NCAA Bracket 2011: Is the Sweet 16 the Biggest Spectacle in Sports?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IMarch 24, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils moves the ball while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The NCAA tournament draws millions of viewers every year as the best college basketball teams in the nation battle it out to determine who deserves the title of national champion.

In recent years, the popularity of the college game has grown and some even say that watching the competition is better than the NBA playoffs and even the Super Bowl.

The attraction to any college sport and especially the NCAA tournament and Sweet 16 is the fact that college athletes are normally playing for three specific goals: Sportsmanship, camaraderie and pride drive collegiate athletes and many find that type of play more appealing that the traditional greed and marketability of professional sports.

The Sweet 16 is in a different class when compared to the rest of the NCCA tournament and all other college sports.

The best 16 teams in the United States come together and host a flurry of games that can make even the most battle-tested fans cling to the edge of their seats. College players that are trying to make a name for themselves take their game to the next level and try to take their teams to the top.

Another thing that sets apart the Sweet 16 from other playoff systems are the fans. College basketball fans are some of the best in the world and have no shame in showing their team pride, as any team has a legitimate chance to make it all the way to the finals.

Whether or not the Sweet 16 is actually the biggest sporting event of the year, it will not stop the fans from watching the game of basketball that they love.

The Elite Eight and Final Four only add to the classic sports drama and fans all over the world will continue to debate whether or not it deserves the top spot among the biggest spectacles in sports.