With the start of March Madness of Wednesday, millions of college basketball fans will be eagerly watching and following their favorite teams. And of course, keeping an eye on their brackets.
Unfortunately, daily fantasy players are not able to play March Madness DFS because of regulation. But that’s not stopping from FanDuel from offering a March Madness contest of their own called the FanDuel Bracket Pick’em.
FanDuel users can enter for free and have until 1 PM ET to get their entries for FanDuel Bracket Pick’em.
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FanDuel Bracket Pick’em Rules
FanDuel is attempting a new take on March Madness brackets. Instead of selecting a team for game in the tournament, with FanDuel Bracket Pick’em users will pick five teams for a chance to win a share of $25,000. The game promises to be a simplified version of an old classic.
Important: When making your selections, you will need to pick five teams with combined seeds that total at least 20.
FanDuel Bracket Pick’em points will be awarded for every win throughout the tournament. To encourage FanDuel users to pick lower-seeded teams, points will be multiplied by the seed one of the teams when they win:
Round of 64: 10pts x Seed
Round of 32: 25pts x Seed
Sweet 16: 50pts x Seed
Elite Eight: 100pts x Seed
Final Four: 250pts x Seed
Championship: 500pts x Seed
The contest payouts will be based on a “Beat the Score” format. Players earning 400 or more points or more will receive a prize.
Earn 400 or more points: Receive free play entry into a FanDuel contest
Earn 2,500 points or more: Receive your share of $20,000
The overall points leader will receive $5,000.
Once your picks are submitted, you will not be able to edit them. As March Madness rolls on, you will be able to monitor your picks and score from the Bracket Pick’em page.
Why Isn’t March Madness DFS Offered?
There was a time when daily fantasy sports sites offered college basketball contests – but not today. In 2016 most of the top DFS sites that offered college sports contests voluntarily agreed to halt the offering of contests. Today, there are no top daily fantasy sports offering college basketball, college football or any other college sports for that matter.
And the reason is fairly simple – regulation. Once states started to embrace daily fantasy sports a few years back states —
and more importantly, the NCAA — started to express concerns about DFS in college sports.
College sports are by nature amateur based. The NCAA had significant concerns about issues about any association of college sports to gambling.
And with daily fantasy sports increasingly legal and a possible overturn of PAPSA in the cards later this year, DFS sites clearly did not want to rock the boat.