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Published April 22 2010

NCAA plays to expand men's basketball tournament to 68 teams

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA plans to expand the men's basketball tournament from 65 to 68 teams beginning next year and announced a new, $10.8 billion broadcasting deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting on Thursday that will allow every game to be shown live for the first time.

The three-team expansion is much more modest than 80- and 96-team proposals the NCAA outlined just a few weeks ago at the Final Four. The move coincides with the new, 14-year broadcasting arrangement that interim NCAA president Jim Isch said will provide an average of $740 million to its conferences and schools each year.

The NCAA badly wanted every tourney game broadcast live.

``It was a goal from the very, very beginning and I believe it's what our memberships want and it's want our fans want across the country,' Isch said. ``I think without question, it was one of the driving factors in our position and why CBS and Turner make such great partners.'

Read more in Friday's Forum sports section.