Tournament ending does not live up to great start

Published 9:08 am Tuesday, April 5, 2016

It has been a pretty dull finish to what started out as a spectacular NCAA Tournament on both the men’s and women’s side.

The men’s Final Four had a pair of blowouts, including a 44-point win by Villanova Saturday night, while on the women’s side no one is going to stop Connecticut from winning yet another title.

I really had high hopes for both tournaments, including spending Sunday and Tuesday in Indianapolis watching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish play for a title.

When I saw the four teams that reached Houston for the men’s final, I was less than impressed with the exception of North Carolina, of which I have been a fan of for many years.

Still, the drama and excitement seems to be gone in both Houston and Indianapolis unless your are a fan of the four teams that remain.

Maybe it is the fact that the games are being shown on pay television instead of CBS like the men’s tournament has been for years.

I do not understand putting it on TBS, TNT and TrueTV.

I know it is 2016, but there are still a lot of people out there who do not subscribe to cable or satellite TV.

But that is the way of the world.

I have the same problem with NBC and Fox Sports shuffling NASCAR to its “minor league” substations.

I just do not understand the logic of putting something on the main channel that most of America could care less about watching and forcing fans to shell out more money to watch their favorite sport on FS1 or NBCSN.

Maybe sports television has become too saturated. Perhaps there are just too many sports channels and not enough sports to go around.

I know it seems ridiculous to most sports fans, but I was perfectly happy with NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN.

Now everyone thinks they need to have a spin-off channel as if they were a successful sitcom, which needed to “spin-off” one of its characters.

Trust me, we do not need four of five “Law & Orders” or “CSIs.”

My parents once told me that less is more. Maybe we should take that into consideration with our sports networks.


Scott Novak is sports editor for Leader Publications. He can be reached at