After eight years of “Barackatology,” as ESPN dubbed it, the recent Presidential tradition of filling out an NCAA tournament bracket on-camera for the network is no more.
The Washington Post reports that President Donald Trump has declined an invitation from ESPN to fill out a March Madness bracket, which former President Barack Obama did all eight years he was in office.
In an email, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Post “We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future.”
That other opportunity, if it does come to pass, seems likely to include golf — given Trump’s affinity for the game. He hit the links with Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, this past weekend in Florida. And in May, the Senior PGA Championship — a prestigious senior golf tournament — will be held at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, VA, just 27 miles from the White House.
But Trump has never indicated that he is a fan of college basketball, or a viewer of the NCAA Tournament, which made this particular tradition unlikely to continue under his administration.
Still, ESPN did extend the invite, after questions about whether they would do so.
“We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined,” ESPN said in a statement, per the Post report.
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