You want your MTV? Better yet, you want your NCAA Tournament coverage airing on MTV?
It could happen, CBS Sports president Sean McManus said.
If the United States goes to war with Iraq and major developments occur during the NCAA Tournament, CBS might pre-empt its basketball telecasts. If that happens, McManus said CBS probably would shift the games to MTV, VH1 or TNN. Those cable networks are owned by Viacom, as is CBS.
"That's a decision you have to make at the time of the crisis," McManus said recently. "If there is a war going on and there are important news elements to cover, that will take precedent over a sporting event."
The NCAA Tournament begins March 20 and 21 with 16 first-round games each day.
I'm still not convinced that smallball works in the playoffs, but if they don't run themselves into the ground in April, they might prove the exception to the rule. But what you'll see is a plan similar (at least to start)