Turner announced the 2018 NCAA March Madness Selection Show will move from CBS to TBS. This will be the first time the Selection Show will broadcast exclusively on TBS, airing Sunday, March 11 at 6pm ET during a two-hour special.
As John Ourand of Sports Business Daily noted, the Selection Show was heavily criticized two years ago for using a two-hour format. Criticisms largely surrounded how long it took to reveal the tournament bracket. In 2016, CBS began the show at 5:30 and began disclosing the first region at 5:50. In all, the network took one hour and 17 minutes to fully announce the 68 team bracket.
TBS will also broadcast both Final Four semifinal games on Saturday, March 31, along with the National Championship on Monday April 2. Last year, TBS had the Championship Game, but the Final Four was shown on CBS. TBS will show all three games in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024, with CBS carrying the games in 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023.
Similarly to previous telecasts, the Selection Show will be co-produced between Turner Sports and CBS Sports. The two-hour show will be hosted by Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson, featuring analysis from Clark Kellogg, Seth Davis, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.