NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Will Post Up On Cable In 2016

The NCAA men’s basketball title game traditionally has been held on a viewer-unfriendly Monday night — and in a couple of years fans will need pay TV to watch it at home. CBS and TBS said today that the cable network will carry the semifinal Final Four games in 2014 and 2015, with CBS airing the championship game. But as the next presidential election begins to heat up in spring 2016, TBS will carry the NCAA Tournament semis and title game, marking the first college men’s hoops championship to air on cable. After that, the networks will alternate showing the March Madness semifinals and final as a package every year through 2024. CBS and Turner Networks inked a 14-year deal with the NCAA in 2010 to offer the Final Four and championship games, and they announced then that the final eventually would be shown on cable, but they hadn’t said when that would take place until today.

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