Odds of perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion, so why do we play?

phys.org | 3/19/2019 | Staff
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The odds are, quite frankly, astronomical. If you are sitting down today to fill out your NCAA bracket, know this: the odds of getting it 100 percent correct are 1 in 9.2 quintillion (a number string 19 digits long). But yet many of us still play, and there's good reason for that.

"Usually because the cost to enter is low (or free) and many sports fans think they are experts despite possibly never having seen more than five of the teams in the tournament play," says Rick Burton, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management in the Falk College. "They can have their favorite team win it all, and they get to think about miraculous upsets that might make them the one to beat the odds."

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As for claims of lost work hours due to the tournament, "I don't believe businesses suffer a true loss of productivity," says Burton, "If anything, the tournament may bond office staffs as they compare notes and follow each other's respective performances in filling out brackets....
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