This CBS NCAA Tournament Selection Show Is Excruciating TV

Ryan Glasspiegel

CBS is in the middle of its annual NCAA Tournament selection show. They’ve expanded it to being two hours long now, which is almost assuredly a smart business decision for advertising revenue, but the way they’ve executed it is insulting to viewers.

Instead of revealing the brackets in an acceptably timely manner, they have interviewed Bill Self on the hazards of facing a 16-seed and Charles Barkley fumbling on the touch-screen while prognosticating the chances of teams he definitely hasn’t watched. It took like 40 minutes to get to the second region. Who has that kind of time?

Trade proposal for future years: Tell us who, when, and where everyone is playing in a reasonable amount of time, and then pepper us with all the inanities you want.