Posted on Fri, Mar. 14, 2003
Time Warner offering extra madness in March
By DOUG NYE
GET READY FOR the best sports event of the year -- the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Sure, I like the Super Bowl and the World Series, but they always pit two teams from major metropolitan areas. On the other hand, the NCAA Tournament involves teams and fans from practically every area of the country. It is truly national in scope.
So for a few moments even the little guys of the college basketball world get their opportunity to grab the spotlight. Remember Valparaiso's run to the Sweet 16 a few seasons ago?
Where else could you find a school called IUPUI dreaming -- if ever so briefly -- of winning it all? IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis) made the big dance this year by winning the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.
IUPUI and other Cinderellas such as Troy State and UNC Wilmington will find out who they play at 6 p.m. Sunday when pairings for the 65-team tournament are announced on the "The NCAA Selection Show" (CBS, WLTX-19, cable ch. 9).
There will be something extra about March Madness this year for many college basketball fans in the area. WLTX not only will air a game on its regular over-the-air station but also will offer other games on Time Warner's digital lineup during the first- and second-round weekends.
For example, next Thursday, during the first day's action, WLTX (cable ch. 9) will have games at noon, 2:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. At the same times, you also can catch a game in high definition on Time Warner cable ch. 810 and two other games on chs. 811 and 812.
WLTX is one of only 10 CBS affiliates in the country offering such a package, thanks in part to Time Warner's technical capabilities.
"We're pretty excited about this," WLTX general manager Rich O'Dell said, "but we want fans to know that the games we select for our station will be those of greater interest to this region. We will be heavy on SEC and ACC teams as long as they're in the tournament."
Cable customers must be subscribers to the digital package to receive the extra games.
Pretty cool if I must say,thanks Wltx!