Donald Trump declined ESPN invite to fill out NCAA Tourney bracket
President Donald Trump will not continue the tradition started by Barack Obama of filling out an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket on ESPN airwaves, reports The Washington Post.
ESPN reportedly reached out to the White House to gauge Trump’s potential interest in filling out a bracket on-camera as Obama did throughout his presidency. That invite was declined.
“We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined,” said ESPN in a statement.
White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks wrote in an email to The Post: “We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future.”
It’s unclear what exactly a different opportunity would entail, and The Post reports both ESPN and the White House didn’t present any details on any possibilities.
The news reportedly didn’t comes as a surprise to ESPN executives, either. Andy Katz, ESPN’s resident expert on “Bracketology” who came up with the “Baracketology” concept, once noted that “the bracket idea worked because President Obama follows basketball and is passionate about the sport.” It’s what made the annual event compelling television and a draw to others who also were filling out their brackets.
President Trump, on the other hand, isn’t known as a huge college basketball fan so his choice not to continue the tradition, at least at this time, makes sense.