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It’s inevitable. At one time, the airing of a major sporting event on cable was unthinkable. That is no longer the case.
Currently, three of the four major American broadcast television networks pay $11.6 billion for the rights to the NFL. It breaks down to; CBS at $3.73B, NBC at $3.6B and Fox at $4.27B). This deal is up at the end of the year. In addition, cable television’s ESPN pays $8.8B through 2013.
As you can plainly see, ESPN pays more per year for its NFL rights package than the three broadcast networks. However ESPN is not part of the playoff telecasts or Super Bowl rotation. Undoubtedly, this is on ESPN’s radar.
So the NCAA just approved a new format for March Madness, expanding the field from 65 to 68 teams. Why? I mean expanding the field to 68 teams is better than to 96 or 128, but c’mon. Of all the NCAA postseason formats to mess around with, the men’s basketball tournament is the last one that needs tweaking (yeah, I’m referring to the BCS). How long have innumerable amounts of people been pushing for a change in the football postseason and nothing gets done, yet a few months of serious discussion about March Madness and Bam! just like that, new format. Really? I mean I guess there isn’t much to do about it now, and increasing the field from 65 to 68 will just let a couple more potentially deserving bubble teams in, but I also see it as a the first step to an ever expanding field. Next year they will increase it to 72, then 88, then 96, etc.
This is more of a venting piece and not a detailed breakdown or in depth analysis, I just feel as though it is an unnecessary change. Not enough of a change to truly make an impact, but a great building block for the NCAA Basketball postseason to change drastically from what we know in the next 5-10 years.