Friday, April 5, 2013

March Madness

March Madness

Only days away from the end of March Madness, a crazed frenzy over college basketball's elimination tournament, to choose the most superior team in the nation. A team only keeps playing if it keeps winning.

Basketball seems to come down to plenty of exceptional shooters and, too frequently, plenty of players who foul. Most games are spent either on the foul line or in a time out which must make basketball a state of the art sports event for advertisers.

Basketball is a profit center for a school's financial health and gaining an invitation to March Madness gives the school a chance to get on television, and with that, a chance to participate in the distribution of advertisement dollars. Remember, dollars go to the schools not to the players.

Even realizing this, I'll still watch the tournament and grumble each time a commercial airs. Some day, rules of the game will change and speed the game up so it becomes viewer friendly. Maybe, some teams will even be smart enough use the backboard to pass off of, rather than a player, head down as he bulls his way to the basket, getting a charging call.

Ronald C. Downie

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