Donald Trump won’t be adding March Madness to his already hectic schedule during the early days of his presidency.
Unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, Trump is declining to fill out brackets for the men’s and women’s tournaments on ESPN.
Obama, a huge basketball fan, made a tradition of making his picks and discussing them on the sports network each March.
ESPN expressed its “interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined,” spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Wednesday.
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But Trump, who predicted the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LI by eight points over the Atlanta Falcons (the Patriots won 34-28 in overtime in an improbable comeback), might get in the sports game later.
“We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future,” White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks told The Washington Post in an email.
Obama made good on a number of upset picks last year, including Hawaii beating fourth-seeded California in the first round. But he had Villanova, the eventual champion, losing in the Elite Eight.