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ESPN.COM REGISTERS A RECORD 1 MILLION SIGN-UPS FOR ESPN'S TOURNAMENT CHALLENGES

March 20, 2002

ESPN.com, the number one sports site, generated more than 1 million sign-ups for its seventh annual ESPN Tournament Challenges, the free contests challenging users to pick the winners of each game throughout the men's and women's NCAA Division I college basketball tournaments. The site recorded more than 830,000 entries last year.

ESPN Men's Tournament Challenge highlights:

  • At its busiest, the Men's Tournament Challenge was registering more than 433 brackets per minute and more than 25,900 per hour, which was between 11 a.m. - noon on March 14, just before the first games tipped off;
  • Twelve fans finished Day One with perfect brackets; at the conclusion of round two, there were no perfect entries with a 16-for-16 record.
  • Of the four No. 1 seeds, Duke was chosen by 39% of the registrants to win the championship, while 24% chose Kansas, 20% selected Maryland and 4% selected Cincinnati;
  • Teams still in the mix that received the fewest number of championship votes were Southern Illinois with 0.01%, and California and Texas each garnering .03%;
  • Of the major upsets that occurred during the opening round, only 3% picked Wyoming to defeat Gonzaga, who 97% of fans selected to advance on to the second round.

In addition, ESPN's second annual Wireless Tourney Pick'Em Presented by Chevy Trucks, the round-by-round game available on AT&T Wireless, Nextel and Sprint, has received more than 32,000 sign-ups to date, with fans continuing to register through the championship game. New this year, ESPN is offering a Second Chance Bracket Challenge to redeem bracket-busters like Cincinnati and Gonzaga. Participants can now log on and fill out their brackets from the Sweet 16 through the championship game. The game will be scored the same as the Tournament Challenge, with the exception of the first two rounds; however, the Second Chance brackets will not affect original Tournament Challenge entries.