For Saturday night’s Final Four broadcast, Turner Sports and CBS had an interesting idea. With multiple networks at their disposal, instead of just one national broadcast, fans had the chance to watch two team-specific broadcasts for each game.
For Kentucky's 74-73 victory over Wisconsin, in addition to the national broadcast on TBS, TNT aired a “Kentucky Teamcast” and truTV broadcast a “Wisconsin Teamcast.” Those two teamcasts featured announcers who fans of those teams are familiar with. This was especially the case with Kentucky, whose broadcast was led by Rob Bromley, a long-time color commentator for UKTV, and Rex Chapman, the 12-year NBA veteran who played for the Wildcats.
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Predictably, these Kentucky announcers were pretty biased toward the Wildcats and people who had not picked up on this new three-broadcast structure took to Twitter to complain.
There are literally hundreds of these. Here's a small sample:
This one announcer on TNT is so biased for Kentucky and it's getting really annoying— Steven Wales (@wales_steven) April 6, 2014
Can TNT get a more biased announcer than Rex Chapman for Kentucky? Where did he get his training done on a #horseranch!— DanO (@DWOstrand) April 6, 2014
Watching Final Four on TNT. Way announcers calling game sounds like Kentucky playing itself. They aren't mentioning Wisconsin team at all.— Laurence Bender (@ayinde14) April 6, 2014
These TNT announcers are garbage its I love Kentucky this, I love Kentucky that................garbage get them out of here #onesided— joshua mannon (@mannon_01) April 6, 2014
CBS/TNT should be ashamed of themselves for letting Rex chapman drool all over UK furring this half... What happens to nonpartisan?— Brian sausman (@BrianSausman) April 6, 2014
Even long-time NBA player Detlef Schrempf was complaining!
Is it just me or is somebody announcing the Kentucky vs Wisconsin game not quite objective? Come on TNT.— Detlef Schrempf (@Dschrempf) April 6, 2014
During halftime of the national TBS broadcast, Charles Barkley even called out the people complaining about the Teamcasts (video via The Big Lead).
Chapman also had a message for the people complaining about his bias.
All fools talkin' 'bout "you're biased" - It's a KY/UK TEAMCAST! We're SUPPOSED 2b BIASED - overly so! Watch TBS or CBS if u don't like it.— Rex Chapman (@rexchapman) April 6, 2014
I couldn't say it better myself. Thanks Rex.
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