NCAA Basketball Tournament Expanding to 96 Team Format?

February 2, 2010

In an apparent effort to show College Football and the BCS that administering change is not a sign of weakness or “the work of the devil,” the wacky (and possibly Canadian) folks behind the NCAA basketball tournament have reportedly decided to explore adding an extra 31 teams to the current March Madness format.

According to, with the contract for the NIT Tournament (which serves as the consolation bracket for 32 teams that couldn’t join Fordham or Lenny Smith’s dental academy in the NCAA tourney) expiring this year, the top collegiate brass have begun discussing adopting the weaker tournament and creating one “superbracket.”

"Nothing is a done deal," NCAA Senior Vice President Greg Shaheen, who oversees the tournament, told on Monday afternoon. "We're talking with parties who have interest."

That sounds like a surprisingly reasonable and honest response by a group of people who spend their lives profiteering off of student athletes.

"We have to assess everything,” he added. "Have we talked to people in our membership about expanding? Absolutely."

I don’t want to jump the gun or overstate the importance of this story, but if it happens - this would be the single greatest thing to happen to humanity… ever!

The NCAA tournament is the most exciting event in sports, so why not make it last a little longer (kind of like sex or a Spam eating contest). If it was up to me – which, one day I imagine it will be – the NCAA would adopt the “Breitman 512 Team” format, so this is a step in the right direction.

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