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March Madness by the Numbers

The teams, the stats, the money ... the Madness!



    March Madness by the Numbers
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    It’s NCAA Tournament time! The Super Bowl may get the crown for single biggest sporting event, but for many sports fans the men’s NCAA Tournament is the most exciting. Sixty-seven games over three weeks give college basketball fans all the drama, upsets and buzzer beaters they could want. Here are the numbers behind the Big Dance. 

    Who Gets In:

    The Maryland Terrapins react after it was announced that they would be the fourth seed in the Midwest Region as they watch the NCAA Selection Sunday show at Coach Mark Turgeon's house on Sunday, March 15, 2014.
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    351: The number of NCAA Division I basketball programs competing in men’s basketball

    68: Number of teams accepted into the NCAA Tournament

    Who's Had Success? Who Hasn't?

    Scottie Lindsey #20 of the Northwestern Wildcats reacts after being called for a foul against the Michigan Wolverines. It's been a tough 78 years for the 'Cats
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    11: Number of NCAA Tournament titles UCLA has won since 1939, the most of all time. They won't be adding to that total this year. They weren't invited to the Dance. 

    78: Consecutive seasons that Northwestern has not made the NCAA Tournament, the longest streak of any major conference school 

    Let's Talk Money:

    The NCAA Tournament generates a lot of cash.
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    $4B: Estimated loss in productivity for U.S. workers during first weekend of the NCAA Tournament

    $878: Cost for an All-Session Final Four VIP Ticket

    $10.8B: Cost for broadcast rights for NCAA Tourney from 2011-2024

    $700M: Estimated annual revenue the NCAA makes from the Men’s Division I Tournament

    So You're Saying There's a Chance:

    Members of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrate with the Big 12 Basketball Tournament trophy
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    124: Number of wins without a loss the #1 seeds have against the #16 seeds

    2.4T-to-1: Your chances of filling out a perfect bracket for the NCAA Tournament

    9/2: Odds of Kansas winning the NCAA Tournament, the best of any team

    We're All Watching (And Wagering):

    Sports book patrons betting on March Madness games at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
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    50M: Number of workers in the U.S. who are projected to fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket in 2016

    17.8M: Total number of live streaming video hours expected to be consumed during the 2016 NCAA Tournament

    12: Number of different platforms available to watch the NCAA Tournament in 2016

    $9.2B and $262M: Amount Americans will wager on the NCAA Tournament and the amount of those wagers done legally

    Sources: ESPN, NCAA, Statista, Washington Post, Ticketmaster, CBS Sports, Yahoo Sports, USA Today, Vegas Insider, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc, American Gamer Association

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