Big Ten final time nearly moved to accommodate weather-related SEC changes Print
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Saturday, 15 March 2008 12:23
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 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -The storms affecting the SEC tournament in Georgia nearly had a ripple effect on the Big Ten tournament.
Sunday's SEC championship game was moved from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT after a tornado in Atlanta on Friday night forced the conference to adjust its schedule. The problem is, the Big Ten final was set for the same time, and both were to be broadcast on CBS.
Mike Aresco, senior vice president of programming for CBS Sports, said his network initiated discussion with the Big Ten about moving its game to the SEC's original time slot. He said the Big Ten tried, but couldn't make the switch on such short notice.
``We approached the Big Ten once the SEC informed us they had to move their time,'' Aresco said. ``We knew at that point they were going at the same time. They (the Big Ten) weren't able to do it, and we fully understood. Ideally, we would have had the games separately, but it didn't work out.''
Instead, the SEC game was moved to ESPN2, and CBS will broadcast the Big Ten final as originally planned.
CBS will broadcast the SEC game in the affiliates of the finalists' home markets.
``We did what we could to get the broadest possible market,'' Aresco said.
CBS will fill the 1 p.m. time slot with an extended version of the ``Road to the Final Four'' pregame show.
 

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