ESPN Announces Commentator Teams for The Basketball Tournament


ESPN Announces Commentator Teams for The Basketball Tournament

2016 schedule features 15 games on ESPN platforms, including $2 Million Winner-Take-All Championship on August 2

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ESPN and The Basketball Tournament (TBT) presented by Jack Link’s® Protein Snacks have announced the broadcast teams for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final of the $2 million winner-take-all event, which began with opening rounds on July 9-10. Over 300 teams applied to play in TBT 2016, featuring more than 400 players with professional experience and 63 with NBA experience, including veterans Mike Bibby, Mike James, Cuttino Mobley and Jason Williams.

ESPN veteran college announcer Doug Sherman  will handle play-by-play for all of the TBT action. Dan Dakich will serve as the analyst for the 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. games on July 21, as well as the 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. games on July 23 from Philadelphia University. Fran Fraschilla will serve as analyst for the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. games on July 22, as well as the 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. games on July 23 from Philadelphia, and for the semifinals (July 30) and championship (August 2), both days from Fordham’s Rose Hill Gym in The Bronx, N.Y. Molly Sullivan will handle sideline reporting for all Philadelphia games (July 21-23), while Jeff Goodman will handle reporting for the semifinals and championship.

ESPN is carrying games from The Basketball Tournament for the third year. The expanded broadcast schedule for 2016 includes 15 games across ESPN platforms – three games on ESPN, six games on ESPN2, two games on ESPNU, and four games on ESPN3. Of the 11 games on TV, seven will be in primetime on either ESPN or ESPN2, including the $2 Million Winner Take All Championship. The schedule:

Date Game Time (ET) Network
Thurs, July 21 Rd of 16 Game 1 1 p.m. ESPN3
  Rd of 16 Game 2 3 p.m. ESPN3
  Rd of 16 Game 3 7 p.m. ESPN2
  Rd of 16 Game 4 9 p.m. ESPN2
Fri, July 22 Rd of 16 Game 5 1 p.m. ESPN3
  Rd of 16 Game 6 3 p.m. ESPN3
  Rd of 16 Game 7 7 p.m. ESPN2
  Rd of 16 Game 8 9 p.m. ESPN2
Sat, July 23 Quarterfinal 1 12 p.m. ESPN2
  Quarterfinal 2 2 p.m. ESPNU
  Quarterfinal 3 6 p.m. ESPNU
  Quarterfinal 4 8 p.m. ESPN2
Sat, July 30 Semifinal 1 5 p.m. ESPN
  Semifinal 2 7 p.m. ESPN
Tues, Aug. 2 Championship 7 p.m. ESPN


Opening rounds of TBT began July 9-10 in Charlotte and Los Angeles, and continue July 16-17 in Chicago and Philadelphia. TBT returns to Philadelphia for the Super 16 from July 21 through July 23, before moving on to New York City to for the semifinals on July 30 and the $2,000,000 Championship Game on August 2.

Over 350 teams applied to make the 64-team field, with each team consisting of a General Manager (GM), at least seven players, a Booster, and 200+ fan votes. All players must be 18 or older and all games are played under college rules with two 18-minute halves. 11 teams in each region were automatically selected based on how many votes their team received on The others were selected “at-large.”

TBT’s 2015 field included hundreds of players who have competed at the highest levels all over the world. Overseas Elite, a team of veteran international professional players, won last year’s $1 million winner-take-all title at historic Rose Hill Gymnasium. Fans who voted for Overseas Elite shared in the winnings, taking home a combined $50,000 of the grand prize. The Notre Dame Fighting Alumni, a squad made up of some of the best players in University of Notre Dame history, won the inaugural title and $500,000 in 2014.


Conceived by CEO Jonathan Mugar as the ultimate opportunity for fans, athletes and social media mavens to live out their dreams and chase once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, TBT is a high stakes sports/media event that is changing the way people consume professional sports. In its first two seasons, The Basketball Tournament drew over 400 team entries and over 100,000 participating fan entries from around the country. Participants range from professional players and recent college stars to pickup basketball players and fans who have never even played the game.  Among the event’s advisors are Tony Ponturo of Ponturo Management Group, Andy Dolich of Dolich Consulting, and Len DeLuca of Len DeLuca & Associates, LLC.


Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s College Sports PR, while also working on ESPN soccer, Around the Horn, PTI and more. Previously oversaw communications for ESPN's Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows.
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