ESPN does not have broadcasting rights to March Madness. CBS and Turner Sports paid large sums of money for that. That will not, however, stop ESPN from trying to capitalize on college basketball's most exciting weekend. Even though ESPN can't show the games, they will show Bill Simmons, the columnist/podcaster/broadcaster/editor/creator of Grantland, on a YouTube link providing live coverage of the first weekend of NCAA March Madness.
The live-stream will show Simmons in his house, along with ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and Grantland writer Rembert Browne. They will provide pregame and postgame commentary.
The footage will be available on Grantland.com/live.