CBS had the college basketball world on the hook for two hours Sunday afternoon.
Plenty of hoops lovers didn't like it.
The network extended its NCAA tournament selection show by a full hour this year, which meant it took what seemed like an eternity for some teams and their fans to find out if they had qualified. Others just wanted to know when and against whom they would be playing.
How long did the show go on? The bracket was spoiled by a Twitter user 25 minutes into the broadcast.
By the time this Selection show is over, ESPN will air a 30 for 30 on how long it was
— Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) March 13, 2016
The selection show used to be a jam-packed 30 minutes of information, which was probably too little time to do the tournament justice. It was extended to one hour in the early 2000s, which seemed like the perfect amount of time to reveal the bracket, get some of the priceless reaction videos from around the nation, do some interviews and get some analysis.
This year's show was entirely too long, like a bad movie you want to walk out on but you know your date's favorite actor is in the leading role. It took almost 90 minutes for the entire bracket to be revealed.
Infiniti a pretty fitting sponsor for the selection show.
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) March 13, 2016
The show started with a full segment without releasing any information about who was in. After a commercial break, it moved on to announcing the top seeds. It finally got to the details of the South Region in the third segment.
CBS probably made its biggest mistake by asking its studio analysts such as Seth Davis, Doug Gottlieb and Clark Kellogg to provide analysis of regions that had been revealed while keeping other hopefuls around the nation waiting to learn their team's fate. It even had Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, who normally cover the NBA, making picks from regions while fans around the nation fidgeted.
[Wayne Selden's dunk on Baylor was the best of 2016 postseason]
CBS clearly decided that if it released too much information too quickly, it would lose viewers who didn't want to stick around for the analysis and predictions. Basketball fans thought that was a mistake.
I can't believe CBS is subjecting college basketball fans to this
— Matt Barnes (@Matt_NBC4) March 13, 2016
Good thing they extended this selection show. Its not dragging at all!! #NCAATournament
— Silvy (@WaddleandSilvy) March 13, 2016
When you realize the selection show is 2 hours this year pic.twitter.com/qjmRBmJ6Kf
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) March 13, 2016
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