DailyNews- The MVP of Selection Sunday has to be Eric Rosenthal.
The founder of Page2Sports.com leaked the entire NCAA Tournament bracket on Twitter midway through CBS’ two-hour Selection Show slog, much to the delight of fans eager to learn their team’s fate.
“NCAA imma let you finish but this is the worst selection committee of all-time,” Rosenthal tweeted shortly after 6 p.m. He then leaked what he presented as the entire NCAA Tournament bracket, and he was right.
This was the first year that CBS expanded its selection show to two hours, and the format was frustrating to fans. Rather than releasing the seeds region-by-region, they would reveal a region and then analyze it, creating a gap of about 15 minutes between each region reveal.
Now if everybody could stand and give a round of applause and a warm welcome to CBS - and more importantly - the NCAA for finally arriving in 2016! What a shocker! People in the 21st century don't like to be inconvenienced? They don't appreciate having their time wasted for no other reason than to boost ratings? They'll do anything to save themselves so much as a few minutes, even it includes stealing the intellectual property of a multi-billion dollar sports organization? I guess the NCAA hasn't put out any rap albums over the course of the last decade, or they would have realized that promising people something that they are anxiously awaiting at a certain time and then unceremoniously pushing it back ALWAYS results in a leak.
A two hour show to announce the participants of a college basketball tournament? I don't know who the mole was in this situation, but they helped Eric Rosenthal give the NCAA and the television network that was trying to profit off them exactly what they had coming. If people aren't going to wait to hear their favorite musician's newest work then they certainly aren't going to wait the duration of a full length motion picture to find out which satellite school is going to get obliterated by #1 seed this year. Why do you think Netflix is so successful? It's because people want to consume what they enjoy in a timely manner. We're impatient. Hell, we might even be selfish, but were not as selfish as college athletics and it's television partner for thinking their "privileged information" was worthy of a two hour time slot on a Sunday night. They found out the hard way that this generation will stop at nothing to make you look stupid when they feel you're taking advantage of them. March Madness is awesome, but it's the structure of the tournament - not the individual teams that partake in it - that make it awesome. So maybe don't try to turn the selection process into the Oscar's when you could fit every second of actual entertainment in before the first commercial break.