The Sweet 16 games were full of drama, drama that got twitter into a frenzy over not enough going on at one moment in time. The problem with all the drama is that it was going on simultaneously which caused most if not all to miss key points in the games late. The main contributing factor is that CBS who owns the television rights to the NCAA Tournament decided to have the games start only seven minutes apart. The reason behind this is baffling, but men’s college basketball is not the only that place that this problem occurs.
This week the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League will start and with only four games going on over the course of two days the games start at exactly the same time on both days. On Tuesday there will be two games starting at 1:45 CDT, while on Wednesday the same time slots will be used. This is problematic because with only eight teams remaining in the tournament, everyone will have to pick and choose as to which games they’ll watch in their entirety.
Now the problem in the March Madness is over, but isn’t the real madness in itself for the networks whether it be either CBS or Fox to not recognize this problem and try to adjust to it accordingly. Granted may have a more difficult time because it has affiliates airing the games around the world, but CBS could’ve easily started all the games 30-minutes apart and spared the whole country from having to pray for a timeout during critical moments in the games. Unfortunately for those who’ll watch this weeks soccer matches in Europe there will be no timeouts except during intermissions. Soccer matches run concurrently at a 90-minute clip offering no chances like last night to wait for timeouts.
The fact is that if CBS wanted to they could adjust, and should. The endings of both the late games were fabulous and should’ve been enjoyed by everyone who’s a basketball fan and not just some. For the soccer fans it’s another difficult task to wonder how they cannot start games at a different time, when they’re in-fact in different time zones in Europe.