I'm Not Doing A March Madness Bracket This Year

Donald Trump won't be continuing Barack Obama's tradition of filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket from the White House for ESPN.

President Trump will not fill out a bracket for March Madness this year, the Washington Post reports. Previous year during the tournament, Obama hit pay dirt on a handful of upsets but he had Villanova, the eventual national champion, losing in the Elite Eight. But while Obama was a vocal basketball fan and pickup player, Trump has not shown that same level of interest.

Obama, a basketball enthusiast who frequently played pick-up games with staff members and other politicians, filled out both men's and women's brackets for an annual special on ESPN.

ESPN knew that a change of Chief Executives would likely mean an end of the March tradition, but they made the request anyway.

White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks suggested Trump and ESPN could link up for something down the line, according to Maese: "We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future".

ESPN wasn't exactly surprised that the president declined their offer, however.

Two of Obama's brackets are now at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

  • Julie Sanders