NCAA shopping March Madness – CBS might lose it

Posted by Don Moore on December 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm under College | Read the First Comment

Word is the the NCAA has an escape clause that releases them from their TV contract with CBS for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals – aka March Madness.

The NCAA is also thinking about explaning the Final 65 to the Final 96 (with 32 First Round Byes).

It’s all about the money. I think that the NCAA is concerned about the health of the broadcast industry. Their contract with CBS is back-loaded; meaning that most of the money is paid later in the contract as opposed to paying the same each year. The possibility of a contract default is unlikely; but a renegotiation is possible.


  • spaz fan said,

    I’m all for it. Both Fox and ESPN have better HD broadcasts and production value than CBS, Especially if you have TWC locally.