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And Another Thing


NCAA comes to its senses, sort of

Well, I'll be. The NCAA blinked.

After talking for weeks (months?) that it was going to expand the NCAA tournament to a ruinous 96 games, the organization backed off today, somewhat. The plan now is to expand the tournament by just three teams, beginning next year.

You might think this had something to do with the almost universal opposition to a 96-team field -- except of course among coaches, for whom it would function as increased job security. But it likely had more to do with the fact that the NCAA also nailed down a new 13-year, $10.8 billion deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting.

The TV deal was, after all, the impetus for much of the chatter about a 96-team tournament. So again, it's more about the jing than anything else.

Ben Smith's blog.