This Day In Sports History (March 7th) — NCAA Selection Sunday
It was on this day in 1982 that the NCAA Tournament Selection, also known as Selection Sunday, was first broadcast on live television. Since then, a live broadcast of the event, which takes place the weekend before the tournament begins, has been used to inform each school of whether they have made it into the tournament, and where they will be seeded.
Both CBS and ESPN televise the selection process, however, CBS owns the official rights to cover the selection of the men’s tournament field as they broadcast the vast majority of the games. What will happen, as a result, is CBS will announce each bracket first, followed by ESPN only seconds later.
This year’s Selection Sunday is slated to take place on March 17. Much is yet to be decided as most of the conferences still await the completion of their own tournaments to find out who will earn each of the 31 automatic bids. Once that is figured out, it will be interesting to see who the recipients of the remaining 37 at-large bids are, and how those teams are ranked. Only time will tell.
Here is a look at the Michigan Wolverines being selected as the 10th seed in the 2009 tournament.
Franco Harris, NFL – Born March 7, 1950 (age 64) in Fort Dix, New Jersey
Lynn Swann, NFL – Born March 7, 1952 (age 62) in Alcoa, Tennessee
Joe Carter, MLB – Born March 7, 1960 (age 54) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma