"These stories of youngsters betting on the tournament concern Otteman, the Central Michigan professor. He contends that brackets are the "gateway drug" of sports gambling, giving children the first rush that can lead to addiction. Otteman credits the NCAA's anti-gambling publicity and education campaigns, but he is still bothered every year when the organization, on its website, provides printable brackets that are inevitably used for gambling.
"That's where it goes sideways to me," Otteman said. "It's a very hypocritical stance, in terms of fighting against legalization but still profiting from the popularity of the brackets."
The stance likely won't change. On Tuesday, in a federal courtroom in Philadelphia, attorneys for the NCAA continued the fight to keep sports betting illegal. The conflict is among the NCAA, professional sports leagues and the state of New Jersey, which has been trying to legalize sports betting for years.
Meanwhile, federal employees are reminded that their standards of conduct prohibit them from participating in any gambling while on duty or on government property. And if they have ESPN, they could watch President Barack Obama fill out his bracket."