 1990 to 1993 seasons. He anchored CBS' coverage of Major League Baseball, college football, and, in 1999, CBS' coverage for the Daytona 500.
Besides his hosting duties, Gumbel provided play-by-play for the NBA, Major League Baseball including the 1993 American League Championship Series, College World Series baseball. He was the prime time anchor for the 1994 Winter Olympic Games from Lillehammer, Norway and co-anchor for the weekday morning broadcasts of the 1992 Winter Olympics from Albertville, France. Gumbel moved to NBC in 1994 following CBS' losses of the NFL and Major League Baseball broadcasting contracts. While at NBC, Gumbel hosted NBC's coverage of the 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, he did play-by-play for the 1995 Major League Baseball National League Division Series and National League Championship Series, did play-by-play for The NBA on NBC, hosted NBC's daytime coverage of the 1996 Summer Olympics from Atlanta, hosted the 1995 World Championships of Figure Skating, served as the studio host for The NFL on NBC. Gumbel left NBC after the network broadcast of Super Bowl XXXII to return to CBS, his first major assignment was to serve as studio host for the network's coverage of college basketball, including the NCAA men's basketball tournament, something he continues to do to this day.
As CBS had just acquired the rights to NBC's previous NFL package, Gumbel joined the broadcast team as the lead announcer with fellow NBC alumnus Phil Simms as his color man. Gumbel was the lead announcer for the NFL on CBS between 1998 and 2003, calling Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII. For the 2004 NFL season, Gumbel traded positions with Jim Nantz as host of The NFL Today with Nantz taking over as lead announcer. At the end of the 2005 NFL season, Gumbel was replaced as studio host of The NFL Today by James Brown. Gumbel returned to the broadcast booth as the #2 play-by-play man, replacing Dick Enberg, alongside color man Dan Dierdorf until Dierdorf retired after the 2013–14 NFL season. Gumbel worked alongside Trent Green in the #3 team as of 2017. Greg, his wife Marcy, brother Bryant, Greg's married daughter Michelle all reside in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. In 1999, Gumbel refused to attend a NASCAR banquet honoring Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, on the basis that he disagreed with Thomas' positions on political issues.
He has appeared on Howard Stern's radio show. Along similar lines, Gumbel said of Rush Limbaugh, "I find him someone whose words and opinions I can do without." Gumbel is the third man to serve as both play-by-play announcer for Super Bowls. He hosted Super Bowls XXVI, XXX, XXXII before calling Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII. Jim Nantz became the fourth man to do so after he called Super Bowl XLI for CBS. During his tenure as the chief anchor of The NFL Today, he served alongside co-anchors Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, Boomer Esiason; the group was known to call him by his nickname "Gumby". 1979–1988: ESPN – Reporter, Play-by-play 1989: MSG Network New York Yankees – Play-by-play 1989–1994: College Basketball on CBS – Play-by-play 1990–1993.
William Joseph Raftery is an American basketball analyst and former college basketball coach. Raftery attended Saint Cecilia High School in Kearny, New Jersey, where he starred in basketball and became the all-time leading scorer in state history with 2,192 points, a record surpassed after 35 years, he earned all-state honors in basketball and led his team to the state championship in his senior season. He was named all-state in baseball and soccer, he has been named, retroactively, Mr. Basketball USA for 1959. Raftery played at La Salle University under coach Donald "Dudey" Moore. During his freshman year he scored a freshman record 370 points, followed by a team leading 17.8 points per game in his sophomore year. As a senior, he co-captained the Explorers to the National Invitation Tournament. Following his senior year at La Salle, Raftery was selected in the 14th round of the 1963 NBA draft by the New York Knicks but never played in the NBA. Raftery began his coaching career at Fairleigh Dickinson University at Madison where he was the head basketball coach from 1963 to 1968.
Raftery coached golf and served as associate athletic director. From 1970 to 1981, he was the head coach of Seton Hall University, where he posted a 154–141 record and led the Pirates to four ECAC post-season tournaments and two National Invitational Tournament appearances. In 1979, he was named Coach of the Year by the New Jersey Sports Writers Association, his 154 wins as a coach places him fourth on the all-time list at Seton Hall behind Honey Russell, P. J. Carlesimo, Frank Hill. Raftery has consecutively served as an analyst and play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports' college basketball coverage for over 33 years. Raftery was an analyst with ESPN partnered with Sean McDonough and Jay Bilas and Mike Gorman for Big East games, he has served as an analyst for CBS Radio/Westwood One's coverage of the NCAA Men's Final Four along with Kevin Kugler and John Thompson. Raftery has served as an analyst for the New Jersey Nets and was an on-course commentator for PGA Tour Champions Tour events. On June 27, 2013, Raftery signed with FOX to call Big East basketball games on the upstart network Fox Sports 1 with Gus Johnson.
During CBS' coverage of March Madness, Raftery had been partnered with Verne Lundquist. His trademark quotes are "Onions!", "Send It In Big Fella!", "A Little Nickel-Dimer!" and, "A Little Lingerie On The Deck!". He is remembered for "Send It In, Jerome!", his call after Jerome Lane of the University of Pittsburgh shattered the backboard with a powerful dunk during a 1988 game. Another phrase he is known for is'Man-to-man', he announces it in a fast and excited voice at the start of all games when the defending team is in that defense. Starting with the 2014–15 collegiate basketball season, CBS/Turner Sports partnered Raftery with Jim Nantz and Grant Hill to make up the primary announcing team for the remainder of the regular season, all the way through the NCAA men's basketball tournament and the Final four. On June 8, 2015, Raftery was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Hall of Fame, he won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Event Analyst in 2015 and 2016.
Aside from his commentating duties, Raftery was the president of W. J. Raftery Associates, an event/marketing firm. Born William Joseph Raftery in Orange, New Jersey, Bill Raftery grew up in an Irish Catholic family with Irish immigrant parents, his sister is a nun. Raftery earned a B. A. in history from La Salle University in 1963 and an M. A. E. in education from Seton Hall University in 1966. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from La Salle, he lives in Florham Park, New Jersey with his wife and has four children and four grandchildren. His son, Billy and narrated a documentary entitled, With a Kiss, about his father's life in basketball; the documentary premiered hours before the longtime broadcaster called his second Final Four as a television analyst for CBS Sports
Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III is an American former professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, a former NBA Rookie of the Year, a former number one overall NBA draftee; as a collegiate athlete, he was a first-team All-American and led the Michigan Wolverines' 1991 incoming freshman class known as the Fab Five that reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games as freshmen and sophomores. However, Webber was indicted by a federal grand jury and stripped of his All-American honors by the NCAA as a result of his direct involvement in the Ed Martin scandal, he is a former National High School Basketball Player of the Year who led his high school Detroit Country Day to three Michigan State High School Basketball Championships, but never won any national championship in college or the NBA. Webber attended Detroit Country Day School and at the time was the most recruited Michigan high school basketball player since Magic Johnson.
Webber led Country Day to three MHSAA State championships. As a senior in high school Webber averaged 13 rebounds per game, he was named the 1990 -- 1991 National High School player of the year. He was named MVP in both the McDonald Dapper Dan All-Star games. After graduating from Detroit Country Day School, Webber attended the University of Michigan for two years. While a Michigan Wolverine, Webber led the group of players known as the Fab Five, which included himself, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson; this group, all of whom entered Michigan as freshmen in the fall of 1991, took the basketball team to the NCAA finals twice, losing both times. The Fab Five, sporting long, baggy shorts and black socks, became immensely popular as they were seen as bringing a hip hop flavor to the game. Four of the Fab Five made it to the NBA. In their first season, Michigan lost to Duke in the championship game. On April 5, 1993, at Michigan's second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game with 11 seconds remaining, Webber brought the ball up the court into a half court trap.
Michigan was down 73–71. Webber attempted to call for a timeout while his team had none remaining, resulting in a technical foul that clinched the game for North Carolina. Webber continues to receive ridicule for his time-out error, his father has a license plate. The error was referenced in the 2018 sports comedy film Uncle Drew, in which Webber played the role of Preacher; the game marked the end of Webber's acclaimed two-year collegiate basketball career. In his second season, he was a first team All-American selection and a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith College Player of the Year; these awards and honors have been vacated due to University of Michigan and NCAA sanctions related to the University of Michigan basketball scandal. In that scandal, Webber received over $200,000 from a local booster while playing basketball for Michigan. Webber was convicted of perjury and banned from any affiliation with the Michigan program until 2013. Despite the ban, Webber attended the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game between Michigan and Louisville.
He watched the game from a private suite, rather than in the grandstands near courtside, where the other members of the Fab Five watched the game together. Webber posted on Twitter before the game: "I'm here at the Georgia Dome to show my support for the Michigan men's basketball team in its quest for a National Championship. I've known some of the players on the team since they were kids and I am excited for them and all of the student athletes on the court tonight who are wearing the Michigan uniform, it has been a great season and I wish them all the best." Webber was selected by the Orlando Magic with the first pick of the 1993 NBA draft, becoming the first sophomore since Magic Johnson to be a #1 overall draft pick. The Magic traded him to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Penny Hardaway and three future first round draft picks. Over his 15-year NBA career, Webber made over $176 million. Webber had an outstanding first year, averaging 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
He was instrumental in leading the Warriors back into the playoffs where they were swept by the Charles Barkley-led Phoenix Suns in four games. However, he had a long-standing conflict with Don Nelson. Nelson wanted to make Webber a post player, despite Webber's superb passing ability and good ball handling skills for someone his size at 6 ft 10 in tall. Webber disliked playing a substantial amount of time at center, given Nelson's propensity towards smaller, faster line ups. In the 1994 off-season, the Warriors acquired Rony Seikaly so that Webber could play at power forward. However, at the time, the differences between Webber and Nelson were considered to be irreconcilable. Webber exercised a one-year escape clause in his contract, stating he had no intention of returning to the Warriors. With few alternatives, Golden State agreed to a sign-and-trade deal, sending Webber to the Washington Bullets for forward Tom Gugliotta and three first-round draft picks. Webber was traded in his second year to the Washington Bullets where he was reunited with his college teammate and friend, Juwan Howard.
He spent the next three years with the Bullets, although in the 1995–96 season inj
NCAA March Madness (TV program)
NCAA March Madness is the branding used for coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, jointly produced by CBS Sports, the sports division of the CBS television network, Turner Sports, the national sports division of WarnerMedia in the United States. Through the agreement between CBS and WarnerMedia, which began with the 2011 tournament, games are televised on CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. CBS Sports Network has re-aired games from all networks. CBS continued to provide coverage during most rounds, with the three WarnerMedia channels covering much of the early rounds up to the Sweet Sixteen. Starting in 2016, the regional finals, Final Four and national championship game began to alternate between CBS and TBS. TBS holds the rights to the final two rounds in numbered years, with CBS getting the games in odd numbered years; this joint tournament coverage should be distinguished from CBS's regular-season coverage, which it produces independently through its sports division. None of WarnerMedia's outlets cover regular-season college basketball games.
Games broadcast on all four networks use a variation of the longtime CBS College Basketball theme music. On April 22, 2010, the National Collegiate Athletic Association reached a 14-year agreement, worth US$10.8 billion, with CBS and the Turner Broadcasting System to receive joint broadcast rights to the Division I men's college basketball tournament. This came after speculation; the NCAA took advantage of an opt-out clause in its 1999 deal with CBS to announce its intention to sign a new contract with CBS and Turner Sports, a division of Time Warner. The new contract came amid serious consideration by the NCAA of expanding the tournament to 68 teams; the agreement, which runs through 2032, stipulates. All First Four games air on truTV. During the first and second rounds, a featured game in each time "window" is broadcast terrestrially on CBS, while all other games are shown on TBS, TNT or TruTV. Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games are split among CBS and TBS. In 2014 and 2015, Turner channels had exclusive rights to the Final Four, CBS broadcast the championship game.
Since 2016, rights to the Final Four and championship game alternate between Turner and CBS. The same number of "windows" are provided to CBS as before, although unlike with the previous schedule where all games in a window started within 10 minutes of each other, resulting in the possibility of multiple close games ending at once, the start times of games are staggered, with action lasting in the night and fewer simultaneous games than in the previous format; as a result of the new deal, Mega March Madness, a pay-per-view out-of-market sports package covering games in the tournament, was discontinued. March Madness On Demand remained unchanged, with Turner Interactive taking over management of both that service and NCAA.com at the start of 2011. The contract was expected to be signed after a review by the NCAA Board of Directors. In 2012, the service was changed. All other games are available to authenticated subscribers to the channels on participating television providers; the 2018 tournament, with TBS televising the national semifinals and final, is the first in which those particular games are subject to authentication restrictions.
The CBS-WarnerMedia coverage formally begins with The Selection Show—in which the teams participating in the tournament are announced, which follows CBS's coverage of the final game on Selection Sunday. During the tournament itself, truTV broadcasts pre-game coverage, Infiniti NCAA Tip-Off, while TBS and TruTV air the post-game show Inside March Madness. CBS produces coverage of the Reese's College All-Star Game, the Division II championship game, which are both aired as part of the March Madness package. In 2016, CBS extended the selection show to a two-hour format. In 2017, the selection show was shortened to a 90-minute format. Beginning with 2018, the selection show will return to a two-hour format, but the special aired on TBS instead, marking the first time since 1982 that the official bracket unveiling has not aired on CBS; the Selection Show will now alternate between TBS and CBS with TBS airing the Selection Show in numbered years, with CBS airing the Selection Show in odd numbered years.
On April 16, 2016, the contract was extended to 2032 in an $8.8 billion deal. The current broadcasting arrangements, including alternating broadcasts of the semi-finals and final, will remain in force. WarnerMedia began the process of dissolving the Turner Broadcasting System in March 2019; the corporate reorganization will not outwardly affect coverage of NCAA March Madness, which remains on the same networks. Additionally, for 2014, truTV and TNT aired special "Teamcast" coverage of the Final Four alongside TBS's conventional coverage, which featured commentators and other guests representing the schools in each game. While the consortium planned to tap local radio announcers from each team for the teamcasts, the majority refused due to commitments in calling t
Stephen Michael Lavin is an American broadcaster for Fox Sports, CBS Sports and Pac-12 Network. Lavin served as head coach of two storied college basketball programs - most St. John's University in New York City, UCLA. In eleven full seasons as a head coach, Lavin had led teams to ten postseason appearances, highlighted by eight NCAA Tournament berths, an Elite Eight, five NCAA Regional Semifinals and nine campaigns of twenty or more wins. Lavin was born on September 1964 in San Francisco, he was raised in Marin County and attended Ross Grammar School before his time at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, where he was a member of the basketball team that won the 1982 California state championship with a 34-0 record. Lavin attended San Francisco State University, where he played on the basketball team for two years, he transferred to Chapman University, from which he graduated in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in communications. Lavin's coaching career began in 1988 when he was hired as an assistant by Purdue head coach Gene Keady.
After three years on the Boilermaker staff, Lavin returned to California when UCLA head coach Jim Harrick hired him as a Bruins assistant in 1991. Prior to becoming head coach at UCLA, Lavin was an assistant coach on the Bruins' staff for five years, including the 1995 national championship team that finished with a 32-1 record. Shortly before the 1996 season, UCLA fired Jim Harrick for issues related to violations at a recruiting meal. Lavin was the assistant on staff with the longest tenure at UCLA and was selected as interim head coach; that season on February 11, 1997, with the Bruins tied for first place in the Pac-10 with an 8–3 record, UCLA removed the "interim" tag from Lavin's title and formally named him as its 11th head coach. The Bruins won their next 11 games en route to the Pac-10 title, before being eliminated by the Minnesota Gophers in the NCAA Midwest Regional Final. Notable Lavin achievements at UCLA: During the period 1997 - 2002, Lavin's Bruins compiled nine consecutive overtime victories.
These included victories over Arizona, Cincinnati and Stanford. In his time at UCLA, from 1996 to 2003, he compiled a record of 145–78. From 1989 to 2002 as an assistant and head coach, Lavin participated in 13 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. During Lavin's tenure as a head coach, he was one of only two coaches in the country to lead a team to five NCAA Regional Semifinals in six seasons - the other coach being Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. Lavin's record at UCLA in the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament was 10-1, his winning percentage in the first two rounds is second only to Dean Smith in NCAA Tournament history. Lavin is the only college coach to have defeated the No. 1 team in the country in four consecutive collegiate seasons: Stanford in 2000 and 2001, Kansas in 2002 and Arizona in 2003. Lavin guided UCLA to six consecutive seasons of 20 or more wins, as well as six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances; as head coach at UCLA, Lavin and his staff recruited and signed the No. 1 rated recruiting class in the country in 1998 and 2001.
Lavin signed seven McDonald's High School All-Americans. Thirteen of Lavin's former UCLA players became roster members of NBA teams: Trevor Ariza, Matt Barnes, Baron Davis, Dan Gadzuric, Ryan Hollins, Jason Kapono, Earl Watson, Jerome Moiso, Charles O'Bannon, Jelani McCoy, Toby Bailey, Dijon Thompson, J. R. Henderson. In March 2003, following Lavin's first losing season at UCLA, Lavin was relieved of his duties as head coach. Lavin began his broadcasting career in 2003, soon after being fired from UCLA, when he signed a multi-year deal with ABC and ESPN. For seven years he made regular appearances on ESPN College GameNight and provided color commentary alongside his partners Brent Musburger and Dave O'Brien at prime-time college games around the country. Lavin contributed to ESPN coverage on the NBA draft. After being fired by St. John's Lavin joined the Fox Sports, CBS Sports and Pac-12 Network broadcasting teams as a college basketball and NBA analyst. In 2010, Lavin was hired as the head men's basketball coach at St. John's University.
During Lavin's tenure, three of his teams earned 20 or more wins including two NCAA appearances. Other than Mike Jarvis, Lavin was the only St. John's head coach since Lou Carnesecca to have achieved three 20 win seasons. In Lavin's first year, he coached the Red Storm to a 21-12 record; the 21 wins were St. John's highest total since the 2002-03 season and its NCAA tournament appearance was the first since 2002. Lavin inherited a team that finished in 13th place in the Big East Conference in 2009-10; the next year the same players finished at 12-6. A jump of similar magnitude had occurred only one other time in Big East Conference history; the Red Storm finished the 2011 season ranked 18th in the Associated Press Top 25, marking the first time it qualified for the postseason as a ranked team since 2000-01. The Johnnies posted a 7-1 record at Madison Square Garden and saw its home attendance climb by 38.1 percent, marking the fourth-largest increase in NCAA Division I men's basketball. Lavin underwent treatment for cancer on October 6, 2011 only coaching four games in the 2011-12 season as his doctors modified his schedule during recovery.
[In 2012-13, Lavin's third year as head coach, St. John's finished with a 17-16 overall record; the Red Storm received an NIT bid, earned a victory at the buzzer at St. Joseph's before falling on the road to Virginia in the next game. In the 2013-14 season, Lavin led the Red Storm to a 20-13 record finishing conference play in a three-way, 3