Someone at ESPN is in a lot of trouble.
Earlier today, the network mistakenly aired the NCAA Women’s Tournament bracket on a sidebar during its men’s tournament coverage on ESPNU. As Dick Vitale talked about the matchups in a men’s Bracketology special, we learned Kentucky is a No. 6 seed, playing in the Greensboro Region. Its first opponent will be Princeton in Raleigh on Saturday. Baylor is Kentucky’s No. 1 seed in the tournament.
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Kentucky’s spot isn’t much of a surprise considering it is exactly where ESPN’s Women’s Bracketology had the Cats slotted earlier today. However, interest in tonight’s Women’s Selection Show just dropped significantly.
UPDATE (4:54) — ESPN Apologizes
The four-letter network has apologized and moved up the Selection Show.
In working with the NCAA to prepare for tonight’s Women’s Selection Special we received the bracket, similar to years past. In the midst of our preparation, the bracket was mistakenly posted on ESPNU. We deeply regret the error and extend our apology to the NCAA and the women’s basketball community. We will conduct a thorough review of our process to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future. We will now broadcast the full bracket at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and the regularly-scheduled show on ESPN at 7 p.m.