04/03/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

March Madness Expansion? 96 Teams A 'Done Deal'

Sources at ESPN and inside the administration at a powerhouse NCAA basketball school told me today that the NCAA basketball tournament going to 96 teams is a "done deal."

An ESPN source said, "It's a done deal with the expansion of the tournament. Depending on how soon a (TV) deal is done, the added teams could start next year. The NCAA confirmed that bidders would be interested in 96 teams, so they're going with it."

Another ESPN source confirmed to me that the network was in the formative stages of pondering a bid for the expanded tournament.

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