Posts Tagged: NCAA

Which Is The Whitest TV Network Of Them All? (CBS)

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It's part of the reason CBS paid $10.8 billion for 14 years worth of broadcast rights to the NCAA tournament.

Yes, having the rights to a really popular sporting events allows networks to sell ad time at a premium during said event, but it also gives them the opportunity to pimp their own programming. "Hey, now that we have several million people watching Tennessee play Michigan, why not tell them about that new comedy we're airing?" It doesn't take a particular genius to figure that out, but all of the networks do it and they've all [...]


Did You Finish Your Bracket Yet?

If you are planning to participate in The Official 2011 Awl March Madness Bracket Tournament Challenge Sponsored By The Awl but are still tinkering around with your bracket, fair warning: The deadline is noon eastern today. Hurry it up.


Your Penultimate NCAA Bracket Challenge Update: Behold, Your Final Four

You didn't realize basketball and March Madness were things that were still happening? Well, they in fact are, as is our ongoing Tournament Bracket Challenge Thing. Here's the strange place in which we find ourselves.


Last Chance For Glory

At last glance, 284 of you had signed up for our inexplicable March Madness bracketpalooza. Tipoff for the tournament proper-play-in game MY ASS-occurs at 12:20, so if you're one of those procrastinatory types who figures, "Oh, I'll get to it eventually," you should get to it now. We'd hate for you to be left out of all the, I don't know, fun? Yeah, let's go with fun. Anyway, do it up!


Real America: March Tuition Madness

NCAA basketball "March Madness" is on-beginning today, a host of institutions of higher education compete for bragging rights and an incremental boost in income from licensed-merchandise sales. But Awl readers know that the real champion school is the one that can charge the most tuition a year and still attract a robust student body to rock the all-important school rankings. Using the figures provided by college information resource Peterson's, I ran the NCAA tournament bracket by tuition. (In the case of state university system schools, the lower, in-state tuition is used.) It was a barnburner.


2014 March Madne$$: The School Tuitions Of The NCAA Bracket

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It is once again time for the NCAA "March Madness" basketball tournament. The eventual champions will get to bask in the national spotlight. And sure, winning a basketball title is worth bragging about—but we all know the real champion is the institution of higher education that can charge the most tuition and still have enough students to keep its rejection letter printer warm. It's The Awl's annual NCAA bracket by tuition, using the college information resource Peterson's. (Where available, in-state tuition was used.) Since we first began March Madne$$ in 2009, the winning tuition has risen from $38,622 to [...]


Sign Up For The Official 2011 Awl March Madness Bracket Tournament Challenge Presented By The Awl!

That's right, folks, it's that time again! The ides of March are upon us, and it's TIME TO GO MAD! Don't have any idea what I'm talking about? Well, that makes sense as I've currently not given you much, if any, context with which to understand what I'm saying. Wait, but you know what, readers of The Awl are so sports savvy*, I'm sure you guys caught my "mad March" reference up there as an allusion to our (now) annual tradition: The Official 2011 Awl March Madness Bracket Tournament Challenge Sponsored By The Awl!


Upsets All Around: Your Awl Tournament Bracket Competition Update

What a weekend! Universal health care reform! Extremely nice weather in New York! And the fall of Pete's Jayhawks from the top of the Official Awl Tournament Bracket Competition! These three things are all of equal value and importance! In case you were outside all weekend and not paying attention to basketball, here's what you missed.


So You're Not All The Gay

I do not know why there are like 222 entries in our Awl NCAA bracket-fest. I THOUGHT YOU WERE ALL HOMOS? This sort of maybe changes in my mind what I should be covering here? Like, less Tom Ford, more Tom Petty? (Or sure, Tom Brady, obvs.) So: LESS TINA BROWN, MORE TIKI BARBER MAYBE?


Who Got Hurt (And Helped) By The Thanksgiving Tourneys

Since 2006, when the NCAA relaxed the rules on programs participating in so-called “exempt” early-season tournaments, there's been a proliferation of made-for-TV preseason events. This year, it seems there’s been a supernova of them: large and small, exotic locales and more familiar ones. Organizers try to pack as many as a dozen games into a few days to maximize competition and, more importantly in their eyes, occupancy at the resorts and venues that host.

Travel tournaments date back to the 1960s, but they really gained prominence in the '80s when big-name programs began using the events to boost name recognition and to spend some quality time bonding. Of course, [...]


The Official Awl NCAA Bracket Challenge: Our Winner Revealed!

Believe it or not, it's been almost a month since we embarked on this magical journey that is the Official Awl Tournament Bracket Challenge. There have been ups, there have been downs, but like everything, it's run its course and now's the time to say goodbye. But you know what they say, if you really love something, let it go and if it comes back to you, it's yours forever.


The Official Awl March Madness Bracket Tournament Challenge Update: There Will Be Blog

Wow, what a way to kick off March Madness, am I right? Of the first 16 games, 8 (that's half) were decided in either OT (overtime) or by 3 points or less. That means things were exceptionally close! For comparison, only nine games TOTAL last year were decided by the same criteria. You know what else is close? The rankings in the ongoing Official Awl March Madness Bracket Tournament Challenge!


Join The Official Awl NCAA Tournament Bracket! (Seriously)

That's right hoops (that's slang for basketball) fans, it's March and it's about time we go mad for it! At the suggestion of one of our loyal readers, I have created a group on ESPN and have forced both Choire and Alex to fill out a bracket, much to their chagrin (and, in Choire's case, total bafflement, followed by blind guessing), and now it's your turn-to fill out a bracket. But wait, we're not just playing for pride and bragging rights here.