March Madness spoiler: NCAA tourney bracket leaks online early – CNET
Part of the excitement of March Madness is the anticipation of finding out who’s going to play in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament — a.k.a. the Big Dance — and who’s staying home.
But somebody apparently didn’t feel like sitting through CBS Sports’ two-hour selection show Sunday and decided to spoil the fun (and anticipation) by leaking the entire 68-team bracket on Twitter about about a half hour into the telecast — before more than half of the tourney field had been announced. (CBS is the parent company of CNET.)
The leaked bracket, which proved to be 100 percent correct, instantly went viral. This ruined — or relieved — the excitement surrounding and surprise of the most eagerly awaited announcements in sports. Just ask Comcast Sports Chris Miller.
The hashtags #leakedbracket and #leakednccabracket were trending and just like that, you knew which teams that were sweating to get an invitation (Syracuse is lucky) and which teams had their bubbles burst — sorry Monmouth. (Can you say March Sadness?)
This was the first time CBS made its Selection Show two hours long from the previous hour-long format. But in this day and age of the Internet, even 10 minutes may be too long. Instead of showing the full bracket and doing analysis afterward as in previous years, CBS decided to break things down region by region.
For at least one impatient basketball fan, this was a clear shot clock violation. Perhaps next year’s show will be a much shorter, straightforward show, if only to not repeat another disaster.
Representatives for CBS Sports did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Meanwhile, will the tourney’s No. 1 seeds Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia and (stunner) Oregon make it to the Final Four in Houston in April? Or will scorned Michigan State, possible Cinderella Fresno State or UConn make it?
Let the real madness begin…
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