Sunday, March 4, 2012

The voices of March Madness

It is a rite of passage every year  - well, for me at least - to find out who will be doing the play-by-play announcing and color commentating for March Madness across CBS and now the Turner properties.

We have our answer.

Many people are well aware by now who is not - now-Fox Sports and Big Ten Network broadcaster Gus Johnson, who when it was announced where he was heading that site was deemed the winner of the "Gus Sweepstakes".

The pairings, thanks to this recent blog post, are ...

Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg
Marv Albert/Steve Kerr
Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery (my sentimental favorite)

Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller
Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel
Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner
Tim Brando/Mike Gminski
Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel

Studio crews are Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson with Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony and Kenny Smith, and then an Atlanta crew of Matt Winer, Seth Davis and Steve Smith.

So except for Gus, the crew remains largely unchanged, although I'm not overly familiar with Anderson. It seems he's primarily a baseball guy.

There's what we have with which to look forward. Now my March Madness pool bracket, on the other hand, if it's like the last couple years ...

- Chris Lillstrung


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