Report: NCAA tourney in Houston gets full TV coverage

February 10, 2011 9:45:02 AM PST
A report says college basketball fans will see a whole lot more of the NCAA tournament on TV this March, including during prime time on the first Sunday night. USA Today says CBS and Turner Sports, in the first year of a joint 14-year, $10.8 billion deal to broadcast the tournament, will announce Thursday that fans will get to see all games in their entirety thanks to staggered tip-off times and expanded coverage in the early rounds.

Games will be seen on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, allowing organizers to spread out start times in contrast to the regional coverage offered in years past. CBS executive vic e president Mike Aresco told the paper the plan is to "create nonstop basketball from noon (EST) to midnight."

The tournament is expanding from 65 to 68 teams this year.