Nov 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard James Young (1) is defended by Michigan State Spartans guard Gary Harris (14) during the second half at the United Center. Michigan State won 78-74. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Get ready to pick your announcers for Final Four semifinals coverage

Now this is interesting.

It seems that everywhere you look, TV networks are allowing you to customize your telecasts. AMC has offered the “Second Screen Experience” for shows like “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead”. Now, it appears that college basketball is hopping onto the customization game as you will be able to pick your announcers for the Final Four games.


In an unprecedented move, Turner Sports and CBS will produce three different telecasts for each of the two national semifinal games, each with its own set of announcers. The traditional national telecast will run on TBS, while TNT and truTV will carry the same games at the same time with announcers and camera angles customized to each specific team.

Let’s say the country’s top two teams last week — Kentucky and Michigan State — meet in one semifinal. TNT would use announcers with connections to Kentucky during its telecast, while truTV would use a Michigan State-focused crew for its production. Turner officials have not decided what types of talent they will pursue and maintain that all options for using unique personalities are on the table.


I’m not really sure what “unique personalities” means and that could be interesting.

Also, the Championship game will be on CBS. This option is just for the semifinal games that will be held on Saturday. The CBS audience for the championship game will all get one set of national announcers, which we hope will end in a Kentucky themed “One Final Moment” montage.

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