It had been a yearly tradition under the Obama Administration, but appears to be dead in the Trump Administration. That was the filling out of the NCAA Tournament bracket. Under Barack Obama, the President would fill out both a men’s and women’s tournament bracket. President Donald Trump will do no such thing this March.

The Worldwide Leader did reach out to the White House to have Trump fill out a bracket on TV just like his predecessor, but was turned down.

ESPN said in a statement:

“We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined.”

The White House issued its own statement to the Washington Post:

“We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future.”

ESPN knew that a change of Chief Executives would likely mean an end of the March tradition, but they made the request anyway. The idea had been hatched by ESPN college basketball insider Andy Katz who knew President Obama was a big hoops fan.

But now with a new President, ESPN will move on. As for the Presidential brackets, they’re the property of the Smithsonian Natural Museum of American History.

As the White House mentioned, it looks forward to working with ESPN on another idea. What that will be neither side is saying, but at least next month, fans who were had been used to comparing their own brackets to the White House will have to look somewhere else in March.

[Washington Post]

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

  • Carter_Burger67

    It was an annual tradition started by the do nothing Obama. Don’t act like this is something that’s been going on since the invention of basketball.

    • rh535

      They did include that….. Literally the first sentence.

    • Justin_Herrick

      Looks like you missed the first sentence. They never said it didn’t start with Obama.

      • Carter_Burger67

        “It had been a yearly tradition under the Obama Administration, but appears to be dead in the Trump Administration. ” Didn’t say anything about it being a tradition under any other President. Because it wasn’t. it was started by Obama.

    • Christopher Bates

      Bush did NCAA brackets, too, actually.

  • Conundrum

    What was so great about having the President fill out his bracket? It was only good for Andy Katz and ESPN.

  • DrewShervin

    It’s about time this nonsense is over with. Who cares. Trump has no interest in college basketball.

  • Duffman123

    Trump has no time for this. His schedule is already packed with cable news and 3 AM tweeting

    • robbyburns

      He’s to busy watching SNL to fill out a bracket

  • Racing Fan

    “fans who were had been used to comparing their own brackets to the White House will have to look somewhere else in March.”

    Right, I’m sure about 2 people nationwide were doing that.

  • Tom Auclair

    To be fair, he did fill it out, but just wrote “TRUMP” in all the spaces.

  • Dan Grondy

    Hopefully this is the start of getting politics off ESPN