The announcements Thursday that the NCAA Tournament will expand only to 68 games, not 96, and that every game now will be on live national TV and that the venerable NIT will survive made for a huge all-around victory for fans.

One thing to keep in mind, though: There is no such thing as a free lunch, and no such thing as a free game.

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After spending big to add the NCAAs to its existing portfolio of NBA and MLB games Turner surely will seek higher subscriber fees from TV distributors as its contracts come due.

Those costs eventually must get passed along to . . . you know who, whether or not you watch the NCAAs.