Badgers to get hometown TV crew for semifinal

For the first time in the history of the NCAA tournament, fans will have a choice when it comes to the broadcasting crew for the Final Four. CBS Sports and TBS are conducting an television experiment for Saturday night’s semifinal games, one in which fans can choose between the national crew (Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr), on TBS, and a hometown crew, on TNT and truTV.

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Wisconsin’s hometown broadcast team, which can be found on truTV, will consist of BTN personalities Wayne Larrivee and Mike Kelley, a member of Wisconsin’s 2000 Final Four team.

According to’s Richard Deitsch, the “Teamcasts” will:

“feature custom music, custom graphics, team-specific replays, additional cameras geared toward one team, and a custom halftime show. Most importantly, they will feature broadcasters who have been hired specifically to appeal to that fan base. The broadcasters will be encouraged by Turner and CBS to be over-the-top homers for those schools.”

This is a fascinating idea, and I’m interested to see if it’s something that will stick. So, Badgers fans, will you be watching the national crew on TBS or the Larrivee-Kelley duo on truTV?

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BadgerFan99 on 4/1/2014 @ 3:35pm EDT Said:

Looks like I won’t have to listen to it on the radio while watching it on TV…Sounds like a great idea! On Wisconsin!

Ted Valentine on 4/1/2014 @ 4:02pm EDT Said:

these guys are great, but i don’t need them to be over the top homers. that may ruin it for me.

John on 4/1/2014 @ 6:15pm EDT Said:

I remember when Wayne Larrivee was a local sportscaster at KSTT Radio in Davenport, Iowa, and he also did the Bears games on WBBM radio in Chicago for years. If I have a choice I will listen to Wayne Larrivee.

len risse on 4/1/2014 @ 7:30pm EDT Said:


len risse on 4/1/2014 @ 7:30pm EDT Said:

Better anouncers