Here’s what everybody can agree on: March Madness is fun, especially when there’s a little money on the line.
March Madness is so fun that even Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffet doesn’t mind dangling a $1 million-a-year payday to those who can pick a NCAA tournament bracket through the Sweet 16.
To make the contest sweeter this year, Buffet said he’ll double the prize if Creighton, the team of his hometown Nebraska, emerges victorious in the conference. He is also willing to pay $100,000 to the person whose bracket stays intact the longest.
Unfortunately, the contest is only open to all Berkshire Hathaway employees.
The good news is that there are other ways to get into the hysteria of the tournament without having to spend a dime in the process.
CBS Sports, which runs one of the U.S.’s biggest bracket contests, is offering players a chance to form their own private pools and compete for prizes, including a trip to the 2019 Final Four or a tablet.
In the sports network’s bracket challenge, players need to compete against the entire CBS Sports community for a chance to win prizes. All the players need to do is name their entry and fill out their bracket.
On the other hand, CBS Sports’ Round by Round game is like a “pick’em” style game where players will simply choose the winners of each round before it happens instead of filling out an entire bracket.
Sports website Horns247 also opened its own version of bracket contest where players may win an overall grand prize of $1,500, 5-year subscription of Horns247 plus a PS4 Pro and deluxe edition of God of War.
Meanwhile, NBC Sports Washington teased players to try their luck in predicting the NCAA bracket with Washington Wizards floor seats and an autographed Bradley Beal jersey.
According to the NBC website, the person holding the highest-scoring bracket in the challenge will take home four lower Wizards tickets to the Celtics-Wizards game, the Beal Jersey, and a 60-inch4K TV.
Whatever challenge you sign up for, be sure that you come ready for the unexpected. That, after all, is what March Madness is all about.