I got some bad news for CBS, Turner, and the NCAA, the Tuesday and Wednesday games you called first round games was a failure. Anyone with some college basketball knowledge knows; they were nothing more than play-in games. No matter how much you force the first round idea or First Four as you called it down our throats. With that said, lets get to the meat of the problem I have this brand new marriage between television and the NCAA.
For the first time ever, CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV are showing every tournament game in its entirety. This move had pissed people off, as it gives no sense of direction to which game to follow, but it was reasons for it. For starters CBS before did some bad cut-ins involving close games and it hold the viewer hostage, to the decision makers at CBS. In addition, there were games people did not want to watch, and unable to see the game they want for whatever reason. This option to watch every game in its entirety on TV is not only good, but also it is the "It's about time" great idea. Unfortunately, like all great ideas there are some drawbacks.
For starters, it was too much channel changing and searching. I do not watch Trutv often, and I bet there some people who do not even have the channel; so they had missed out on of the games. Secondly, there a bad mix with Greg Gumble and Charles Barkley. I bet Gumble had never work with someone like Barkley; while it was fun, but distracting to what really matters: THE GAMES! Finally, there were no significant breaks between the afternoon and evening games. Every game came on in rapid succession, with no time true time to reflect on the afternoon failures or brag on how well people are doing in their brackets.
Like they say, Today is a new day and it will be better.