There is a more subtle implication of a larger field that may have a much larger long-term impact than the temporary backlash from fans and pundits. A 96-team tournament means more games, which means more missed classes for the players.
While many have waited a lifetime to hear government officials address the lack of competition in agriculture and enforce antitrust laws, one question remains: How fast will the wheels of justice turn?
The approach of looking to the roles, activities, sponsors, and networks of players--be they organized crime figures, politicians, experts, influencers, or some combination thereof--is today, more than ever, imperative.
Recently, the NFL granted an exclusive license to Reebok to manufacture all NFL-licensed apparel. In response, American Needle is suing the NFL, claiming the exclusive license eliminates market competition for NFL apparel.
If President Obama really wants to change the system that green-lighted the bailout of "too big to fail" banks, he will have to overhaul federal antitrust laws so that they actually protect the greater good.
A new scheme -- would require Internet users to pay for cable TV if they want to watch popular shows online -- appears to be the product of collusion between major programmers and the big cable, satellite, and phone companies.