In an unforeseen attempt to gain more popularity for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, better known as March Madness, the NCAA will be allowing all collegiate, high school, and middle school teams into the tournament. In previous years, the tournament was limited to only 68 teams: 32 conference champions and 36 ‘at-large’ teams. However, now the almost 1,000 NCAA schools across all divisions will be joined by every other school basketball team in the country, all the way down to 6th grade. Critics say that the difference in talent between the levels is too great, but NCAA President Markus Emmity is not worried about the problem.
“We are confident in the ability of teams all across the country to play at a competitive level,” Emmity said. “This new format for the incredibly popular tournament will open up new doors for us to exploit – I mean employ – thousands of new student-athletes.” With questions swirling already about the fact that collegiate athletes don’t get paid, this new policy is sure to cause plenty of turmoil.
“This new addition takes advantage of middle and high school students; millions of people will be putting these kids under a microscope, criticizing every movement of these athletes, most of whom have yet to mature. The NCAA should stick to what they do best: taking advantage of college students and putting them under a microscope,” a member of the NCAA Tournament committee told me on the condition of anonymity.
The NCAA will be sending scouts and basketball experts to every school across the country in order to properly seed the teams. An NCAA spokesperson assured the press that the organization would have the funding to see every school, explaining how they will simply pressure schools into diverting money away from Fine Arts, Science, Math, English, and Social Sciences departments. In addition, the spokesperson assured the press that Wichita State would be seeded among the lower trenches of the middle school teams.
Current bracket predictions have North Broward Prep playing the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks. Tune in to CBS to see the official bracket reveal on April 1st.
April Fools! Sixth graders are safe!
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What do you think of the new policy? Are you excited to see North Broward in March Madness next year?