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March Madness Live Hits Record 36.6 Million Video Streams During First Week
Published March 27, 2013
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GROUND CHUCK? ESPN’s Matt Doherty Monday took a thinly-veiled shot at Charles Barkley's analyst work during the NCAA Tournament. Without ever mentioning Barkley by name, Doherty said, “In my expert opinion, I’d like to see the network broadcasting the NCAA Tournament put on regular-season college analysts to cover the games. I think it disrespects the event, it disrespects the players. I think it’s a ‘turrible’ decision that they made” (“The Experts,” ESPNU, 3/25). AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Matt Yoder noted it is “not every day you see a basketball analyst call out another from a rival network so openly, especially someone who works for ESPN.” But it is a “legitimate example of growing resistance within college basketball to Barkley's NCAA analysis.” There are “many folks around college basketball who would wholeheartedly agree with Doherty's assessment.” Some of the things Barkley has said in this year's tournament “have been particularly puzzling” (AWFULANNOUNCING.com, 3/26).