It’s that time again for March Madness on CBS 11 and below is a FAQ guide for you in case you receive a viewer call with questions.

This year, like last year, CBS and Turner Sports and its cable networks: TBS, TNT, and truTV, are carrying the games.

Q: How are the games being televised this year? All games will be broadcast live in the entirety nationally across CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV. This will allow all games to be seen across all four networks in all windows. Each network will have its own game in each window to air.

Q: When does the tournament start? The tournament starts with the first round on Tuesday, 3/19, and Wednesday, 3/20. These games will air in prime time on truTV.

Q: Are the scheduled times for the games on CBS the same as last year? The windows are the same as last year.

Q: Will CBS11 be allowed to substitute games featuring local teams for the ones CBS has selected to air? No. All games airing on CBS11 will be airing nationally within the entire footprint of the CBS Television Network.

Q: Will CBS11 be allowed to air another game on its sub-digital channel or on TXA21 apart from the one airing on the main CBS11 channel? No.

Q: Will CBS leave a scheduled game if it is evident that it is a “blow out” and becomes less competitive? No. CBS will remain with the scheduled within its broadcast window. There will be no flexing as in years past. They will look in other games to let the viewers know what is going on. The weekday daytime window for coverage is Thursday and Friday, 3/21 and 3/22, from 11am-4pm. The weekday prime window is Thursday, 3/21 and 3/28, and Friday, 3/22 and 3/29, from 6pm-11pm.

Q: Will CBS or the Turner Networks switch to other games in progress if the scheduled game is over? No. At that point, viewers will be taken to the network studio for updates, highlights, etc. CBS may “look in” on a game on one of the Turner Sports networks and visa versa but there will be no switching to another game at the conclusion of ours.

Q: Will any games be simulcast on more than one network? No. Each game is shown nationally and independently of each other.

Q: I don’t have cable or satellite but the game I want to see is on cable. What can I do? All games are available on the NCAA website, Please note that charges may apply for watching games online or through a cell phone application.

Q: Where is Jeopardy and when will you show it? Jeopardy will be seen this week late night after Craig Ferguson at approximately 1:37am on Thursday, 3/21. and 2:07am on Friday, 3/22. It will return to the 11am slot on Monday, 3/25.

Q: Where is Wheel Of Fortune and when will you show it? Wheel will be seen this week at approximately 2:07am after Jeopardy on Thursday, 3/21 and 2:37am on Friday, 3/22. It will return to the 6:30pm slot on Monday, 3/25.

Q: Where is Dr. Phil? Dr. Phil will be in repeats this Thursday and Friday but can be seen overnight at 2:37am on Thursday, 3/21 and 3:07am on Friday, 3/22. These episodes will be repeated on Friday, 3/22 and Monday, 3/25, respectively at 9am on TXA21.

Q: Where is The Young & The Restless, Bold and The Beautiful, The Talk, and Let’s Make A Deal? CBS Daytime entertainment from 11:30am-3pm this Thursday and Friday, 3/21 and 3/22, are being pre-empted by CBS on the full network and will pick back up on Monday, 3/25, at their regularly scheduled times. There are no airing of the CBS shows anywhere in the US on these two days so you are not missing any of the drama!! The Doctors will be seen at 9am on Thursday and Friday as there will be no Let’s Make A Deal at that time.

Q: Where are my favorite CBS prime time shows this week? All CBS Entertainment shows this Thursday and Friday night are being pre-empted for the basketball games as well as next Thursday and Friday but since they are not being seen anywhere in the U.S., you are not missing anything and they will resume in 2 weeks.

Q: Will there be a newscast at 11am as in years past? No.

Q: Will there be daytime basketball next week? No, we will air our regularly scheduled programming. Only this Thursday and Friday will there be weekday daytime basketball.

Q: Why are games of more local interest not being shown here? Under the agreement between CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV, the scheduling of games are determined between CBS Sports and Turner Sports. All games scheduled will be seen in full on one network, whether it be CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV. You will be able to see your favorite team on either these four network or online as outlined above. There are no more “regionalizations” of games scheduled in the early rounds as has been in the past.

Q: Will we have all of these four networks the next week with Sweet 16, Elite 8, and the Final Four? Only Thursday-Sunday, 3/21-3/24. The semifinals will be shared with CBS and TBS. The regional finals, the Final Four, and the National Championship will be exclusive to CBS.

Below are our times for this Thursday and Friday, we will go on the air at 11am Thursday and Friday during the day and 6pm Thursday and Friday for the prime games (all games are CBS 11):


11am: Valparaiso vs Michigan State (Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Rachel Nichols)…..tip time is 11:15am

1:30pm (approx): Middle Tennessee or St. Mary’s vs Memphis (same announce team)……tip time is TBA

6pm: South Dakota St. vs. Michigan (same announce team)….tip time is 6:15pm

8:30pm (approx): Akron vs VCU (same announce team) …….tip time TBA


11am: Albany vs. Duke (Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Lewis Johnson)…….tip time is 11:15am

1:30pm (approx): Cincinnati vs. Creighton (same announce team)….tip time is TBA

6pm: Iona vs. Ohio State (Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg/Tracy Wolfson)…….tip,time is 6:15pm

8:30pm (approx): Iowa State vs. Notre Dame (same announce team)……………tip time is TBA

Q: Are tip times for games staggered? Yes, they are staggered by network.

Q: Are all games in HD? Yes

Q: When will we know the matchups for Saturday and Sunday? Saturday’s matchups will be available by midday Friday and Sunday’s matchups will be available on midday Saturday. Ken Foote, Director Of Programming,
will come in on Saturday to handle the dissemination of information for Sunday’s lineups.

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