Bracket banter: win an exclusive t-shirt from TCC

It’s that time of the year again – March Madness! This year The Courtside Collective, in association with ESPN, has created a tournament challenge. The process is simple [Editor: easy-peesey). Join our tournament group online at, fill in your bracket and follow all the coverage of the ‘big dance’ online at It’s a lot of fun and anyone can get involved. The teams are ranked 1-16 within their regions. You simply select which team you think will win throughout each round until you have a Final Four (See Obama’s selections below), National Finals selection (two teams), and finally an overall winner [Editor: My heart is with Syracuse but my head says Ohio State].

The winner of our group will take home an ESPN Goodie Bag as well as an exclusive TCC t-shirt.

Want more? Join the ESPN America tournament challenge for the chance to win a brand new portable basketball hoop! Click here to find out more.

Please note: The deadline is Thursday 15h March, 3pm! Get your bracket in now for a chance to win!


President Obama Fills Out Men’s & Women’s Brackets in ESPN Exclusive

President Barack Obama filled out his bracket predictions for the 2012 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments today exclusively with

The President is predicting a Men’s Final Four of Kentucky, Ohio State, Missouri and North Carolina, and a Women’s Final Four of Baylor, St. John’s, UConn and Notre Dame. ESPN will present all 63 games from the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship for the 10th consecutive year from March 17-April 3.

President Obama’s Final Four Selections:

Men’s: Kentucky, Ohio State, Missouri and North Carolina
Women’s: Baylor, St. John’s, UConn and Notre Dame


Tournament Challenge History

In 2011, the Men’s Tournament Challenge game was the most popular bracket game in the USA with more than 5.9 million brackets, breaking the previous record high of 4.8 million brackets set in 2010 by 24 percent.  President Obama’s 2011 men’s bracket ranked 746,086 overall, placing him in the 87.4th percentile.  While he didn’t predict any of the Final Four teams in the previous two years, he correctly picked North Carolina to win the National Championship in 2009.  President Obama placed in the 77.09th percentile of his women’s bracket entry last year.

Both the Men’s Tournament Challenge and Women’s Tournament Challenge games return for their 15th seasons and are free for fans to submit up to ten entries on Participants complete and submit a bracket of forecasted tournament game outcomes and points are awarded for each correct pick, with point values increasing as the tournaments progress.

Outside of the U.S., ESPN International has exclusive multimedia and syndication rights to the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.  ESPN television networks and broadband services are the home for live television and streaming coverage of tournaments, bringing the passion and pageantry of U.S. college sports to hundreds of millions of homes in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Source: ESPN


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