Expanding the NCAA Tournament from 65 to 96 teams is "probable", Big Ten Commissioner Bob Delaney told USA Today.
Speculation has been running rampant that the NCAA will opt out of its 11-year, $6 billion deal with CBS at the end of this college basketball season. Expanding the tournament would certainly lead to more money for the NCAA, so opting out of its current deal with CBS is logical and probable.
The NCAA has three years and a little over $2 billion left on its contract with CBS.
College hoops scoops spoke with Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell and new Fordham coach Tom Pecora earlier this season. Both agreed that expansion of the tournament would be good for college basketball.
Both coaches cited the fact that only 65 of the 344 Division I teams make the NCAA Tournament. In Division I college football 68 teams of the 119 get invited to bowl games. The NCAA board is scheduled to meet April 21 where the matter will be discussed further.
Barring an unforseen obstacle, the tournament is likely to be expanded beginning in 2011.