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Making your March Madness brackets easier

by Employee on ‎03-14-2012 01:10 PM

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My colleague, Phil Santoro, is a huge fan of March Madness and took the liberty of writing today's blog post. Phil says once you create your brackets on FiOS TV, you'll never go back to paper brackets again.


The brackets have been set for the 68 teams that will play for a chance to win the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.  The March Madness tournament officially kicks off Thursday, March 15


If you’re a college hoops fan, March Madness is the best month of the year. For the first time ever, I’ll be filling out my brackets on my FiOS TV. Verizon just launched a free new feature under our ESPN Fantasy Games app, the ESPN Tournament Challenge.


If you’re a FiOS TV customer, you now have a new way to fill out and follow your brackets with the ESPN Tournament Challenge app.  One of the cool things about the ESPN Tournament Challenge is that you can choose to play against millions of people from all over the world or create your own group with your friends.


So What?


Unlike the paper brackets, you can pick your teams and make changes without scribbles and cross-outs. And what’s even better, you can check your point totals to easily see how you are doing against other players. Try doing that with paper!


And for the uninitiated…

How Does March Madness Work?

What’s great about this tournament is the fact that out of the 68 teams slated, 31 teams have automatic bids by winning their conference tournament and the Ivy League regular-season champion receives an automatic bid because they don’t have a conference tournament. Therefore, only 36 teams rely on the selection committee to secure them a spot in the tournament. Generally speaking, each team needs to win at least 18 -20 games to receive a tournament bid if they don’t win their conference title.  So if your favorite team has 19 wins this season, they’re considered to be on the bubble, which means the committee says whether they’re in or out.  Every year it becomes the question of which bubble team makes it


Last year more than 6 million people participated in the ESPN Tournament Challenge. I did OK, but I certainly didn’t have the Butler Bulldogs winning it all. But, hey, who did? Well, 4,325 who played in the Challenge did. That’s 0.07 percent. I’m amazed that anyone had Butler.


This year’s March Madness tournament tips off on Thursday, March 15 and the championship game will be played on Monday, April 2.The big favorites, of course, are North Carolina, Michigan State, Syracuse, and Kentucky. And the odds makers are picking Wichita State as this year’s Bracket Buster.


Whatever happens, I’m looking forward to playing it on the new FiOS TV app, which launches today. If you play, you have to register for the tournament before tip-off of the first game on Thursday, March 15. That gives me plenty of time to scout Wichita State.



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