For college sports fans, there are few days that hold as much anticipation as Selection Sunday—when the NCAA announces which 68 teams will compete in its men’s basketball tournament..
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While fans criticized CBS for turning what is normally a 30-minute show into a two-hour torture fest, Twitter user @RICHIE posted a photo of the full bracket. As picks matched his bracket, users began to take note:
Debates over some of the controversial picks were occurring online even before CBS had made official announcements. Eventually, teams accepted the leaked bracket as fact:
that the NCAA ‘s TV deal with CBS and Turner networks is worth over $10 billion, and includes televised rights of the tournament and its exclusive selection shows
In response to the leak, the NCAA issued the following statement:
“We go to great lengths to prevent the tournament field from being revealed early and the NCAA took its usual measures to prevent this from happening. Unfortunately, and regrettably, the bracket was revealed prior to our broadcast partners having the opportunity to finish unveiling it. We take this matter seriously and we are looking into it.”
Several reports state that the leak caused CBS to reveal the remaining picks more quickly than planned. The network has yet to release a statement.
CBS Sports’ website did, however, publish an Associated Press article that called attention to its “poor” broadcast: Here's an excerpt:
“The broadcast drew wide criticism on social media for drawing out the selections. Some Kentucky players fell asleep during the show at the home of coach John Calipari. And others waiting for their draw found out about their matchups early as news of the leaked bracket went viral.”
The identity of the Twitter account’s owner isn’t yet known.