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NCAA to expand March Madness from 65 to 68 teams


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If this has been posted earlier I apologize

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA plans to expand the men's basketball tournament from 65 to 68 teams beginning next year and announced a new, $10.8 billion broadcasting deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting on Thursday that will allow every game to be shown live for the first time.

"This is an important day for intercollegiate athletics and the 400,000 student-athletes who compete in NCAA sports," interim NCAA president Jim Isch said. "This agreement will provide on average more than $740 million annually to our conferences and member schools."

The men's tournament last expanded in 2001, adding one team to the 64-team field that was set in 1985. Talk of tweaking March Madness again generated a lot of chatter from fans worried about watering down the competition and those fearing the additional bracket guesswork involved in predicting a winner.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/36715263/ns/sports-college_basketball/

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So the NCAA isn't as clueless as I thought .... Great move only going to 68 and just as great move televising all the games.

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Very good news and the right move if they were hell bent on expanding.

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This makes me a lot happier than the 96 they proposed earlier. I really didn't want that happening

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Glad that its not the 96, but this is just stupid.  We now have 4 play in games, which no one cares about.

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Glad that its not the 96, but this is just stupid.  We now have 4 play in games, which no one cares about.

is it really that big of a deal? u should be ecstatic its not 96 teams....i know i am

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Those 4 teams care about those 4 play-in games.

I have no problem with this.  68 makes WAY more sense than 65. 

All the #1's should have the same scenario... playing a play-in winner.

Right now, 3 of them get rested opponents and one gets a less rested one.

This is a very logical change.

The tv deal is more important than the extra teams.

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the economy must be good

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