What’s so special about a 64-team NCAA Tournament?


In a move that might generate less grassroots support than the nomination of Pauly Shore for surgeon general, college administrators are considering an expansion of the men’s basketball tournament. Nothing is official – an escape clause from a $6 billion television contract with must be triggered – but don’t be surprised if the 2011 tournament field is increased from 64 to 96 teams. Critics already are howling at the notion of revamping a format they don’t believe needs revamping, accusing the of meddling with the tournament to generate additional revenues (well, duh) and taking a cynical view of coaches who endorse the a-bigger-tournament-is-a-better-tournament theory.

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