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Madness reigns in early window

On his way from overseeing CBS' coverage of the NCAA Tournament to overseeing the CBS Evening News, Sean McManus stopped by the network's annual viewing party.

So what did he think of the early fireworks? "I don't ever remember having an overtime, a double overtime and a buzzer- beater in the first two windows,'' he said. The game-switching maneuvers in the first window, he said, got "a little crazy.''

The emotional backdrop of this tournament for CBS is the fact that it could be the network's last, with the NCAA considering opting out of its deal - which has three years and $2.1 billion left on it - and ESPN poised to enter any bidding.

McManus declined to take a position on the notion of a 96-team tournament. But he did note that historically, when sports have expanded postseason fields amid initial criticism, the net effect has been increased interest.


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