President Donald Trump is not going to fill out an NCAA Tournament for television purposes this year, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Former President Barack Obama changed the bracket game when he, during his time in office, agreed to fill out his men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets on ESPN. But Trump isn’t on board, according the Post’s story, which quotes an ESPN spokesperson: “We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined.” White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email to The Washington Post: “We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future.” Neither the White House nor ESPN had any details on what other opportunities might lie down the road. The news didn’t exactly come as a surprise to ESPN executives. They knew with a change of president, the annual feature might not continue. Obama hosted an ESPN crew each March and filled out brackets for both the men’s and women’s tournaments. Two of those brackets are now property of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Donald Trump declines to fill out out an NCAA Tournament bracket on TV
CBS Sports | Feb 15