NCAA Tournament on CBS: Announcer Ratings

    
March 15th, 2010
When you watch as much of the NCAA Tournament as us die-hards do.. you inevitably form close bonds with the announcers on CBS. Some are strong congenial caring bonds.. others I could do without.  Here is the CBS college basketball roster, including links to profiles on CBS.com, their role during the broadcast, and my rating of their recent work.  (Check out my announcer rating from last year)

 

In 2009, we had huge changes as Clark Kellogg replaced Billy Packer as lead color-man alongside Jim Nantz. I was very down on that decision at the time as I find Kellogg to be on the low end of the announcing spectrum.  The other big change was Greg Anthony moving into the studio, replacing Kellogg. This move, on the other hand, ended up being a great call by CBS. Anthony already trumps Seth Davis in the studio.

 

This year, there's not too much change, except for the addition of Spero Dedes getting some calls early in the tournament. Only 30, Dedes is an up-and-comer.

 

C is considered your run of the mill broadcaster, neither exceptional nor annoying. On the most part, CBS does a good job with their coverage, hence mostly respectable grades (as opposed to a similar report card I could do for ESPN...)

 

A Ian Eagle (Announcer)

A- Greg Anthony (Studio, Was New 2009)

A- Bill Raftery (Color)

B+ Jim Nantz (Announcer - FF)

B+ Jay Bilas (Color)

B Greg Gumbel (Studio)

B Kevin Harlan (Announcer)

B Gus Johnson (Announcer)

B Lesley Visser (Sideline)

B- Verne Lundquist (Announcer)

B- Spero Dedes (Announcer, New in 2010)

B- Len Elmore (Color)

C+ Stephen Bardo (Color)

C+ Dick Enberg (Announcer)

C Dan Bonner (Sideline)

C Tim Brando (Anouncer)

C Mike Gminski (Color)

C Jim Spanarkel (Color)

C Bob Wenzel (Color)

C Tracy Wolfson (Sideline)

C- Seth Davis (Studio)

D+ Clark Kellogg (Color - FF)

 

Notes:

Dedes grew up not to far from where I live and I'm more familiar with him then most around the country are. I think he'll prove to be a savvy choice by CBS. I still don't like Kellogg any more then I did last year.. and more and more I find I'm turned off by Seth Davis. On the flip side, Gus Johnson continues to grow on me, even if he is a one-man circus.

 

No Longer Part of CBS Team

C Carter Blackburn (Announcer, New 2009)

C Craig Bolerjack (Announcer, New 2009)

D Billy Packer (Retired)

B- Sam Ryan (Sideline)

 

These are my opinions of course, so how would you rate the CBS NCAA Tournament team?