CBS caught a lot of flack on social media for having a two-hour selection show.
It doesn't take long to reveal a bracket and, believe or not, there was a time when the show would only be 30 minutes. It wasn't until a few years ago that it was stretched to an hour, and now to the two hour madness you see before you today.
How do you fill two hours of a selection show? Well, with a lot of talking heads, some of who don't really study college basketball. There were touchscreen segments that bombed, way too much talking, commercials, and hearing from NBA analysts. IT TOOK AN HOUR AND 17 MINUTES TO REVEAL THE ENTIRE BRACKET.
Luckily about 20 minutes into the show, a bracket was leaked by a now-deleted Twitter account. It's like an angel that appeared to give us this gift and then vanished. Some say CBS got what it deserved in trying to stretch a show out that didn't need to be that long. One entity that wasn't too happy about the leak was the NCAA, releasing a statement about the situation.
"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 reveal prior to our broadcast partners having the opportunity to finish unveiling it. We take this matter seriously and are looking into it."
If nothing else, this mishap should prove the Selection Show does not need to be two hours.