Give credit to CBS: The network saw what happened last year with its disastrous NCAA Tournament bracket reveal show, from the critics who slammed the two-hour mess to the woeful ratings that may have partially been due to a spoiler bracket leak:
CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus announced on Tuesday at a joint CBS/TNT NCAA Tournament media event that the show would be cut a half-hour to 90 minutes. Plus, there’s this news from CBS Sports executive producer Harold Bryant, via the Sporting News:
CBS promises to do a better job front-loading the brackets, followed by the inevitable discussion, debate and analysis. The network will be more “efficient” this year, said Harold Bryant, executive producer and senior vice president of production for CBS Sports.
“By revealing the brackets quicker, it’s going to leave us a good chunk of time on the back end to talk about the matchups and the bubble teams and the No. 1 seeds,” he said. “We just didn’t feel the two-hour block was needed. Once you get them out there, you can dive right in.”
That’s the right call, especially if there’s another leak: Get the regions out quick, do your analysis and interviews, and get out. No high drama needed, just the facts (and some breakdowns), ma’am.
There’s also this fact: Charles Barkley approves. For The Win was in attendance at Tuesday’s event – here’s what he said:
“I think it’s only going to be better ’cause instead of just wasting time, you get to the show. It didn’t have to take two hours. Last year, we got screwed…
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