The complete NCAA Tournament bracket leaked online less than halfway into CBS’ selection show Sunday night. Any skepticism was slowly erased as pairing after pairing proved correct. It took much of the intrigue out of the program.
The NCAA has a released a statement acknowledging the leak. It reads:
“We go through great lengths to prevent the tournament field from being revealed early and the NCAA took its usual measures to protect this from happening. Unfortunately, and regrettably, the bracket was revealed prior to our broadcast partners having the opportunity to finish unveiling it. We take this matter seriously and are looking into it.”
There are few specifics on how this happened and none on who may be responsible.
CBS declined comment during the broadcast and I was told one would not be coming, which squares up with what Yahoo’s Jeff Eisenberg is reporting.