Talk of an expansion of the NCAA tournament has left many people wondering why the NCAA would do implement something that so many people are against.
The answer is: money.
People automatically assume that the NCAA is just doing this to be greedy, that they just want to sit on a big pile of money because they can. This however is not a good assumption to make because people forget that the NCAA is a massive organization that is in charge of sanctioning the sporting events of over 1,200 schools that participate in 23 men's and women's sports.
Most of these sports the NCAA supports never turn a profit which puts the burden of funding the NCAA mainly on two sports, men's D-1 college basketball and FCS college football (1-A). While some sports programs in other sports do turn a profit, the majority of profitable sports programs are in these two sports.
With the revenue the NCAA gets from these sports they must hire workers to oversee each of these 23 sports, pay for booking venues for tournaments, paying for officials, and make sure each of these 1,200 schools are following the NCAA rules.
The profit from these events are spread very thin which is why the NCAA is trying to make as much money as they can.
I think people forget the scope on which the NCAA operates. The NCAA feels that it will be better for college sports in general for them to make more money from the NCAA tournament.
Is the tournament expansion a good thing for college basketball? No.
Any tournament that the 2009-2010 North Carolina would have participated in shows that the tournament will be no longer a showcase for the best teams in the country.
I will not blame any college basketball fan who is not happy about the expansion, but I think it is important to show both sides of the argument.
The NCAA is going to do what it wants to do regardless of what you think because what do they have to lose? What are you going to do start watching NAIA sports instead? If you want to watch college basketball you have one choice and that is the NCAA.
They could not care less what you think they should do.