Which Network Carries the NCAA Championship Game?


Quick Answer

As of 2015, CBS broadcasts the NCAA Championship game that most commonly refers to the final game of the Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. CBS broadcasts the game on television and online through March Madness Live.

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Full Answer

CBS obtained broadcast rights to the tournament in 1982. The NCAA held the first championship tournament in 1939, but the tournament was not broadcast on television until 1969. NBC owned the initial rights and broadcast the tournament until 1981.

Since 2010, TNT, TBS and TruTV have broadcast earlier rounds of the tournament alongside CBS. ESPN showed opening rounds of the tournament in the 1980s, significantly boosting the popularity of the tournament. DirecTV and Yahoo have also broadcast some tournament games.

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