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4 announcers that should be calling March Madness games on TV

March 17,2017 23:21

For the past seven years, CBS and Turner have worked together to broadcast March Madness games across their networks. The separate entities have seamlessly found a way to blend their talent and production teams together. Unfortunately though, there ...

For the past seven years, CBS and Turner have worked together to broadcast March Madness games across their networks. The separate entities have seamlessly found a way to blend their talent and production teams together.
Unfortunately though, there are four major voices in college basketball who are left out of coverage each year. They each play a big role in how college basketball matchups are consumed by viewers but disappear until next season after conference tournament week is over.
Gus Johnson

The thrill and excitement that comes out of this man’s mouth could make a snail race sound as important as the Super Bowl. Gus Johnson has an impeccable talent that can not be duplicated. He has the ability to bring fans into the arena and exude the same emotions they’re probably feeling while watching from the comfort of their own couch. There are many announcers that scream and yell after a buzzer beater or game winning play but what makes Gus Johnson different is that his play by play feels like a song.
He leads you up to the potential for a big play in what could be compared to the opening stanza of a song, brings you to the climax or chorus when the moment everyone is waiting for actually happens and then brings the song to a conclusion by letting you feel the natural sound and intensity of what is happening. He doesn’t wax poetic. His reactions are authentic and don’t come off as cheesy or pre-planned.

Dick Vitale

He’s awesome baby! Vitale had a totally separate career as an athletic director and a head coach in college and the pros before joining ESPN. But over the past 38 years, the analyst has taken on a role that can only be described as the unofficial ambassador of college basketball. He’s the analyst every student wants calling their school’s games and he’s welcome in pretty much any student section in America.
He was and still is the kind of person who draws viewers to a telecast not only because of the teams playing but also because of how he reacts at any given time. Vitale always criticizes athletes but he does it in a classy way that isn’t mean spirited. Could he be tougher? Sure. But that’s not his style. Surprisingly, he still has the energy of a college student.

Bill Walton

It’s really hard for many people to stay focused during the duration of an entire game. Don’t believe me? Just ask this UCLA legend. By now, Walton has probably set the world record for most random things ever said or done while announcing a sporting event on television. Whether the game is a blowout or not, at any given point Walton might forget the name of the play by play announcer next to him, spread dirt all over himself, play the xylophone on-air or say anything else that randomly pops up into his head.
This is what makes him so interesting. It might be a hassle for his play-by-play announcer to control but fans at home seem to be intrigued by his antics – Walton is normally a trending topic on Twitter almost every night he calls a Pac-12 game. His point of view as random as it may be is something we truly miss in March going into April.

Jay Bilas

There are very few analysts in all of sports and especially in college basketball who can break down X’s and O’s and put them in layman’s terms in the way Jay Bilas does. He follows the game 365 days a year and knows the intricacies of all 68 teams playing.
Bilas is also very interactive with fans – he has over 1 million followers on Twitter – and he’s a familiar voice viewers have already become accustomed to throughout the season. The transition into the tournament would be logical. Bilas previously served as a tournament game analyst for CBS before Turner’s partnership began in 2010.
At the end of the day, the presentation of the NCAA Tournament on television is less about the personalities providing insight and more about the actual players and teams involved. But who would say no to having these four voices provide even more compelling television than we are already getting?
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