College World Series on CBS

From 1988-2002, CBS Sports televised a portion of the annual College World Series.


From 1988-1990, CBS only televised the championship game. From 1991 until the end of their coverage in 2002, CBS televised one game on the first Saturday of the World Series besides the championship game.

Format change

Prior to 1988, the College World Series was a pure double-elimination event. Beginning in 1988, the tournament was divided into two four-team double-elimination brackets, with the survivors of each bracket playing in a single championship game. The single-game championship was made for broadcast television, with the final game on CBS on Saturday afternoon.

The end of CBS' coverage

In 2003, the tournament was shifted entirely to cable on ESPN, which had begun covering all of the other games of the CWS since 1982 (and a partial schedule since 1980). The championship final became a best-of-three series between the two bracket winners, with games scheduled for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings.

In 2015, college baseball returned to CBS Sports in the form of a multi-year agreement between the American Athletic Conference and CBS Sports Network.[1] Under the terms of the package, CBS Sports Network would air three Houston Baseball games in 2015, as well as the first two contests of the 2015 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship. Carter Blackburn provided play-by-play for all seven games of the package, while analyst duties would be handled Darryl Hamilton and Ray King along with Brandon Tierney.



Year Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
2002[2][3] Greg Gumbel[4] Rick Cerone
2001[5][6] Greg Gumbel Ray Knight
2000[7][8] Greg Gumbel Jerry Kindall


Year Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1999[9][10] Sean McDonough Joe Carter
1998[11][12] Sean McDonough Fred Lynn
1997[13] Sean McDonough Fred Lynn
1996[14][15] Sean McDonough Steve Garvey
1995[16][17] Sean McDonough Jeff Torborg
1994[18][19] Greg Gumbel Jeff Torborg
1993[20][21] Greg Gumbel Jim Kaat
1992[22][23] Greg Gumbel Jim Kaat
1991[24][25] Greg Gumbel Jim Kaat
1990[26] Greg Gumbel Jim Kaat


Year Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1989[27] Brent Musburger Joe Morgan
1988[28] Brent Musburger Rick Monday


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